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Mendy Smith

What is in my case

February 15, 2008 at 2:58 PM

I read a recent blog from the assistant principal violist in the Oregon Symphony about his case inventory, and realized that I haven't done this myself in quite some time.

The Old Man's Case (with me now in Hong Kong):
15" viola
2 bows (one with a blue rubber band on the frog)
Chinrest (detached)
Small screwdriver (small enough to re-attach chinrest if needed)
Yellow micro-fiber cloth
Cake of rosin of unknown origin, rubber band holding it together is frayed and nearly broken.
Small pitch-fork
Ebony Mute
Wire & rubber mute (can't remember how to put it on!!!)
Old set of Dominant Strings (minus the C string)
Electronic tuner/metronome
Mechanical pencil
Gold Star sticker
Cat Hair
Various sheet music & music studies

Hilda's Case:
(no bows, they are with me in my 15" viola case)
(no viola, it is at the shop getting a new bridge & soundpost)
Cat Hair
Pictures of cats (1 for each cat, one pic is of cat in case)
2 pictures of me playing viola when I was 8 & 10.
Grandfather's Memorial program
Spare set of Dominant strings (new)
Yellow micro-fiber cloth
Peg dope
Peg drops
2 shower curtain hooks - brushed nickle finish
Ziplock baggie with peppermints & empty wrappers
Pocket Calendar
Print-out of work (day-job)calendar through June
Random paper clips
Mechanical pencil
Electronic pick-up for amp
2 business cards
Nail clippers
Red tassel (technically not in my case, but outside it)

You'd think that I would have something better to do on a Friday night in Hong Kong!

From PM Chu
Posted on February 15, 2008 at 3:19 PM
Wow!!! I grew up in HK!!! I hope you enjoy your trip!! I'm going to HK this year and was wondering if you had any problem bringing your violin on board? Thanks!
From Mendy Smith
Posted on February 15, 2008 at 4:13 PM
no problems at all bringing my viola with me. I travel with Cathay Pacific to HK. Bring your coat, it's cold out here right now...

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