Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Just got my Ebay recorder -it's a Johannes Adler - for those who are interested - a reputable old brand - says "Germany" - which means pre- WWII?? (Otherwise, I guess it would be "West Germany" - altho the Adler Co. ended up in EAST Germany - so It's hard to tell....) For anyone who is interested. But you can see that I have been doing my research in fragments on the internet - all from the comfort of my own home - with the help of an old book on recorders I got for $2-3 -
The upshot is that I have a nice instrument that would have cost me maybe $140 new for $20 including shipping. And it seems sturdier than the newer one I have - a Mollenhauer - another reputable brand. It's a bit of a risk - but with Pay Pal there's some sort of guarantee against getting really rooked.
I say this because I know there are a lot of parents out there with children who are playing or want to play instruments. Please try to get them the best instruments you can if they are all all serious - because it makes a tremendous difference. Cheaper instruments are actually harder to play. And getting reputable used instruments seems to be the way to go - But go with a known reputable brand - and do your research beforehand. eBay has an nice intro to buying instruments for you to read, too.
Oh, there is so much music now on the net. As I have said here before - over the summer I taught myself to play the concertina all with materials I got FREE on the net. (& on a concertina I got for $20 at a thrift shop.) The concertina needed minor repairs, which even I could do myself - & here again, a new instrument of that type costs $150 or more & are made in China & probably not as good as my Italian one!
There's a danger in Ebay, as you have to bid wisely & not get caught up in a frenzy - There were 2 old recorders I wanted - but they just went out of my price range for now....& you have to watch the bids, especially at the END. Lost some music that way - But looking again - I seem to have hit a particularly good recorder period - Hoorah!
Here I am playing in my group with a $100 harpsichord which Eldon my parnet got - & has also been working on. The bonus is that you really do get to know your instrument. And somehow the instruments seem to be grateful that they are being cared for and appreciated. It's almost as if they have little souls....
Let me also remind you that even if schools have cut back on their music programs - there's still music in churches - & church choirs are great places for kids to learn about music...I sang in one in Jr. High School before going back to choral singing in grad school....
Music is such a GIFT. I am so grateful now to my parents & all the wonderful music teachers I had growing up - who really gave me the gift of MUSIC for the rest of my life....
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