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07/02/2004 Entry: "MI5, compliments of me this week"

MI5, Buying and Selling

Most of us on the MI5 have some sort of hobby in which we buy and sell merchandise. Whether it's drums, guitars, hi-fi equipment, or motorcycles, sometimes you sell stuff to buy new stuff. Paddy's selling of two motorcycles to buy one inspired this weeks set of five.

1) Other than your home and a daily driving vehicle, what's the most expensive thing you've ever purchased?
I guess that would have to be my Amber Gold Tama Starclassics. Photo is not my actual set, but it is the right model and color, so you get the idea. Cost was just a smidgen under two grand. Of course, I also use them to make money, so it's an easily justifiable expense.

2) What's the most expensive (again, excepting real-estate and cars) you've ever sold?
Hmm. I once sold a Fender Millennium Strat for Nothern Kingdom Music on ebay. That went for a grand, but it didn't actually belong to me. I guess it would have to be the Roland TD-7 electric drum set I sold for $800.

3) Of all the things you've sold, what do you miss the most?
I traded in a set of Ludwig Standards in Blue Strata. I bought them for $125 from Blind Albert's music store. I reconditioned them, and traded them in on $400 worth of gear at Down Home Music. Oh, I wish I had that kit back.

4) Ever sold something for more than you paid for it? Tell us about it. (Again, please no homes and daily drivers.)
No, I don't think I have. I have an Akai 636 reel-to-reel tape deck, and they go between $400-$600 on ebay. I paid $150 for it, and Susan and I used it for our wedding. We got married back when CD recorders were $1200, so I bought this reel deck, put six hours of music on it, and "DJ'd" my own wedding! Just turned it on and let it run!

5) Do you have some dream "something" you hope to purchase someday? What is it?
An antique fire truck. I'd like one of those someday. I'd like a Tama Rosewood snare. Actually, there are about a dozen snares I'd like. In reality though, I'll probably get most of them. I mean, the stuff I'm dreaming of is pretty cheap stuff. I could get a fire engine for way less than $5k. Snare drums are maybe $500 each. That's all stuff I can "afford" now. I can't just go plunk down the cash, but if I want a snare drum bad enough, in three or four months I can save the money to get it. So it's relatively easy for me to get the stuff I'm dreaming of. Paddy's $6000 motorcycle? I haven't really got anything I'm dreaming of in that price range.

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Posted by Alan Slocum @ 07/04/2004 10:58 PM EST

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