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  •  Looking forward to (3+ / 0-)
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    LaughingPlanet, JML9999, tampaedski

    Mark's diary since I have a beautiful Ovation 1111-1 Balladeer bought used when I was still in the convent.  It was made about 25 miles from my current home -- in New Hartford, CT.  It has a luscious sound after 40 plus years.  I need it re-strung and some good calluses since I haven't played in years.  

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 03:37:40 PM PDT

    •  Get playing that thing! (1+ / 0-)
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      When I met my wife 15 years ago she told me about a guitar her dad gave her long ago, a 1959 Gibson acoustic.  I found it at her sister's house, abused by my (now) nephew - potentially catastrophic break in the headstock, broken nut.

      I spent the $125 to get it all fixed and now it's my main acoustic.  The more I play it, the richer the sound gets.  The wood in your Ovation needs to have the vibrations going through it.  If it sounds great after all these years not playing it, it'll sound even better after the wood "wakes up".

      And don't worry, the fingers toughen up.  Best advice I got long ago was to play until your fingers hurt, then play 5 more minutes.  In a short time you'll be back!

      •  Thank you, tamaedski! (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm starting this "new" life at the age of 63 (on Monday).  I received a gift of a 3 month membership at the Y which I immediately started and feel better (helps that I quit smoking a year ago February), I'm actually working at my craft (but not getting paid yet) -- all lawyers are not rich assholes.  And I opened my case for the first time in forever and realized I should have removed the strings (thank god they were loose).

        One of my clients teaches guitar.  I have basic skills for personal entertainment.  I'm going to have him re-string and then start some lessons.  The acoustic Ovation is gorgeous -- and I hope it still is after all these years.

        " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 04:14:52 PM PDT

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      •  plastic... (0+ / 0-)

        doesn't open up and breathe, and that's what most ovations are made of. but that said, everyone with any stringed instrument should get them out an play as much as possible. both for themselves and their instruments. most players rarely get a chance to play a "vintage" guitar so enjoy it for those who don't.
        as someone who's also starting a new life, after my wife, my guitars have kept me sane and well, better left unsaid. gchaucer2 may your strings never rust and your blisters be small and good luck with the rest of life.
        tung sol

        There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.--Oscar Levant

        by tung sol on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 08:14:48 AM PDT

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