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Idunno

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  1. The acoustic guitar sales listing is probably ready for a clean slate.
  2. Cool, but...courage? On a similar note, my bathroom door is book-matched and I'm contemplating making a guitar back from it. Gonna call it Stinkwood. The naming of it is open for suggestions. Flushingwood? Mud Ash?
  3. No. Like gitnoob, my focus is developing skills. I'm rather tired of the obsessions people garner as they romance the instrument itself. After a fashion it shows to be an inverse relationship to making music.
  4. Nope. Not at all Gitnoob. Not at all. Going back in my time well before the internet I built museum quality scale wood models of sailing vessels from reproduced plans, detail sheets and building standards employed during the time of tall ships. For instance, the main mast diameter was a function of the ship's beam. You had to have these references, or the general knowledge of a shipwright, to successfully proceed with the hobby. All the work was done by hand, including the fashioning of all manner of wood shapes, with basic hand tools. No machines (saws, planers, sanders, drills, etc.) were involved. Sanding was accomplished by scraping. Lot's of clamping and learning about wood species and their respective characteristics was essential to each constituent part of a build along with the knowledge of hand sharpening of tools, tool & jig fabrication, fabricating various scale diameter ropes, hand fashioning all metal fitments, on and on. The joy was hardly the finished product. It was embodied in its making. When I think of all the folks making acoustic guitars, and reflect back on the hobby mentioned above with the network of craftsman and artisans I met, the making of the guitars is hardly a comparable craft by contrast. But, if that's all you can claim to know then you will naturally consider yourself a craftsman if you've developed it to the extent of your abilities. And, I must admit, there are some visually stunning examples of acoustic guitars out there from the private builders, though aesthetics being the primary bait, most of them I can say do not suit my ear; . Machines are great for rendering a significant savings in time and involvement only if saving time and involvement presides over the ROI of pursuing craftsmanship, which is what has been sacrificed to machines by Martin, their ilk and many private builders. And, following your suggestion, we should hail the machine for replacing real musical instruments, coalescing the new real lest we not be old news cast-offs of a bygone era.
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    Nads, more precisely.
  7. Martin's legacy is craftsmanship. Early on it was one of the makers contracted by Lyon & Healy, the latter being a luthier of some reputation, and I often wonder which of the vintage Lyon & Healy guitars still in existence were produced by Martin before L&H started building their own under the brand Washburn (George Washburn Lyon) in Chicago. My point, regarding the vintage tools in that Martin museum, were any of them employed in the making of L&H guitars? Does the tour provide any insights into that? Very interesting legacy.
  8. Mr. Anderton, you might change your birth date in your public profile unless you really are 18 years old.

  9. Yamaha is an international company sourcing from another country that doesn't always abide by international law. Perhaps the lone wolf or the alpha male of the pack? I don't distinguish based upon the who and their personal mantras. That would eschew many, possibly most musical artists if I got that wrapped up in irrelevant and tertiary aspects diluting an interest. Any playable and sonically pleasing instrument should be considered sans the philosophes restricting what would otherwise free us all to employ our own good judgement.
  10. Whoa, Howard did you tell that pawn shop owner that Natura tuner buttons are $400.00/each? Sly haggling! Guitar looks great at 3X the price. Give us a sound bite next VOM1T.
  11. Chris is the reason I switched to Guild. Long story; goes back to '74. Still, it's a good video. Long live Martin Guitars.
  12. The 10K can be correlated if you're looking to correlate it, or conjured up if that's making more sense to you. Any number can work, IOW. Neal mentions the prodigy and we dismiss him as a weirdo who thinks guitar and thereby plays it. Then we have 50 y/o veterans asking a board how long before string changes. The notion of numbers just doesn't work. Nor should it. As previously stated, it's different for everyone and the claimant spotting us with 10K derived his number from a study of 1, 2, 3, 300 guitarists? Smell the sham? Finding a self-made expert in that yet? It took me 3 months to restore a 98 Jeep Cherokee bumper to bumper therefore it should take a similarly spirited person a similar period of time and, just for the sake of it, let's go macro and make everyone capable of that in the same period of time with the same level of quality. Asinine yet?
  13. Actually, I'm not connecting the undoing of natural things with a display or love. I would connect it with an unnatural force messing around with nature but that's where it stops. Now, should you write about undoing all those natural things as deeds to prove love, then it has to be connected in a manner that we understand and not a reach. In Scarborough Fair, the lyrics "Tell her to make me a cambric shirt. Without no seams or needle work. Then she'll be a true love of mine." is similar to your flow of impossible deeds so I'm guessing there's some influence there. But, even that song doesn't jump right out and elicit love. Who needs someone to perform impossible deeds as a show of love? That's counter intuitive. If anything, I see it as a way to ensure that love does not develop. It's like saying I'll love you when monkeys fly out of your butt. Like I said, love needs to be connected to deeds one would associate with enticing it. I do like the minimized lyric style, though, and try to use it when I can.
