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(@jwmartin)
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I received a lovely gift card to Guitar Center for Christmas and it is burning a hole in my pocket. At first, I thought I would use it toward purchasing some studio monitors, which I desperately need. But, I won't be setting my studio up completely until after some remodeling and we move into the new house. That's at least 2-3 months away. For now, I'm constrained to recording and mixing on the couch. I'd hate for them to sit in the closet for that length of time.

So, on to plan B. I've been wanting a ukulele for a while just to mess around with. Then I started thinking that a mandolin might be a little more size appropriate and useful. But I'm not a country or bluegrass player. Also my son and I have been talking about putting together an acoustic jam thing w/ some friends and it would be nice to have a set of bongos or other percussion to add to the mix. Thought I would turn to my friends here at GN to get some opinions.

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(@ricochet)
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Already got a djembe?

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I'd go for the bongos I think you would get more use out of them.

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(@jwmartin)
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Already got a djembe?

Nope, but thanks for adding to my DAS (Drum Acquisition Syndrome) :D

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Always glad to help. :D

They really are very versatile.

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a ukulele would be a great choice. I got hooked. I had a mando and it was cool, but the uke is better.
that said, I could use a mando now.

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Can't go wrong with any of the above.

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Ukulele all the way.

So many of them... http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation?N=100001+7&Ntk=All&Ntt=ukulele&Nty=1

I want one...

P.S. - I guess Ukes are quite versatile considering that some people in this world are playing ramones on them - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eunpQobt_o


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Ukulele. Definitely.

In fact I will do for myself when I get some time for playing. Great instrument and very funny.


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I've decided the mando is out for now. Maybe sometime down the road. So it's down to one of the following. I'm leaning toward either the djembe or bongos because I can buy them without spending much more than the gift card. The uke, I'll have to pay another $50 and after my bass buying spree, I don't need to spend any more :D

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Mitchell-Concert-Size-12-Fret-Ukelele-103815981-i1171408.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Toca-Synergy-Black-Mamba-Djembe-680046-i1410559.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/CP-CP221-Tunable-Bongos-with-Bag-101182350-i1135562.gc

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Or maybe a good tractor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbN-jO11vKg&feature=PlayList&p=C66716CBBB0A0179&index=69

On a serious note, maybe some of these. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rDJvGSFY-c&feature=PlayList&p=C66716CBBB0A0179&index=66 Congas, I think? I see them in matched sets with Bongos.

This is all assuming that you do have a good cow-bell already.

Roy
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feh … would take a doumbek over a djembe 4 of 7 days of the week.

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bongos, baby, bongos!

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Thanks for all the input. I think the bongos will be my next purchase. Roy, the congas are nice, but my fiance has been very understanding about all the guitars, basses and amps. She just might crack if I drag a giant set of congas in the house. :D

Unfortunately, the gift card is gone :( My son bought some bass cabs last week and has been looking for a head. He didn't have a whole lot of money left, so was going to go real low budget. I got to thinking and decided I could sell him my head and I could use that and the gift card to upgrade a little. He spends the same amount of money, but we both end up w/ better amps. I noticed that my local GC had a used Peavey MAX 450 head in stock for $249. With my current cabs, I'll get 300 watts, same as my old amp. But down the road I can get better cabs and get a full 450 watts out that bad boy. I played it in the store and it rocks. Getting ready to hook it up here at the house and let 'er rip.

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Well, I guess that means the tractor is out too.

Roy
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