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Old 09-05-2019, 06:48 AM
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Not even sure this should be here but anyway just for fun:

What instruments do you play that aren't , actually guitars ?
In about 1975, I'd moved to a strange town, knew no-one, and was in the launderette washing my shirts and , well the rest, and saw people walking to a nearby pub with black instrument cases.

I left my shirts and went to spy, and saw a bluegrass jame in process.

I collected my shirts and drove home, picked up my D35 (or was it a D28 back then) and went in to join them.

It was lovely night and I made some lasting friendships.

Better'n that, by the end of the night I had been asked to join TWO local bluegrass bands! Things were looking up.

However when I first met up with the first band they said, that they really like my playing but they didn't really need anther guitarist - what they wanted was a Dobro player! Huh?

Further, the second band I went to said that they really needed a mando player.

Well, I managed to find a (round neck) dobro in the classifieds and bought a hawaiian nut, and taught myself to play dobro - after a fashion.

But the mandolin. mmm.

My girlfriend at the time, who spent most of her time in Sweden/Danmark, took out all her savings and bought me an Ibanez F-5. (It was supposed to be a loan, that I'm ashamed to say, I never repaid).

(see old B&W pic below)

Well, although I usually ended up being the front man playing guitar, I also spent many happy gigs on dobro and mandolin, and at one time we worked out instrumentals where I would swap instruments in the same piece (show-off!)

Anyway. like various other acquisitions I upgraded and traded, and these are my (final) Dobro and mandolin.

The dobro is a Gibson made and used to be owned by a good frind who when he knew he was about to die, gave it to me - which was very kind, but I paid his wife for it when I sold my old one.
I recorded an album shortly after buying it and couldn't understand why my playing was so poor, but soon discovered that Gibson made dobros were usually about 1/4" out in intonation so after a lot of work and replacement cone and compensating spider (from Beard) it became a fine usable instrument.

I have lost count of the mandolins I've had, I died have a British made Mike Vanden once but most were Czech made, ans is my last one - by Jiri Lebeda in made in 2005. It is the perfect mandolin for me - deep neck, wide fretboard , European spruce and great workmanship. It just gets better and better!

So, what are your "other" instruments?
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Old 09-05-2019, 06:55 AM
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My 2006 Charles J Horner fiddle. It’s modeled after “Il Cannone”, the famous Guarneri and it lives up to the name with a big bold voice that fills a room.
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About the only photo I have of my Fylde ‘Touchstone Walnut’ Mandolin (cedar top). (Note to self - must get the camera out again!).

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Old 09-05-2019, 07:16 AM
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Haha, great thread idea!

Music runs deep in this family - other than acoustic, electric and bass guitars, between me, my wife and daughter we have:

Piano - my first instrument, started at age 6 and still my first love. It's my go-to instrument for writing music and the one at which I'm most proficient.

Church organ - obviously I don't own one, but I learned and played through school. Memorable because... sight-reading three staves of music at once, played across foot pedals and three manuals (keyboards).

Violin and electric violin - I learned through school and still play occasionally, but my wife is the real violinist. I believe I was somewhat a victim of learning on an instrument I didn't like - it was chosen for me, and I never loved it - so was never as motivated to practice.

Saxophone - a present from my Dad on my 21st birthday. Such an expressive instrument; I love it and one day I will learn how to play it properly.

Djembe (African drums) and Korg Wavedrum - gotta have a rhythm section! My djembe were gifted by friends when they moved abroad; we have three and have a lot of fun with them. The Wavedrum is an electronic drum that behaves very organically while creating all manner of realistic and synthesized sounds - it can be inspiring to play.

Synthesizers - a range of keyboard and rackmount synthesizers - I still generally prefer hardware to virtual instruments. One day I will record my hit pop album.

Cello - this is my wife's domain!

Trumpet - clearly we thought we didn't have enough instruments in the house, so we started my daughter on something new; she's the only brass player in the family!

And on the 'to buy/learn' list:
Theremin, flute and, to pander to the guitarist in me, definitely one of these:



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Old 09-05-2019, 07:20 AM
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So, David, is that your compact travel theorbo, or the one that you gig with?


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Old 09-05-2019, 08:19 AM
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They never gather for photos, like my guitars do!

Casio Workstation keyboard
Set of cheap harmonicas (5 keys)
Yamaha plastic recorder
Washburn Mandolin
Kala Baritone uke
Luna tatoo uke
Seagull Merlin
Antique banjolin
Chinese knock-off fiddle
Assorted percussion instruments, including a full-size bodhran
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Old 09-05-2019, 08:37 AM
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Just a couple:





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I make all my own instruments except acoustic guitar. My Taylor 322 satisfies that, but most other instruments are a bit outside the realm of commercial availability. I won't clutter the topic with a bunch of those photos, but this one might be considered an outlier contribution:

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We love to vacation on Hawaii and a few years ago I checked out one of the local ukulele stores there and got very intrigued by this little cousin of the guitar. Now a few days later it has become my main instrument for playing in public and I have a few around the house that suit different songs:

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....and a couple of others
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I'm afraid I havent learned how to upload pics here. Is one of the buttons above something I should click?

*Oh I see it .. wants a url

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Old 09-06-2019, 01:59 AM
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I'm afraid I havent learned how to upload pics here. Is one of the buttons above something I should click?

*Oh I see it .. wants a url
just use the paperclip icon and upload from your files there.
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Old 09-06-2019, 02:08 AM
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I'm afraid I havent learned how to upload pics here.
Catt, try this thread and see if it helps. As a registered user, you won't see the paperclip icon; it's visible only to our charter members. You have two choices... you may use the Tapatalk app if the pictures are on a mobile device. It's quite easy to use. Otherwise, you may use a third-party host like Imgur. If you have a problem, send me a PM and we'll get it worked out.
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Here are a few of mine: a Reverend Electric, and a Big Muddy and Eastman mandolins ...IMG_0109.jpgIMG_0030.jpgIMG_1521.jpg
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