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    It’s my birthday tomorrow and a friend bought me this ornament of a mouse playing a mandolin. Might just be the oddest gift I’ve ever had (although I have to say I rather like it!).

    What’s the strangest instrument related gift you’ve been given?
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    A set of Argentine strings - I use D'Addario J74s exclusively (except on the mandola, of course, and the electric, nickel wound).

    OK, not so weird. But I can't think of any other time I've been gifted something mandolin-related.

    Oh, wait - my mom gave me my first mandolin. That WAS weird. And in so doing, ruined my life. I mean, brought into my life immense amounts of self-perpetuating joy, light, and fulfillment. Yeah, that's it.
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    Matt, neither of these qualify as "odd"--rather, they are AWESOME! My son, also named Matt, gave me two treasures for Father's Day this year: A copy of the classic Skaggs-Rice vinyl, with the cover signed by Ricky Skaggs; and, an autographed picture of Tony Rice. They are now hanging on the wall in my library/office/music room along with vinyls of "The Best of the Greenbriar Boys and John Herald", "The Model Church" by J.D. Crowe and the Kentucky Mountain Boys, and Mandolin Orange's "This Side of Jordan". To give you some indication of my musical interests, on the opposite wall is a poster of John Coltrane from his "Blue Train" album. BTW: Absolutely love the "Mouse Playing Mandolin"--totally awesome!! ...Old Dog Dave
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    Strangest instrument-related gift? A lot of them seem to involve harmonicas...

    Evy Mayer gave me a Koch "Concert" harmonica, made in Germany, which was a key of C "echo harp" with two bells attached to little posts sticking up from the harp's body. Oddly, neither of the bells is pitched C.

    Lee Vaccaro gave me a Rolmonica, which is a "player piano" harmonica with punched paper tapes you crank through while blowing it. Big seller in the 1920's -- not.

    Someone, can't remember who, gave me a S S Stewart Collegian ukulele banjo, in a canvas bag, which he found in a closet. Still play it.

    A woman who saw me playing somewhere came up to me and gave me a Meisel guitar-zither, four chords and a bunch of chromatic melody strings. I tuned it up -- once -- and learned one tune on it, to play at a Ren Faire gig in Arizona. Since then it's sat in its case.

    My friend Cathy McGrath gave me a gig bag for a bowed psaltery; luckily, I had a psaltery that fit it.

    My frequent collaborator Jim Kimball gave me two 1890's Autoharps, one of which may be the never-cataloged Model 7. Or it may not. Right now I'm trying to get the back re-attached.

    My friends Bob and Karen gave me a guitar-shaped tin box, the size of a small lunchbox, with strap attachments. Too small for an instrument, but I sometimes stick tuners or other accessories in it to take to a gig.

    -- That's all that come to mind...
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    Mine, like Allen’s, is harmonica related. A friend gave me a keychain with tiny little harmonica on it. It’s kinda cute and the harmonica is actually functional, sorta.

    My mandolin related gift (to myself) was a t shirt printed with mandolin chords, obtained here at the cafe store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Hutchinson View Post
    It’s my birthday tomorrow and a friend bought me this ornament of a mouse playing a mandolin. Might just be the oddest gift I’ve ever had (although I have to say I rather like it!).

    What’s the strangest instrument related gift you’ve been given?
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    I really like that mouse! Doesn't seem that odd to me.

    The only mandolin-related gift that anyone's ever given me was 4 tiny pieces of foam to use as harmonic stiflers between the bridge and tailpiece. Never used them - maybe I should.

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    A six string A style Christmas ornament.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Dog Dave View Post
    A copy of the classic Skaggs-Rice vinyl, with the cover signed by Ricky Skaggs; and, an autographed picture of Tony Rice. ...Old Dog Dave
    What a great & sensitive son!!! Those are both heartfelt amazing gifts, especially since sadly T won't be signing any more photos.

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    We give fun presents for Christmas. I got this oddly wrapped gift and before opening said "What is this? a scary clown statue playing mandolin?"... Sure enough, it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Strangest instrument-related gift? ...
    My friends Bob and Karen gave me a guitar-shaped tin box, the size of a small lunchbox, with strap attachments. Too small for an instrument, but I sometimes stick tuners or other accessories in it to take to a gig.

    -- That's all that come to mind...
    Was it a box like this one? https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...Anull%7D%22%7D
    Now, what was I after when I wandered in here?

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    Precisely. Do you have one, and if so, what-the-hell is it useful for?
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    I think it might actually be a lunchbox. Notice the sticker/decal with a pick shape and the words "Rock Star?" That's kid stuff. IMO, natch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Precisely. Do you have one, and if so, what-the-hell is it useful for?
    I don't (but then, I don't have a guitar, either). It looks like it could do service holding spare strings, a winder and/or nippers, a polishing cloth? I'm fond of boxes to keep stuff in, so if those suggestions don't appeal, let me know and I'll think up some other ideas.
    Now, what was I after when I wandered in here?

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    Dolly, my 2021 Ibanez M522 mandolin
    Louise, my 193x SS Maxwell mandolin
    Fiona, My 2021 GSM guitar-bodied octave resonator mandolin
    Charlotte, my 2016 Eastman MDO 305 octave mandolin
    Giuliana, my 2002 Hans Schuster 505 violin
    Sally, my 2021 Jasmine S35 guitar

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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    ... might actually be a lunchbox.
    Gotta love the "stitching", embossed-steel of course, around the top edge. Someone put a fair amount of thought into that thing!
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    Now that is awesome!!

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    My (then girlfriend, now wife) snuck in and took a picture of my mandolins and then presented me with this painting for Christmas;Click image for larger version. 

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    That's not odd, that's wonderful! A kind, generous, and beautiful gift.

    Well, there are three mandolins, so in that sense, it is odd ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    That's not odd, that's wonderful! A kind, generous, and beautiful gift.

    Well, there are three mandolins, so in that sense, it is odd ...
    She's a keeper!

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    Regarding my "lunch box" or whatever, I was intrigued by the strap attachments for a box as small as that.

    I put two dozen "Resist" buttons in it to distribute at a New England Folk Festival workshop I gave a couple years ago; a bunch of old folkies sang a bunch of old lefty songs and felt good and self-righteous about it. Nothing like having your overall issue positions reinforced in a safe environment, by people who all agree with you.

    Anyway, I'll continue to use it whenever I have a need to transport a small amount of musical gear.
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