N+1 satisfied?

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  1. dBeav

    dBeav Pianissimo User

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    So I have the first horn I ever had. I have another horn to play whenever I want just for fun. I have my main horn that I practice with each night and now I have a "vintage" horn soon to be back from the shop and on it's way a "correct" case for it (thanks to a member of this site!).
    So I'm all set right. N+1 cured?

    Right?
     
  2. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

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    Depends on how crazy you are. If you feel the least amount of guilt or foolishness having horns you never play, then sure.

    I had more horns that I sold because I was accumulating them (my precious!) and stopped myself before I spend THOUSANDS on restorations for horns that I would never play.... just so I could have them.

    Tom
     
  3. AKtrumpet

    AKtrumpet Piano User

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    Yeah but do you have your Eb, C, piccolo, flugelhorn, natural, pocket, bugle, D and F trumpet yet? Do you have another one of each in rotary form? All crafted by masters? No? Then N+1 has not been satisfied.
     
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  4. Comeback

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    Well.... could be, dbeav.

    My stable of instruments had grown to ten in number a short time ago. Some of those horns did not see the light of day very often. I got to wondering about what I was doing with this trumpeting hobby. Did I want to become a collector, competent musician, or both? During this process of accumulation I ended up with several instruments that I enjoyed playing very much and musicianship won out for me. I have so much room to grow in this area of musicianship. I also observed that the more instruments I accumulated the less time I had for any single one. I ended up thinning the herd from 10 to 6, and may eventually thin it further.

    The instruments are more manageable now. I can play those that remain often enough to justify my possession of them. And what of the time I had been spending shopping and pining after things I did not own? Most of it is now devoted to listening and learning more about the trumpeting craft. It has been a healthy fulfilling shift in focus for me.

    Best wishes to you as you sort out your own musical priorities.

    Jim
     
  5. TrumpetMD

    TrumpetMD Fortissimo User

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    The first step is to admit that you a problem. It looks like you're not there yet. :-)

    (Just kidding, of course.)

    Mike
     
  6. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    It's a nice thought, but no!

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  7. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

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    Eh, ignore the enablers.

    Spending $1200 to restore a $400 horn is insanity when it takes food out of the mouths of your babies.

    (I have no babies, so it's ok for me.)

    Tom
     
  8. rankamateur

    rankamateur Mezzo Forte User

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    And your cornets, sir, do not forget your cornets!
     
  9. rankamateur

    rankamateur Mezzo Forte User

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    "My precious" LOL!

    What do you do when you just can't part with the 'student' horns you really don't need?

    How does anyone actually manage to part with a horn, even if you're way beyond it musically?
     
  10. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

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    There's always a student who needs that horn more than you do.

    And, like I said, if I don't play it, why have it?

    Tom
     

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