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Old 02-26-2014, 12:11 AM   #21
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Growing up in the early 1950's, we lived on our boat in the summer time, cruising the San Juan Islands and British Columbia. My mother taught accordion,so of course my sister and myself played also. I never cared to much for it, so as soon as I could talk my mother into it, I switched to the drums. So we had on board 2 accordions and a snare drum. In the evenings we would sit out in the cockpit and play all the old time favorites. Everyone on the dock would wander down our way and soon everyone was singing along.
Along those same lines, several years ago we were anchored in Reid Harbor and a gentleman came out on the deck of his sailboat at dusk and played his bag pipes for about thirty minutes. That kind of stuff brings tears to your eyes.
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:23 AM   #22
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I play organ, flugel horn, cornet, and trumpet, none of which are feasible or welcomed out on the water I imagine. So I've never tried. Getting the organ on would be a back-lifting challenge anyway. And it needs 240vAC, so that's out on my boat. I doubt brass would go down at all well across water.
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Tablet with karaoke and 2 guitars
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None. For me, boating is for peace and quiet or the sounds of nature.
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Old 02-26-2014, 09:50 AM   #25
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We do have a karaoke machine with 2000 songs and growing. It isn't an instrument but it really is fun. I enjoy seeing a first timer get hooked on singing karaoke. It happens a lot on moorings.
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:52 AM   #26
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I keep the ole Sousaphone on the lounge, the only genuine "full displacement" musical instrument.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:12 PM   #27
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My sons & I made a trip from Cape Cod to Trinadad and back years ago (I was aboard some of the trip) They took their guitars and found they were able to sing for food and drinks at many islands & rum shacks. One night in the pitch dark at Union Island, we looked up and our little boat was surrounded by dinghys with people listening and singing along.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:56 PM   #28
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I play organ, flugel horn, cornet, and trumpet, none of which are feasible or welcomed out on the water I imagine. So I've never tried. Getting the organ on would be a back-lifting challenge anyway. And it needs 240vAC, so that's out on my boat. I doubt brass would go down at all well across water.
You wouldn't enjoy a small keyboard of some sort? You could get an organ focused one if that was your preference. We love our portable. Not as fancy or large as we have at home but it's fun and allows us to carry our music with us.
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Bagpipes, but I kept getting my ass kicked by strangers, so I switched to an accordion. Then I got beat up by bagpipe players. Now I play the fish, but I'll be damned if I can figg'r out how to tune the thing!

(Like Wes, boating is quiet time for me.)
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Kolive,

That looks like a Taylor x14CE or x16CE front-left in the pic you posted. Just a little curious what the actual model (and make if I'm worng).

I have a Taylor 314CE that I am afraid to take on the boat. I take my old Yamaha EF-15 on the boat with me. Since we're only weekend warriors I don't leave the guitar on the boat.

I've been very concerned about moisture levels and salt air. However, one of the biggest reason I don't leave the guitar on the boat is the creamtorium-esque heat inside of the boat while it's closed up all week while we're gone.

When the time comes to move aboard full-time and cast the lines off long term, I planned on getting a carbon fiber, lke the rainsong mentioned earlier.

I have recently been looking a Taylor and Martin 7/8th and 3/4 sizes. The sound on the 3/4 just seems to bright, almost tinny. (And that is coming from a guy who plays a Taylor 14 series) LOL.
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Bagpipes, but I kept getting my ass kicked by strangers, so I switched to an accordion. Then I got beat up by bagpipe players. Now I play the fish, but I'll be damned if I can figg'r out how to tune the thing!

(Like Wes, boating is quiet time for me.)
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Bagpipes, but I kept getting my ass kicked by strangers, so I switched to an accordion. Then I got beat up by bagpipe players. Now I play the fish, but I'll be damned if I can figg'r out how to tune the thing!

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Shrew, I was actually looking at buying a Taylor 314. Then I played this Martin in the photo. It is a GPCPA 4 Rosewood model. They have so many different models now I was bit overwhelmed when shopping and finally just sat down and played and compared each one, Taylor's and Martins. This was the first Martin I had played in many years, I have mostly been a Gibson fan and still have one as my other guitar. But the Martin just spoke to me and I bought it. Now I am looking for an electric, a Gibson SG Standard, not a collectible, just a nice playing SG.
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Who knew?!?!



(Actually, we all did, but thanks for falling into my clever trap!)
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I was writing an ebook a couple of years ago on how to set up a mandolin. I was looking for an inexpensive model to use as a demo for photos and expecting to find lots of issues to address. I found a "two-fer" deal at www.musiciansfriend.com (no financial interest) for a full-size dreadnaught guitar and a mandolin for under a hundred dollars, including shipping.

I was pleasantly surprised at the overall quality - very nice instruments. Both needed to be set up in order to play well, but once I got the action and intonation dialed in they were very good. I bought a second set and keep them on the boat.

You never know when you'll be out on the boat and the opportunity for an impromptu jam will appear. I can hand over my guitar or mandolin to a stranger without worrying if he/she falls over and breaks it in half. They are made of laminated woods, so they stand up well to humidity and temperature variations.

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Baritone uke, but with carpel tunnel syndrome in both wrists the desterity is gone. Haven't picked it up for a while. Love getting together with friends. One I have been playing along with for 65 years. That was playing ukes in the 2nd grade.

Here is my old friend Ron playing my baritone uke, and the second picture our back up singers. This was in late fall at the mountain cabin. Nothing better than good friends in the mountains or on the water.
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I thought about a uke but playing Stairway to Heaven or Purple Haze would be tough.
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I thought about a uke but playing Stairway to Heaven or Purple Haze would be tough.
Take a listen to this. The barotone uke tunes and chords like a guitar. It would take you little time to get right into it.



About half way into this Jay Lichty goes into Iz's wonderful arrangement of "Over the Rainbow".

How about a litlle slide.

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air guitar and I drum on the helm. Getting a bit old to play lead, may have to play rhythm
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