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    I recently saw this at a co-op flea market. On the positive side it was only $35.
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    I have thought of doing things like that. Years ago someone on the site found a bunch of bowl backs that had been previously picked over for anything remotely viable as in instrument. What was left was good only for scraps and parts and art installations.
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    This was made by the lamp-making department at Oscar Schmidt during the Great Depression. They had quite a few of those 12-string bowlbacks for some reason.

    This one is nicely done though I would think a lighter color for the reflector bowl would work better as a lamp.
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    Here are a couple of re purposing items speaking of lamps.Click image for larger version. 

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    If it were a banjo there would be nothing unusual about it!

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    Wow. They couldn't pay me $35 to take it.

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    If I recall correctly the Guarneri cello which was stolen in Los Angeles was about to be repurposed as a cabinet or nightstand by the cabinetmaker boyfriend of the woman who ended up with it when she saw a news report about the theft and realized what she had.

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    A few years ago there was a sale on eBay for an Emberger bowlback, one of the more desirable of that ilk. It was sold by an antique store near me and I went to examine it in person before bidding. Evidently the family of the original owner brought it to a music store who told them that it was a piece of junk and would only be a wall hanger and they should make a lamp or a planter out of it. I was outbid by a dealer in France and it sold for about $1800.

    I wonder how many Loar-signed F-5 lamps and planters are out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nmiller View Post
    If it were a banjo there would be nothing unusual about it!

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    Banjo...Head...
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    I've seen quite a few cheap banjos converted into wall clocks, with a solid white board replacing the head, hour numbers attached, and the clock mechanism installed behind it. They make much less noise...

    There's a small brass band out of Buffalo that plays restored 19th-century instruments -- rear-facing trombones, "teardrop" cornets, etc. The tuba player has a Civil War-era brass instrument that he located at a rural home somewhere; it was painted red, filled with dirt, and set in the yard as a planter. He bought it and had it restored, which must have been a chore.
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    The banjo player was light headed!

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    Everybody I know wishes that I would 're-purpose' all of my instruments, instead of having to hear me play them . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikezito View Post
    everybody i know wishes that i would 're-purpose' all of my instruments, instead of having to hear me play them . . . .
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    That flute lamp hurts me to look at. Unless you could detach it and play a bit on it...
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    I’ve seen old instruments repurposed into garden planters...pretty fun project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randi Gormley View Post
    That flute lamp hurts me to look at. Unless you could detach it and play a bit on it...
    It was a very old non playable flute that I bought for $40 and made the lamp for my daughter who is a fabulous flute player. The cello was also not worth fixing so I made that for her husband who plays up right bass. If it is fixable (affordably)I would not do it.

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    Hey, at least they're still being useful! We should all be so lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhergert View Post
    Hey, at least they're still being useful! We should all be so lucky.
    Wanna be "repurposed?" Sign up as an organ donor -- or donate your "remains" to your local med school for students' use.
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