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Subject:I bought a bass
Time:04:21 pm
I went to a used guitar shop to look at a bass that they had advertised. When I saw it, I was disappointed-- it didn't really feel like the right instrument.

But! There was one on another rack that spoke to me. It was a deep, rich cobalt blue, and it sparkled in the light from the window. The tapered edges made it seem more friendly than its ugly, square neighbors. I glanced at the price tag, and was delighted to see that it was within my price range. It was used, but could easily have passed for new.

I picked it up, and it settled into my hands like it belonged there. I started plucking out notes, and everything fell into place. Skeptical, I pulled a few others off the rack and tried them out, but none of them felt right-- one was to heavy, neck on that one was too thick. That one was ugly. That one was too expensive, and another one felt too cheap.

So, I bought it. It looks just like this one. (The fourth picture shows the sparkles best.) On the way back to the office I stopped to visit a friend who plays very seriously and asked, "I just bought this. Is there any reason I shouldn't have?" He approved.

Now I just need to learn to play, I guess.
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wwjfergusond
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Time:2012-04-19 12:49 am (UTC)
Lol. I sometimes get those feelings about guitars (I took lessons for three years when I was a kid, but can't do much more than pick out "O Susanna") and ukuleles. Something about the craftsmanship and appreciating a work of art....
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2012-04-19 03:49 am (UTC)
lol. I read the subject and thought, "why did Patti buy a fish?"
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2012-04-19 04:14 am (UTC)
I approve of the sparkles :)
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whipartist
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Time:2012-04-19 07:42 am (UTC)
I knew you would.
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rhiannonstone
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Time:2012-04-19 09:55 pm (UTC)
Yay sparkles! That looks like a fine instrument and I hope you have a blast learning how to make it do your bidding.
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abostick59
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Time:2012-04-21 04:49 pm (UTC)
Why ruin everything by actually learning how to play it?

My advice is to just start/join a band and make some noise with it.
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abostick59
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Time:2012-04-21 04:50 pm (UTC)
PS: I've got a couple of guitars....

(and an amplifier)

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whipartist
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Time:2012-04-22 05:38 am (UTC)
First grade: started guitar lessons
Second grade: started playing the organ
Third grade: took up clarinet
Fourth grade: started playing the upright bass
Sixth grade: added bass clarinet
Ninth grade: switched from organ to piano
Tenth grade: learned to play the cello

You don't even want to know about the antique woodwind collection...
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slfisher
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Time:2012-04-29 01:44 pm (UTC)
There are those (like my ex husband) who prefer a bass that is all one piece rather than have a bolt-on neck.

And Ibanez is...welll....

But I'm sure it's fine for a first bass, and what matters the most is that it feels comfortable for you.
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