  14. Very true. It would pull sideways if not held down first against the board with a decent amount of squeeze. But, it was easy compared to starting my car back then. That hand crank could be dangerous and if your timing had slipped even a little you'd be there cranking your arm off. I don't even want to talk about making the butter or stoking the boiler.
  15. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002CZVU0/ref=emc_b_5_t Used this on the Guild F-412 I had.
  16. Objective quantitative analysis, of a subjective qualitative challenge, was completely logical to some people and a belly laugh to others who don't limit logic. But, yea, to push logic (and milking a few more miles out of the joke) aside, it's good to know some of the previously faithful realize they've been duped. Doctrine comes in all flavors. However - The thought made me conjure up a conservative estimate of hours spent playing that exceeded the 10K. Meaningless as a number alone, it did make me question most of those hours as poorly spent. So, I think the proposition is more towards making the most of opportunity (in sheep's clothing).
  17. Black Holes. You just can't predict when and where they'll be.
  18. Sure. People who think a big name and expensive in a single sentence equate to quality in workmanship and sound are people who do not possess the playing and aural skills to judge a guitar. So, they weigh their decisions on forum-speak. And/Or, they buy sight unseen with high hopes of bagging a trophy but get a hyena. Look at the ads and notice all the used high end stuff out there that can be found in frequent forum discussions getting vaunted and lauded. People actually take that chatter seriously and buy based upon it. Much of it is simply parroted by people who, if I were a betting man, probably have never touched the stuff they hawk or even have the skills requisite to properly sampling such instruments. They just want to earn a place within the ranks of a forum camaraderie and pay the propaganda forward. It's been that way since I started reading these various forums in the way back.That's where the hype meets its match in personal disappointment and good guitars are tossed, almost literally, onto the market at prices that fetch quick sales and the end of the suffering. Then of course, there's the purchase that could not be afforded but went down anyway. The buyer has to sell for financial reasons and loses his shirt and pride.
  19. Thanks, DE. The forum upgrade took me by surprise. But, it looks like it's back and working (just like before).
  20. All due respect, Plato is dead, his writings are therefore no more than writings to be referenced should some minority interest, or scholastic mandate, put eyes on it. Morality and ethos is a duty innate in all men without a reference to the past. If we all look over our shoulders we can contrive a balance between good and evil that qualifies it as a useful guide for the here and now. That means, of course, we must apply the evil to strike such a contrivance. But, oddly enough, past lessons have proved no more useful than as examples of how to better apply evil. Enought of that. Look forward with all senses developing a weighted good and allow that to define who we are rather than some figment of the past. To mettle the future by offering some poorly forwarded sampling of the past has not been useful beyond curious imagery of men and their contrivances of who they thought they were. Past tense, like the lady said, leave the 60's in the 60's.
  21. Well, if I was a betting man I'd have to let the odds set the opening wager. Intent not being in question; results have set the bar to-date. The good people then versus the good people now, being on a par for intent and commitment, communicated near identical messages prefacing the past transitions they ended up grappling with after the fact. I would think at this juncture that thinking is no longer needed because a proven application is well in hand. I implemented a known performance and feature-full application based upon the (hyperbole) advice of a company only to find out right before launch that I was getting only a fraction of the power and features previously shilled, for a mere 1/4-Mil. I ended up with a decent application but nowhere near the power that same money was supposed to buy. And, it was and still is loaded with errors that were misinterpretted at the flow-charting R&D stage that got bundled into that I have to pay to correct. My fault, I should have been involved at every stage of the programming. Has HC been involved throughout or just hanging its hat on promises? I wish you (us) luck.
  22. Congratulations. I think you'll do fine in the position and further your influence with the spirit that's carried you this far. Music, or artistic flux, is a natural ear-shaping influence in a turnstile from and to every point of the compass. I know I've taken and given back in my time with the art form's best interests in mind and spirit. I've always wished it could be more but I'm good with just the association and contribution of my limited development. I can't imagine anyone intimately close to music feeling much different. Charitably speaking, cast off instruments and gear are good symbols of unity when gifted away to their greater appreciation. I've done it several times, including lessons, with fleeting sighs of accomplishment that really do accrue. Again, congratulations on the new job.
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