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I've dragged my 1955 Conn 10M tenor saxophone through bars and seedy dives in some of the world's more interesting non-tourist areas for the past 13 years and will be interested to see how it stands up to the salt air when I retire in 204 calendar days (not that I'm counting). Am hoping that if I spray WD40 in one of those space-saver storage bags and then use a bilge pump to suck all the air out, it might last a month or so before turning to rust. Or maybe I'll leave it on shore and get a Chinese throwaway instead. Anyone have any experience with brass instruments on boats?
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I've dragged my 1955 Conn 10M tenor saxophone through bars and seedy dives in some of the world's more interesting non-tourist areas for the past 13 years and will be interested to see how it stands up to the salt air when I retire in 204 calendar days (not that I'm counting). Am hoping that if I spray WD40 in one of those space-saver storage bags and then use a bilge pump to suck all the air out, it might last a month or so before turning to rust. Or maybe I'll leave it on shore and get a Chinese throwaway instead. Anyone have any experience with brass instruments on boats?
"204 days..." I love it! Just so you know, you may find yourself more busy in 205 days than the next 204 combined. Pops curses it all the time. "Well Dad, since you're retired, will you..."

Not really sure why he decided to put his boat in the Pacific Nortwest with mine in South Florida. Says he sailing where there is no cell phone coverage too. Not sure if there is a hidden message there??

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I make guitars (and play them very poorly), so I made myself a boat guitar that I wouldn't mind getting wet/humid/knocked around.

It's made of Formica, and a bunch of other non-traditional materials that make it fairly waterproof.



I love it. It doesn't sound "good" but it totally sounds like a guitar, and I don't worry a bit about it getting beat up on the boat. There's a sound sample on my blog here:

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5 string 'clawhammer' banjo - celtic and 'old time'/minstrel stuff, BAGPIPE (used mostly in defense).
Wife is a 'fiddler'.

Had an incident a few years ago in the Islands when a huge mega-yacht pulled into the face dock adjacent to the slip that I was located. The face dock didnt have sufficient 'power' for the mega-yacht to run all 'the crap' on the boat ... and he started up his generatorS with their exhaustS pointed directly at me.
I politely 'discussed the situation' with no relief. Went below, got the (loud) bagpipe, sat on the deck ... and promised the captain and owner - to 'learn to play the pipes' until the generators were shut down .... after 30 minutes of 'discord', mega-yacht untied and moved, this time with the generators facing a wall, not directly at other boats. Got a standing ovation from all the other boats there. I really 'can' play the pipes when I need to.
The advantage of a bagpipe is that it can be used as a DEFENSIVE WEAPON !!!!!!!!!! ;-)


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5 string 'clawhammer' banjo - celtic and 'old time'/minstrel stuff, BAGPIPE (used mostly in defense).
Wife is a 'fiddler'.

Had an incident a few years ago in the Islands when a huge mega-yacht pulled into the face dock adjacent to the slip that I was located. The face dock didnt have sufficient 'power' for the mega-yacht to run all 'the crap' on the boat ... and he started up his generatorS with their exhaustS pointed directly at me.
I politely 'discussed the situation' with no relief. Went below, got the (loud) bagpipe, sat on the deck ... and promised the captain and owner - to 'learn to play the pipes' until the generators were shut down .... after 30 minutes of 'discord', mega-yacht untied and moved, this time with the generators facing a wall, not directly at other boats. Got a standing ovation from all the other boats there. I really 'can' play the pipes when I need to.
The advantage of a bagpipe is that it can be used as a DEFENSIVE WEAPON !!!!!!!!!! ;-)
BWAHAHA! Great story!! I generally just let the kids loose or crank up Spongebob. It has an amazing way of clearing an anchorage. I actually think the bag pipes would be more pleasant...

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I make guitars (and play them very poorly), so I made myself a boat guitar that I wouldn't mind getting wet/humid/knocked around.

It's made of Formica, and a bunch of other non-traditional materials that make it fairly waterproof.



I love it. It doesn't sound "good" but it totally sounds like a guitar, and I don't worry a bit about it getting beat up on the boat. There's a sound sample on my blog here:

Boat Guitar | Sailing Fortuitous
WHat? No Indian rosewood??

Good looking guitar. Reality is that, as was 'nicely' put to me once, Sammy Hagar could grab a $10 guitar and sound like Sammy Hagar. Whereas I could grab Sammy Hagar's $10,000 guitar and sound like, well, you get the picture... Sailnet won't let me type those words anyways.

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Can't build a guitar as nice as that, but my 000cxe is actually kind of "composite" in type... it seems to hold up well, it also has a unique laminate neck... have to see to understand... but I think it'd hold up better than most guitars in salt air... hard to say though.
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5 string 'clawhammer' banjo - celtic and 'old time'/minstrel stuff, BAGPIPE (used mostly in defense).
Wife is a 'fiddler'.

Had an incident a few years ago in the Islands when a huge mega-yacht pulled into the face dock adjacent to the slip that I was located. The face dock didnt have sufficient 'power' for the mega-yacht to run all 'the crap' on the boat ... and he started up his generatorS with their exhaustS pointed directly at me.
I politely 'discussed the situation' with no relief. Went below, got the (loud) bagpipe, sat on the deck ... and promised the captain and owner - to 'learn to play the pipes' until the generators were shut down .... after 30 minutes of 'discord', mega-yacht untied and moved, this time with the generators facing a wall, not directly at other boats. Got a standing ovation from all the other boats there. I really 'can' play the pipes when I need to.
The advantage of a bagpipe is that it can be used as a DEFENSIVE WEAPON !!!!!!!!!! ;-)

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I prefer my Great Highland Bagpipes.. Makes for a secluded cove in a short period of time..
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Brian,

Hotel California is a piece of cake on an arranger keyboard. If you get over to Marathon next winter I'll be happy to play it for you.

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