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    I'm curious how many of y'all have instruments in your offices?

    I have a cheap used Lotus A style mando and a Deering Goodtime banjo.

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    I have a tinwhistle in a drawer of my workbench in the shop because I thought I might play it some day. I never have.

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    I keep two mandolins, three guitars, a bass and keyboards in my office.

    Of course, I work from home.
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    At work, I have nothing other than an iPad with a Mandolin Chord App and YouTube. At home however, my work area has a bunch of insturments (fiddle, mando, didgeridoo, tin whistle, keyboard, a couple other that I can't remember)

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    Heck, yeah! I keep my old Kentucky here and pick it up a few times a day. Not quite as useful as finding an hour of focused practice, but better than nothing.

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    I usually have my Mix A5 in the office. Don't have to worry about humidity and all that.

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    Usually only when I have a gig after work, or when I am traveling with the mandolin and leaving from work. Christmas Eve being a major exception.
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    Taylor 210 and the kentucky KM505....good times in Afghanistan...
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    A mandolin and a fiddle live at the office.

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    Yep, a '23 Gibson - playing a few tunes during lunch is a great break from the day.
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    I kept a Kentucky KM-340S (my beater) at my office figuring that I would go outside during lunch and take in a quick practice session. That illusion lasted about 6 months when it suddenly struck me that I had yet to do so (too busy at work, even during lunch). I took it home (where it gets played a couple of times a week), mounted a JJB Electronics pickup and use it for plug-in gigs on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Answer: I used to but I don't anymore.

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    I keep a mandolin under my desk and play when I get a few minutes, here and there. That way, I manage to get it at least a little practice most days. Of course, there are only two of us in the office, and we are in and out all day, so I am frequently by myself.


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    I build and repair instruments. I have them everywhere.

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    Hey mandobeater! Thanks for your service. I returned from a year in Kandahar in June. I had my Mix mando and a CA dread (just sold that one). Stay safe brother!

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    I dont keep any instruments in my office. They dont seem to like the daily excess humidity caused by the shower.

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    Depending on were I was working during the last 30 plus years, I always have a mandolin stashed somewhere at work or else I carry one in with me daily. This is, of course, to prevent MWS (Mandolin Withdrawal Syndrome).
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    Used to keep a ukulele in my office. I think the non picking masses thought it was weird. But they're just missing out.

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    My 1937 Gibson A-00 lives under my desk and comes out regularly for lunch and breaks. Sometimes it gets played more that the other two mandos at home.
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    That's right, "Sometimes it gets played more that the other two mandos at home...." particularly -while- it's getting played. There are hazards. I have a Strad-o-lin I take to (and sometimes keep at) work. This week it fueled an inopportune glance through the for-sale ads... hunger pangs. I'll tell you how it works out -- an identical twin sister with a hairdo that says Orpheum.
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    A beater homemade mandolin (featured in the ugliest scroll of the last century thread) and a violin that I got in trade for a samick mandolin. I play them whenever I get really wound up and need a break.

    They are on a shelf behind me and visible during video Skype, so I get lots of comments from my clients.
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    Office? I ain't got no stinkin' office! Not for the last 11 years, anyway. Just a massively over-cluttered basement room with a desk, computer, dozens of instrument cases, and a few other odd pieces of furniture. Oh, and a seldom-used treadmill.

    When I had an office, there'd sometimes be a concertina under the desk, if I had an after-work gig and didn't want to leave it in a freezing car. Bosses I had would have disapproved in-office music making. Doesn't fit in with the Police Department image, somehow.
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    I keep two mandolins in the studio - one bowlback and my poor battered Hathway - there's more room than i got at home [though i do keep a cumbus-mando at home in case of emergencies].

    The studio has advantages, the temperature is constant, its closer to the weekly session spot, and the guy who shares the studio has two guitars stashed in his room so there's no trouble from him.

    It does mean that i get a little... sidetracked from work time to time though.

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    Sure am glad nobody here is an air traffic controller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    Sure am glad nobody here is an air traffic controller.
    haha...

    I keep a ukulele at the office. I have even gotten some of my co-workers smitten with the uke and they have bought and learned to play their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Just a massively over-cluttered basement room with a desk, computer, dozens of instrument cases, and a few other odd pieces of furniture.
    In 2012, any space with a computer is an office. With a desk, that's a luxury office suite.

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