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12/17/2002 Entry: "Snares, tape decks, and relaxation."

Hello all! Updates have been pretty meager, I know. But from the DJ end of things, the Christmas season is over. So that will free up more time. And Susan and I had a "discussion" last night, and I'm going to start saying "No" to things. Like last night, I played Santa at the Salvation Army Christmas party. Yet Julia was home, asking when I was coming home. It was kind of bittersweet to hear her say "Daddy, I want to spend some time with you."

Funny story. Barry has a friend. This friend makes chips for Denon, the hi-fi company. So Denon offers this company (for whom Barry's friend works--are you keeping this straight?) special prices on gear each Christmas. Friend emails Barry; "Do you need anything?" Barry emails me. "Sure, I could use a new tape deck for my DJ business." Barry emails friend: "How much for tape deck?" Barry got an email today. "Here's the price, and one is on the way." Oops. Looks like I'm going to buy it, whether the price was good or not. (Actually, it was a really good price, but there's this snare drum I've got my eye on. But that's a post for another day. Remind me.)

Speaking of drums, ha-ha! Barry also is in need of a new snare. He doesn't think so, but he's going to be playing in a pretty heavy riff band. He's got a little 13" piccolo snare, which just won't cut the mustard. Instead, he needs one of these. Or maybe one of these Premier Heavy Rock Nines. Brass outside, with wood inside, and a couple of felt dampening strips. And 9" deep. That's deep, my friends. Ironically, I was just talking to him and Paddy about this drum yesterday. Today, one shows up.

Over a year ago, a Billy Gladstone snare showed up on ebay. I posted it here. These puppies are the ultimate in rarity. He only made like 50 snares or so. Now there's one on ebay. It was owned by a symphony, and they drilled holes in it!!! So much for the collectability. Since it's not original anymore, the price will be much lower. Perhaps some regular guy (like me) will shell out for it, and go out and play it! This drum needs to be played, shown around, and not kept in a glass case.

Here's another snare, that, on another day, I would've bought without thinking. It's my color, and it's my size. The price was really good. But I'm watching this other snare. But that's a post for another day. Remind me.

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