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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

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What musical instruments are some of you playing on your boats?
I use a Martin LXM acoustic. It is very stable in the marine environment, even with the high levels of humidity. It is basically made of a composite (seems like Formica) and the neck is highly laminated. The thing does not move and stays in tune amazingly well for an acoustic.

While it does not sound like a D-18, OM or 000 it sounds quite decent for a little composite guitar and I played all the "baby" or small models. It's actually got some bottom end to it.. Carbon Acoustics & Rain Song make them in carbon fiber but I've yet to play one in the baby size but have played both CA and Rain Song in the D size... The baby size fits the boat very well I just wish the nut width on the neck was a bit wider.

I brought my Santa Cruz OM on the boat once, won't do that again.....

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I have had a flute on both boats the first one lasted for 7 years and was still working OK but needed repadding.

Always remember the Fenchman who built his own boat because he wanted to have a full size upright piano on board. He built the boat round the piano.
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My baby grand could replace the Saloon table as there's a U shape seating arrangement but the mast would have to go through the middle of the strings and soundboard!
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

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My baby grand could replace the Saloon table as there's a U shape seating arrangement but the mast would have to go through the middle of the strings and soundboard!
Guess you need to step the mast on the cabin top, and reinforce the piano's structure to bear the compression post. I have seen a steel beam span the cabin, with supports to either side. Can you fit your piano through the companionway entrance?

Obviously I think music is just as important as sailing!
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

As much as I'd like to keep a Taylor or Martin on board, I know neither would survive the temp and humidity changes on the boat. I built a slightly scaled down nylon string guitar and a rugged case just for the boat. It is all cedar with a Spanish foot but with a modern neck shape with a 12" radius. It has held up really well on the boat and does not take up too much room. Nylon strings put a lot less stress on the structure of a guitar and probably hold up better than a steel string where moisture is a factor. Having a guitar is a high priority item to me so I don't mind using some space to keep a real guitar. Those "travel" guitars that some builders make usually have very crappy tonal value.
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I lived aboard in Florida for 12 months and kept my banjo with me. It shows remarkably little effect from that time. I kept a moisture eater in the soft case with it and replaced it periodically. Still can't play it worth a sh*t, I blame the salty air for that :-)
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

LanikaiUkes.com

cheap, and fun.

Almost like playing the uke more than my guitars now days...

Picked up one at a local music store for about 60 bucks, so if the salt air destroys it...eh...

...plus, they sound like a uke, so it's not like sounding bad that much different from normal
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

I use a small electric travel guitar on board. It's survived the winter well and stays pretty much in tune, no rusting visible and the nylon strap is the only thing that suffers; i.e., mold spots here and there.

The boat is its permanent home. I get great joy while having my weekly whisky, playing guitar along with the IPOD.

I've thought of bringing my full sized acoustic, but have thought better of it, due to size.
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

If you already play the guitar and are worried about space then a mandolin might be a good solution - same basic technique, notes just in different places. Also, a dulcimer can give you that sound in a very small package and would fit in with other instruments for jammin. My teacher has a fairly high end mandolin that has a plastic body with traditional materials every where else.
You might find that the piccolo gets you thrown out of the anchorage as an instrument not many people like for other than Sousa marches.
You think you have it bad with a guitar on a 30 footer, how about a cello on a 28 footer!
Look for Suzuki method books for what ever instrument you take up, you will learn to read music and the basic repertoire.
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Had my "Paki practice pipes" on the boat in Med Spain for about ten years. Not really a problem around those that like highland pipes. Only one other piper happened by one year, good fun doing a gig at a local pub.
To make the pipes work in that environment, I used some modern plastic reeds, a synthetic bag and reworked the drones with brass inserts. The (B Flat) chanter was plastic, but a fine bit of "Edinbrough" craftsmanship. It was important to run a little alcohol thru the bag to kill off the little beasties, but no real maintenance problems.
Was in Almerimar for awhile; would walk the seawall & belt out some tunes. Inevitably, someone would comment on it later: " Oi, ya be chokin them cats again, I hear.." Sigh.
But miss a couple of days, and it's " Oi,lazy....get back to yer pipes!"

Good clean fun!
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