Mudcat Café message #317312 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #26388   Message #317312
Posted By: GUEST,Russ
12-Oct-00 - 12:22 PM
Thread Name: BS: Old Instruments As Opposed To New Ones..
Subject: RE: BS: Old Instruments As Opposed To New Ones..
Me too.

IMHO

There are three things to consider when purchasing an instrument: sound, sound, and sound. Next in order of importance are playability, appearance, and cachet/sexiness.

I have never bought into the old instrument mystique. Antiques of any sort do not excite me per se. Whether it is a dining table or a banjo, to me it is just somebody else's used stuff. I could get excited about playing my own grandfather's guitar (if he had played one) but I cannot get excited about playing somebody else's grandfather's guitar Because of the cachet of certain old instruments, IMHO they are not a good value speaking strictly in terms of sound. I've played too many modern instruments that sound as good as or better. I also don't buy the "They don't make 'em like they used to" line. If anything, they make 'em better.