Re: Parting With a Cherished Instrument
I guess you could go the middle route and do what the Library of Congress has done with a few Strads and keep them on display but play them regularly. Then the world can see a Strad up close and hear it, too. But yes, by all means, play them! They go bad when left alone with little love.
"When I heard what Socrates had done on the lyre, I wished indeed even [I had done] that...but certainly I labored hard in letters!" - Cicero, "Cato the Elder on Old Age"
Mastercraft MSF400 F-style mandolin
Late 19th Century Ferrari(?) Bowlback
No-name, early 20th Century British Mandoline-Banjo
1960s Harmony Baritone Ukelele
The Magic Fluke Flea Soprano Ukelele (in 5ths!)
1910 German Stradivarius 1717 copy, unknown maker
1890(?) German Stradivarius 1725 copy, G.A. Pfreztschner, maker