copyright 2001, D. Glenn Arthur Jr.
Last updated 2002-12-08.
This is a list I keep around throughout the year and edit as things occur to me, or as I acquire things or have things wear out. The main reason for it is to email to my mother around Thanksgiving when she asks me what I want for Christmas. (If some of the comments sound like they're directed to one person rather than a general audience, that's why.) After muttering about how convenient it would be if friends put wishlists on the net (back when I had the money to buy presents for more than just immediate family, housemates, and my girlfriend), and especially after looking back at the mini-essay on wishlists I put in my thoughts and musings page, I figured, "Why not just start the ball rolling by putting my wishlist on the web, and see whether it catches on." Okay, so I haven't exactly made it front-page news on my main page ... (Still a little self-conscious about looking "grabby", y'know?)
And yeah, there are some things I'd love that I dare not put on a list to send to my mother, be it because I'd hate to shock or upset her or because it would be difficult for her to get me the right thing. (My friends, for example, know much more about the styles of clothes I prefer than my mother does, for example, as she's never seen me in the clothes I usually wear.) I haven't decided whether to include them in this version of the list or not. ;-)
Quoting myself from here on .....
As usual, this list covers the range of prices from trivial to ridiculous. Likewise the range of how-easy-to-find. I figure the more you know about what I want, the easier it'll be to get me something I like that isn't on the list if you decide to surprise me or can't find any of the things I've listed. The idea behind a long list isn't to ask for lots of things -- it's to provide you with lots of options -- I don't want to ask for one thing and have it turn out to be something you can't find. :-)
"Pirate (RenFest) Shirts". The shirts I wear with my kilt, or with my Renaissance garb -- white, loose-fitting cotton; V-neck laced up with either a leather thong or fabric lace, with a simple collar (single layer of fabric, which folds over); full, wide sleeves gathered at the wrist (fastened at the wrist with either a tie or a button), butt length. This is part of my usual stage garb and I only have one intact shirt remaining, so I have no good backup in case anything should happen to the one, or when I have gigs on both days of a weekend.
Glasses. Back in July I had my eyes examined and got a prescription but I've not yet been able to afford to buy glasses. ("OD: Sphere +100, Cylinder -75, Axis 019; OS: Sphere P2" ... or PL -- little trouble with the doctor's handwriting.)
The Harry Potter books. I borrowed the first one from a friend but have not yet read the rest.
The New Oxford Book of Carols, http://www.oup-usa.org/docs/0193533227.html
Cookwise, by Shirley O. Corriher.
Any CD by Azam Ali
"In The Garden Of Souls", by VAS (on CD)
Out of the Flames by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone
A videotape of Forrest Gump in letterbox format, if it exists. I've already got the pan-&-scan version, but I'm not visible on it. (Friends spotted me in the theatre, but I was too far to the right in the scene to be visible in pan-&-scan.) [Don't know for sure whether it exists.]
Nice earrings, understated or elegant, not baroque. [You probably know more places to buy these than I do.]
Chasing hammer. [Micro Mark, maybe Leichtung Workshops, possibly a normal hardware store or arts&crafts supplies store.]
The Playford Ball, 103 Early English Country Dances, by Kate Van Winkle Keller and Genevieve Shimer, a copublication of A Cappella Books and The Country Dance and Song Society. [Probably House of Musical Traditions and Dale Music. Don't know whether it could be ordered through a normal bookstore, but it probably could be.]
Music books by Marshall Barron. (I already have Playford For Young String Players, Early Playford for Early Instruments, and The Geud Man of 55th Street.) [House of Musical Traditions should carry these. Dale Music in Silver Spring may as well. They're also available directly from Marshall Barron at Playford Consort Publications, 100 York St., Apt. 15E, New Haven, CT, 06510.]
Dance music arranged by Bernard Thomas. I have Playford Dances Volume 1 but I believe he has put together other books as well. [House of Musical Traditions should carry these.]
English Country Dance, 2nd edition, by Peter Barnes. Often referred to in dance circles as "The Blue Book". I have the 1st edition. He added more tunes for the new edition. [House of Musical Traditions.]
Barron and Thomas are modern. Multi-part arrangements of renaissance dance tunes done by arrangers who lived during the period would be nice. One name is Phalese. Note that I already have copies of Arbeau's and Playford's dance manuals (Orchesographie and The English Dancing Master, respectively) which include many of the tunes, but those are melody-only, not parts.) [Maybe they can search for such on the computer at Borders?]
Recordings by Boiled In Lead. I already have "Old Lead" and "Orb". [Most likely at Borders and Tower, might also be at smaller record stores. Certainly at CD Connection.]
