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October 27th, 2004
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New toy 2
As you may know, I have been on a minor quest for a new 6-string guitar.  As in, I've been looking at guitars for a couple of years, trying to find one that felt right, but I haven't been pursuing it obsessively.

This past weekend at ConClave, Barry Childs-Helton had a Tacoma Road King RM6C which he allowed me to play.  This is an American made solid wood guitar, with some unusual construction features including a bolt-on neck, a small offset soundhole, somewhat unusual bracing, and a curved bridge which is heavier at the bass end than the treble, all of which give it really powerful bass response without losing the high end.

I liked it.  I can't remember Barry's exact words, but he said something to the effect of "I can recognize a man in love when I see it."  As I said at the time, it's the first guitar I'd tried since I started looking that spoke to me without saying "I cost way more than you can afford".

My local guitar store had one on the shelf.  The truss rod was out of adjustment and the strings were so old they were rusty, but even so it felt good.  And at $750 including case, strap, strings, and sales tax, I could live with the price.  So I bought it.

Here's a shot of the whole guitar, showing off the unusual sound hole and bridge.

New guitar in case

Here's a closeup of the headstock.



I bought the guitar on Monday, with the understanding that it was going to get the action fixed and the strings changed and they should be able to finish that by Wednesday so I could take it with me to OVFF. They called me later on Monday and told me it was done, which was great, but when I got there, I discovered that they hadn't changed the strings. Apparently they adjusted the overtightened truss rod without taking the strings off -- didn't know they could do that, but they seem to have gotten it right. I really hate changing strings, but they didn't charge me for the adjustment and threw in a free string winder (since I didn't have one in town and I wanted to do the job while I was at my mom's that evening to do laundry and play bridge). Getting the new strings on was not so bad, and I was impressed to discover that I got them on and up to pitch and played a couple of songs fairly vigorously and it was still in tune!  I like this guitar a lot.  The only thing I'm not going to like is that I'm joining the ranks of people carrying way too much stuff to the filk, since I don't want to leave my 12 behind. 

I've never named one of my instruments before, but I think this one may be Tiger.  You'll get to meet him at OVFF.

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From:alymid
Date:October 27th, 2004 11:06 am (UTC)
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pretty! and it sounds like it has just the kind of sound that I like ... ;)
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From:ericcoleman
Date:October 27th, 2004 11:13 am (UTC)
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A friend owned one of those for some time ... and I never heard it unplugged ... I can't wait to hear it ...
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From:singlemaltsilk
Date:October 27th, 2004 11:31 am (UTC)
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I was there when Barry made the comment. Congratulations on the new addition to your family!
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From:msminlr
Date:October 27th, 2004 02:23 pm (UTC)
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Maybe you need a miniature version of one of those circus cages that EFRC uses to transport critters in....
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From:tigertoy
Date:October 27th, 2004 03:26 pm (UTC)
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To hold all my crud, it wouldn't be all that miniature... I'd still need a golf cart to tow it!
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From:beige_alert
Date:October 27th, 2004 04:46 pm (UTC)
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One more reason to play flute---easy to carry. Oh, and thanks for reminding me to change my guitar strings.
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From:pir_anha
Date:October 27th, 2004 08:06 pm (UTC)

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oh, very pretty. congratulations!
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From:tigertoy
Date:October 27th, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC)

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Thanks! I don't believe I know you, which leaves me wondering what led you to my journal. You're welcome to read it, of course; I'm just curious.
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From:pir_anha
Date:October 30th, 2004 11:14 pm (UTC)

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i actually do believe you know me, unless you have an amazing doppleganger with the same name in illinois. we were even housemates for a short time, many years ago -- when you lived in wes' house for a while.

what led me to your journal was a post you made in shaddyr's journal, about how vancouver is too darn far for you to travel. i now live just across the strait from vancouver. :)

from dogs to tigers, i see. *grin*.
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From:tigertoy
Date:November 1st, 2004 07:29 pm (UTC)

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Gee, I seem to notice a distinct lack of capital letters, which I recall being a trait of someone's PLATO notes.

I just got back from a long weekend and I have some other fish to fry, but I'll try to track down evidence to make my ID 100%.
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From:pir_anha
Date:November 1st, 2004 09:35 pm (UTC)

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*snicker*. yeah, you're right on. still don't use caps, though there's of course no longer the same reason.

but i filk now! *chuckle*.
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From:tigertoy
Date:November 1st, 2004 09:56 pm (UTC)

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Dare I mention the geologic properties of the subsubsubsubsubsubsubsubsubsubsubsubsubbasement?
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From:folkmew
Date:October 27th, 2004 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Very pretty! Wish I could hear it. I'm terribly jealous that you got to see Barry. But glad you had fun and fell in love! ;-)

Oh well, one of these years I'll see it. Have fun!
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From:tigertoy
Date:October 27th, 2004 09:25 pm (UTC)
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I'm terribly disappointed that you couldn't be there, especially since Mike and Gwen were there in addition to Barry and Sally.
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From:folkmew
Date:October 28th, 2004 07:52 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I'd actually planned on it originally. We were talking a big BBB reunion tour. Believe me, I'd much much rather that things had gone differently and instead of my ex husband's memorial service I'd have gone to the con.

Er - what I mean is that I wish the memorial service had not been necessary, but I'm glad I went. I think all of us who went needed it and each other.

Glad you got a good infusion of the rest o the band though! I miss those guys.
Heck, I miss LOTS of you all! One of these days our life will change and we'll be able to afford to travel again. ;-)

Have a ball at OVFF though!
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