Thursday, July 23, 2009
Bought myself a new guitar - a Rosetti Lucky 7. When I say 'new' I mean new to me. It's actually getting on for half a century old, having being produced by the Rose Morris company somewhere around 196o.
Rose Morris didn't make great instruments, in fact most of them were pretty cheap and nasty, but the Lucky 7 was the first guitar I ever coveted as a boy. It had a cutaway (wow), and it was electric (double wow). I had no chance of finding the necessary 14 guineas purchase price, however, and so the Lucky 7 remained a dream. Slightly richer now, if not much wiser, I saw this one on ebay and went for it. The poor old thing was in a sorry state, and it's taken quite a bit of work to get it back into playing order. Had to soak the neck in the bath and then clamp it to a hot radiator in order to straighten the blighter out. Not your standard luthier's method, perhaps, but it seems to have worked.
A strange thing happened with the bodywork. I rubbed it all down, primed and resprayed it, polished it up like new. If anything it looked a bit too new. A week or so later and the paintwork has crazed, inexplicably yet rather tastefully to my eye. Now it looks fifty years old again. There's probably a moral there.
Anyway, I shall take the old girl out on a date tomorrow night and give her a twirl.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Eventually, I'm assured, I'll have both phone and internet at my fingertips once more. In the meantime, as a temporary measure, they've given me a black dongle to play with. Oo-er missus, etc.
The dongle is quite impressive at first sight. You just plug it into your laptop and hey presto you're online. No wires, no modem, no bother. In theory I could take my laptop for a fishing trip to Loch Lomond, or on a walking holiday through the Peaks (were I mad enough) and still be in touch with the world.
In practice the dongle is such a feeble little affair that even as I type this I get messages warning me that I'm being disconnected. If I press 'publish' and this post actually appears it'll be a miracle.