Recordings of Near Eastern and Greek dance music. What I have so far (to avoid duplicates): Hossam Ramzy, "Introduction to Egyptian Dance Rythms"; Eddie Kochak, "Strictly Belly Dancing, The 3rd Volume"; Standard-Colonial Records / A World Of Music, "Belly Dancers' Music"; George Mgrdichian, "The Oud"; Excelsior Records, "Greetings From Greece"; The Hellenes All Star Greek Musicians & Singers, "Greek Party"; Gregorius Mertikas, "Serenade To Acropolis" (this might be yours, actually); Lyra Records, "Summer In Greece And Bouzouki". [Borders, Tower.]
Recordings by Van Morrison. I already have "Moondance". [Probably any record store. Or CD Connection.]
Recordings by the New York Early Music Consort. [Borders, Tower, CD Connection.]
Recordings by Sequentia. I already have "English Songs of the Middle Ages" and "Shining Light, Music From Aquitanian Monasteries". [Borders, Tower, CD Connection.]
Recordings by The Dufay Collective. I already have "A L'Estampida", but I'm hoping they've put out more than just the one CD. [Borders, Tower, CD Connection.]
Recordings by the Tuff Darts (this is ca. 1980 punk, so it might be hard to find, but I've been wanting a copy of "Nuclear Waste" and "Head Over Heels" for a long time.) [Possibly Borders or Tower, more likely at a used record store. Worth trying CD Connection.]
Recordings by Wolfstone -- I already have Unleashed, The Chase, and Year of the Dog; I'm looking for The Half Tail, This Strange Place, Seven, Almost an Island, terra firma, and Not Enough Shouting.
Sheet music for belly-dance tunes. I have both of Mimi Spencer's books, (A Near Eastern Music Primer, and Sadika's Tunes) and Sunara's combined volume of books 1 and 2 of her transcriptions. Pointers to additional sources might be available on rec.music.arabic by now ... [Don't know where to look, or I'd have more already.]
Sheet music for Greek dance tunes. I have one book so far, World Charts Presents The Greek Songbook , but no other sheet music for Greek tunes. [Don't know where to look, or I'd have more already. I'm hoping you know where to ask.]
A faster computer than what I've already got. My fastest machine is a 200MHz K6 with 48MB of RAM, so used machines faster than that ought to be around.
Film. I could use a lot of film. I shoot a lot of Fuji Press 1600 and Fuji Press 800 (aka Fuji Superia XTra 800), but I also like Agfa Optima 100 and 400, Fuji Reala, Kodak Supra 800, Kodak Portra 160NC, Kodak Portra 160VC, and Kodak Portra 400VC, which are all colour print films. Agfa HDC (100 and 400) is pretty good, and cheaper than Agfa Optima (it's also available packaged under the Walgreen's name, as "Studio 35"). In black and white I like Kodak Tri-X, Ilford HP5, Fuji Neopan 1600, Ilford Delta 3200, and Kodak TMZ-p3200. For slides I like Fuji Sensia 100, Fuji Provia 100F, Agfa RSX 100, Fuji Velvia 50, Fuji Provia 1600. What I'll use most are the Fuji 1600 and 800, and the Agfa 100 and 400, but a surplus of anything else will keep indefinitely in the freezer until I get around to using it . Specialty films I like but can't always afford are Kodak HIE (black and white infrared) and Kodak EIR (infrared false-colour slide film).
A better oud. Mine is very cheaply made and it pulling itself apart. I've repaired it a few times, but inherent flaws in its construction make it difficult to make repairs that last a while. Also, having played halfway-decent ones I now know what I'm missing. [Kelischek Workshop]
"Portrait" (70mm, 85mm, or 100mm) lens for my ancient Honywell Pentax H3 and Spotmatic cameras -- the mounting system is "M42" screwmount (also known as "Pentax screwmount" or Pentax Universal screwmount, but not to be confused with Pentax K-mount, which is more modern). You won't find these new -- they'll be in camera stores that handle used equipment sometimes, and in pawn shops or mail-order places more often.
Lenses for Pentax K-mount cameras: I have a 50/1.4, but if by some miracle an affordable 50/1.2 should appear, that would be wonderful. Pentax 50mm f/4 Macro lens would also be useful (I had one until the burglary). Long telephoto -- I have a 400/6.3 preset (which means it's slow and has no automation at all) and a 100-300/4 zoom; something in that range but faster would be great. Teleconverters (1.4x, 2x). Extension tubes (for extreme close-up work). Extreme wide angle (my widest lens currently is a 24mm) or fisheye. Note that any version of the K mount will work -- one of my cameras can make use of the KA mount ("A series") features and my other K-mount cameras will simply ignore the extra features. None of my cameras are autofocus, and I'll probably find real manual focus lenses a little easier to use, but autofocus lenses can be used as manual focus lenses on my cameras. This is an incredibly convenient thing about Pentax cameras.
