At 20:57 30/10/00 -0500, you wrote:
>It's a privilege, I think, to get to know original instruments by handling,
>measuring, and playing them. Doing the work pays me back in experience
>rather than in cash, and my sketches, which don't look nice enough to be
>worth money anyway, really just remind me of what I saw and measured.
I certainly agree with that! In the absence of a public collection at the
end of my street, I have a small collection of old instruments with whom I
commune daily. Sometimes I come in from the workshop just to hold one of
them and make sure I feel as good about what I am doing as I feel about them!
>As for duplicating effort, I'd say it's always worth doing, if possible. I
>can usually persuade curators to let me re-measure instruments by
>explaining what I hope to find that hasn't already been noted on the
>drawing they already have. Even when that was by me ;-). I never see the
>same things twice in quite the same way myself--learning on the job, you
>might call it. I guess that must be part of the reason why Rod is on the
>museum circuit again, rather than resting on his laurels.
Agreed again. I have borrowed back some originals enough times that I'm
sure the owners think I'm incompetent!
>For people who live in Australia, Terry, there's the added attraction of
>the beer in Oxford, Edinburgh, and such places.
Um, don't they drink their beer rather warm? I'll stick to a nice glass of
The ploughman's lunch at the Turf was my fondest memory of Oxford's fringe
benefits, and lunch with Hamish Henderson at Sandy Bell's in
Edinburgh! But that was 1974; I wonder if these places still exist?
>Can't say the same for the
>Miller collection, though there's Dublin Guinness a few minutes' walk away.
And crab cakes at the Tune-In (???! - was that really the name of the dingy
hovel where the staff specialty seemed to be insulting the customers?)
>If I haven't put you off, let us know and maybe we can have a list meeting
>in Washington sometime.
Now we're talking! 2002 if not before!
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