November 7, 2011 at 6:50 AMI spent most of the day being lazy, staying in from the snow, looking up curious things on the internet, like sloths crossing the road.
The Skinner auction was today, so I looked at what sold and for how much, just to keep up with the times. Tarisio's is in a couple of days, and as I look through the items up for auction, I wonder what it would be like to randomly bid on something I've never played. I've been known to take chances, but picking up something like a Testore at Tarisio would be about as risky as playing in traffic.
I really like my modern Italian; don't get me wrong. But I wouldn't mind having another with an older, warmer tone for chamber ensembles and music from earlier periods. Actually, okay I admit, I have a crush on this one 18th century Flemish violin I played a while ago on one of my trips Outside. I can't stop recalling that golden tone, and I wish I could hear it again, to see if it's as sweet sounding as I remember. I couldn't afford it at the time, and I don't know if I really have enough saved even now, that I could wisely consider stretching for another musical investment. It takes so long to round up the funds, one month at a time. But I hope it's still there when I go out at Christmas so I can spend some time with it again. I can't stand the thought of it being sold before I can reach it.
I don't really need another violin. It's just something I think about on slow winter days, especially during the auctions. Ah, it's probably not that great, anyway...
Okay, why did the sloth cross the road?
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