F 1 D 0 - 2003 04 27 at 2310 Lame Entry Day. I hope I don't have many days like today. Oh, it was fine! Nothing was wrong, nothing bad. But the writing? It is so seriously lame! I'm listening to all of my own brilliant ideas. Me. Myself. And I. Me. Myself. And I. "I got this." "Listen to me." "I think I love my new toy." Feh. But I've told some of you about this in private email, so it makes sense that I should write about it here once and for all, yes? And if you know me at all, you know that consulting work here is slim to none too much of the time, so I shouldn't be making any kind of major investments. Still, it happened. Ann came with me to Colossimo's Music, and they truly had a half price sale. She was pretty determined to get this for me. It's lovely. I know life costs money, but I resist sometimes. I don't buy myself toys nor travel when I'm feeling cash poor. Ann reminded me how much of a good deal it was, and that it was probably a good time to do this. Ok, fine. They posted someone at the door who only let the same number of people out as in. To look at the wall of guitars, normally with perhaps a hundred of them in stock, now entirely naked, one has to imagine that this was a very good sale. When someone like me considers the concept of money saving, I consider half a good thing. Especially when we start on the low end to begin with. We looked at the pianos, and while many were sold, some of them were still available for sale. They had a lovely oaken one. It was entitled "Rachel's". I've never seen one, but it played alright. They didn't take the time to tune it or correct the action prior to the sale. Oh, yes, it was grand piano. Not a concert grand, but perhaps a 7 foot grand. Big enough for us to only flirt with it. Normally 8000, for sale at 4000. Delivery extra. My favourite of the pianos was a lightly used Yamaha upright. It had this wonderful crispy action. It just begged you to play the bass hard, and it just sang along. Sean was our sales person, and I asked him how much the Yamaha was. "Normally, 10,000.00 so half of that." Yikes! The grands were going for 4000.00 - but I can tell you that this had a wonderful voice and good muscles. I went recently to a piano show. This firm takes one or two full sized trailer loads of pianos from one city (town) to the next. They stay for a long weekend, and then move on. They held their sale here at the Community Auditorium. I caught it on the last day, the Tuesday. Who was it; Handel? Bach? When in a room full of pianos he had to play something on each and every one. Well, That's me. I do that too. When I did it most recently, I chose Freeford Gardens, and previously, I remember playing Mr Isaac's Maggot (favourite). In some ways, playing the same song on a room full of pianos is mean to the sales people, but if you want to hear the differences, you have to at least come in to it trying to play the same song the same way on each, and hear the differences in tone and feeling the piano exhudes. They were used to similar abuse. The people who come in and can only play chop sticks. Ok, they cannot play that either. Still, I'm lumped in with them, at least I think I am. So back to Colossimo's. Before checking on the pianos, we took a look at the student guitars. They were stacked up into a pretty mountain in the middle of the store. Every few minutes you would see someone else leave the store with one. They looked nice! Takamira? I couldn't really tell it apart from mine at home. Oh, it looked new and beautiful, but the sound was similar. It came with a book, a case and a strap I think. All of this for only half of 379.99 Ann suggested I keep trying out the other instruments. Now, when I was in Toronto, visiting the Twelfth Fret, they had a lovely 10 string mexican guitar thing I loved. It felt more like a mandolin, but it had this extra string. It wasn't too long, so I could play each fret with the assigned fingers, and do magic with it. It had a strange tuning, of course! The lowest pair of strings was B, and each next pair was a Dominant Fourth higher. Some of the instruments I checked were truly curious. There was a nice left handed Yamaha guitar. I didn't appreciate the lefthandedness until I tryed to play it. It was nifty-strange! I tried to hold it with switched hands, strum left, frets right. I just *could not* do it. But they only wanted 350.00 for it? And then I picked up this Ovation. The first thing I noted was how it kept sliding off of me. There was a salesguy who was nice, and said, "They're lovely instruments, but I won't buy an Ovation because of that. They won't stay against your body!" But at some point, I found a body position which kept it from sliding around. Without much work, I was able to play the kind of melodies I like, but they got this two-string sound. I just recorded this tonight, with five minutes of practice. I know it doesn't well show off the new guitar, but you'll hear how I sound on it. CareNot.mp3 or careNotMONO.mp3 Here is a page which describes Ovation's design considerations. http://www.soundme.com/eng/anatomia/pag04.htm And here are a few pictures, as that could help show the differences between this and other guitars. GuitarsSide.jpg guitarsPerspective.jpg frontGuitarsClose.jpg frongGuitars.jpg That's all I know.