Joe's New Blog

Nothing special, this is just my third effort at writing a blog about my life and what goes on in it: Hobbies, cooking, work, maybe the occasional book or DVD review, and so forth. Nothing really noteworthy, but this is sort of a little subset of my world...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The New Toy

So, I would like to say that I don't post a lot in here because my life is so busy that I just don't have the time. That would pretty much be a flat-out lie, though. In reality, I don't post on my blog because I'm kind of lazy. Then, when I do get the urge to post, I start writing long descriptions of whatever it is I'm posting about (a concert, travel, my music, whatever...) and eventually just sort of lose track of what I'm writing. I think I have something like 200 partial posts on here that I should go back and finish, and I have more than a year's worth of writing on a journal site called 750words.com that I keep meaning to turn into actual blog posts where they have any kind of interesting content. But I'm guessing I'll probably never get around to that. In any case, I'm going to try, once again, to start posting on here a little more often than I have been lately... The weekend before last, the girlfriend and I drove down to Sky Guitars, the music store a couple of blocks from us. The ostensible purpose was to get my electric guitar and my mandolin both set up so I could play them a little more easily. The young man who I talked to initially tole me that the neck on the mandolin was warped, but they would do what they could with it. After giving over that little beastie into their care, I walked around the store a little and noticed that they had a solid body electric mandolin. Unlike some of the Fender model solid bodies, this one was actually strung with all eight strings. I've seen pictures of some of the Fenders that are tuned like mandolins, but only have four strings. To me, that just eliminates the sound of the mandolin altogether. Anyway, I picked up that solid-body and noodled with it a bit. It was much easier to play than my old one, and it had the old Gibson Firebird body style. I've heard mention of those on the CoMando mandolin playing list, but I hadn't seen one before. I don't know why, but it just looks cool to me. But I put it down and walked away. I wandered the short aisles of the store, looking at some of the other instruments hanging on their walls. I played with a six-string bass, but I don't know that I'd ever really want to play an instrument that large on a regular basis. The prices they had on most of their instruments weren't too terribly bad. I guess I'll have to save up a little more and see if I can't purchase a better guitar one of these days. And maybe a fretless bass. After making the loop, I wound up back with the mandolins. The little Mando-Bird called to me. The other young man working in the store offered a cord and amp, and I plugged it in. It had a little bit of an issue when turning the volume knob all the way up, but aside from that, it played quite well and had no major problems that I could detect. I did a little bit of mental calculation, and I guessed that I could probably afford to buy the little guy with the surplus I had in the bank. I transferred the money over from the savings account and went ahead and made the purchase. Sky Guitars does a setup on every instrument sold at their shop, so it was going to be the evening before I could pick up the new toy, but they did get it done before they closed on Saturday. I walked back down with Ernie and picked it up in the evening. Since then, unfortunately, it's mostly been sitting around just gathering dust. I really need to get out and play more, and I need to play more music at home instead of sitting around watching the tube so often...

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