Studio photography lights. I'd prefer flash strobes with "modelling lights", but I'll work with hot lights if that's what I wind up with. Two or three lights with stands and softboxes or umbrellas would handle most situations that I'd know what to do in.
Hard case for mandolin. (I have a cardboard case.) My mandolins are teardrop-shaped flat-backs. (One's a Harmony acoustic/electric and the other is a Goya (Martin) GM23.) [I don't know where to get this. James Bumgardner, a luthier in Silver Spring would probably know. He sold me the Goya. (Bumgardner Music Co., 301-622-4397)]
Bouzouki -- there's this Flatiron bouzouki at Applachian Bluegrass which is positively dreamy.
Cymbals (for drumset). I've got a 15" crash cymbal that sounds okay when played with a stick, but doesn't ring out clearly when struck with the fingers (as I have to do if I'm playing bass at the same time). Experiments show that a 20" crash will work better for this purpose. A good, general purpose, Rock crash will do. (Ideally I'd pick one out by listening to several, but I'm less concerned about getting The Exact Perfect Tessitura than I was. As long as it doesn't sound like a toy or a trash-can lid. If a salesman asks for a more specific description, I want it noisy -- that is to say, a really crashy crash -- but not overpowering; medium-duration, for accents in a folk-rock band.)
Other cymbals I don't really need but would like to have are a "China crash" and a really "wet" sounding splash cymbal. [Most music stores, AMS, MF, Bringe, Daddy's, and pawn shops. Prices will vary depending on brand and source. Perhaps John can ask one of Blue Miracle's drummers where to look?]
Octave pedal for guitar. [Any guitar-oriented music store. Possibly even Music & Arts? AMS, MF, Bringe, and Daddy's.]
Delay pedal for guitar, such as the DOD DFX9 or Boss RV2. [Any guitar-oriented music store, possibly even Music & Arts? AMS, MF, Bringe, Manny's, and Daddy's.]
Chorus pedal for bass. [Any guitar-oriented music store, possibly even Music & Arts? AMS, MF, Bringe, Manny's, and Daddy's.]
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for my computer. I've got one, but I have five other computers providing basic services on my LAN (and a few more that are not critical but would be nice to protect on general principle).
Cymbal stand. Prefer a boom stand, but I can make a straight stand fit into my setup if need be. If a salesman asks how heavy a cymbal I'm going to put on it, the answer is a 20" heavy ride. [Larger music stores, maybe smaller music stores, MF, AMS, Bringe, Manny's, Daddy's. Sometimes can be found in pawn shops.]
Dual drum pedal. Since I'm usually playing bass when I'm playing drums, the more I can do with my feet, the more I can do at all. I'm looking for a (probably used) dual-pedal for a kick drum. Used is 1/5-1/3 the price of new. [Most music stores and the usual list of catalogs.]
Microphones -- pro-grade vocal/instrument cardioid dynamic mics for live sound, such as the Shure SM57 or Shure SM58. I've been very happy with the Audio Technica ATM61HE I have -- another of those would be most excellent. Condenser mics are good also (better for most applications) as long as they're cardioid or supercardioid/hypercardioid, but condensers are more expensive than dynamic mics. I could also use another Audio Technica AT831b clip-on condenser mic. (I've got one, but I'm switching it back and forth between instruments a lot.) One of my cardioid dynamic vocal mics (Audio Technica Pro4L) has been damaged and no longer picks up low frequencies or very high ones. [Larger music stores, the usual list of catalogs. May be other places as well, but I don't know.]
Rental of a cello or a bass fiddle for a month or two so I can figure out how hard it'll be for me to learn to play it. [Music & Arts.]
A folding equipment cart, such as the "Rock 'n Roller" brand sold by Musician's Friend, Manny's Mailbox Music, The Music Stand, and at least one or two other catalogs) would make my life a lot easier when it comes time to transport stuff (especially on days when my fibromyalgia is especially bad). I figured out that I could fit all my guitars on the medium ("RR8 MID") or large ("RR10 MAX") carts, along with amplifiers. The smallest is too short for my bass guitar (48"). The carts I'm talking about fold up to fit in the trunk of a car. [American Musical Supply, Musician's Friend, The Music Stand. Something similar might be available elsewhere.]
A rolling case for microphone/percussion stands. Tall and narrow with wheels on one end and a handle on the other. [AMS, MF.]
Film/Slide Scanner -- I have a 300dpi flatbed scanner, but I've got a bunch of slides to scan. Parallel, serial, or SCSI interface.
An alto bowed psaltery. This is a larger, lower-pitched, and louder bowed psaltery than the one I have. [Albert E. Winters (aka Silvershell Musical Instruments, see above) is not the only person making them after all, but they're not terribly common yet.
A stereo receiver/amplifier. I no longer have the compact unit with the broken tape deck, so I'm now using the 1962 console unit in my bedroom. It currently needs $200 worth of new vacuum tubes. [see above.]
+++ New vacuum tubes for my console stereo. [REMINDER: LIST NEEDED TUBES HERE]
Good stereo speakers. I've spent far too long listening to good music on cheap speakers. [See above.]
Note that any of the stereo equipment is useful -- if I get speakers, I can put them on one of my current systems until I get a better amp. If I get an amp, I can hook the dual-cassette deck and Jane's turntable to it and use my cheap speakers with it until I can upgrade those. If I get a CD player or a turntable, I can hook it to the console unit for now. A complete component system would be nice but expensive. I do have a piecemeal upgrade path. A compact (all-in-one) system won't let me add/replace components easily in the future, and I'll likely want to expand it when I get a chance. (The more inputs on the receiver the better.)
Rhodes model FR-7054 keyboard amplifier (used, since I don't think it's made anymore) -- this is the amplifier designed to fit under a Fender Rhodes electric piano. [Daddy's has these once in a while.] Alternately, any decent modern keyboard amp.
100W bass guitar cabinet or PA speaker, 8 ohms (with response down at least to 35 Hz -- I often tune my low string down to D and want that note to come through clearly) ... I have the amplifier "head" so I just need the speaker cabinet -- used is just as suitable as new and a lot cheaper. A "1x18" (cabinet with one 18" speaker) or a "4x10" (cabinet with four 10" speakers) is what I'll probably need. I no longer have access to the speaker cabinet I was borrowing for the past several years. [AMS, MF, Bringe, Carvin, Manny's, Atomic Music. Don't know whether Daddy's would know specs on frequency response (but you can ask). Very large music stores.] 100W sounds like a lot until you put it up against a drum set, three saxophones, four clarinets, a piano, two trumpets, a tuba, and a few flutes.
Multi-track tape recorder (or "portastudio"). I'm familiar with the Yamaha MT-100 and MT-120 (preferred) models, both of which will do nicely for my purposes (and will let me exchange tapes with two friends who have Yamaha units). The Tascam 424mkII is also good (though a little more expensive) and will let me exchange tapes with a couple of other friends. I want to be able to record on all four tracks at once (the Tascam Porta/01 and Porta/03 will not do this, but the Tascam 424 mkII will do rather nicely (and I don't know about the original 424)). [Daddy's, MF, AMS, larger music stores.]
Oscilloscope. Prefer dual-trace, but can work with single-trace. Will use it mostly for audio-frequency, but if I wind up with a 100MHz one, that'll come in handy troubleshooting computers sometimes. a 10MHz or 20MHz scope would be useful working on very old computers.) [Not sure where to buy one -- probably electronic supply houses (other than Radio Shack)? Saw one in a pawn shop in Aspen Hill.]
Marching snare drum (as opposed to the kind that sits on a stand). It needen't be an amazingly loud one, as I won't be trying to compete with bagpipes with it. Red Dragon Music Den (Martinsburg, West Virginia, 304-267-0411) sells an old-style one with rope tension adjustment. I don't know whether a modern one would be more expensive or less. [Any music store that serves high school marching bands or pipe & drum groups. Red Dragon. Maybe House of Musical Traditions.]
A custom guitar tuned in fifths -- I've discussed the design with the folks at Rocky Mountain Enterprises (364 W. 13th Ave., Homestead, PA, 15120) and if you mention my name and say that I've talked to them they'll know what you're talking about if they haven't forgotten by now. I hadn't discussed price with them yet.
Individual drums for a drum set. I have a borrowed set, but I'll have to give that back eventually A complete set is expensive, but I can build it piecemeal as I manage to acquire components. I already have my own snare and a set of four "Roto-Toms" (tuneable shell-less drums) of my own: 6", 8", 10", and 12". What I need most is a kick drum (and pedal). A couple of larger Roto-Toms would be really nice (the larger they are, the more they sound like timpani and the less they sound like bongos), as would a couple of conventional tom-toms. (The Rotos would get more use. I can actually get by without the tom-toms & floor-tom for now, though I'm using those more often.) For the kick drum and toms, used shells that I can replace heads on later are good -- not pretty for Christmas morning perhaps, but that's okay. If they're in decent shape and have all their hardware I'll be glad to have them. I also need a snare stand -- the one that came with my snare drum lacks a base, so I'm using a borrowed stand. Finally, I could use a nice throne. (I bought a really cheap one (CB Percussion, about $40) a year or two ago, and it is not holding up to ordinary use.) [Most music stores, Musician's Friend, American Musical Supply, Bringe Music (slow, but most comprehensive percussion selection), or Daddy's.]
I saw a nice $90 bass drum at Atomic Music on Route 1 in College Park.
If you want to surprise me with other, random percussion, here's what I already have (in addition to what's mentioned above): mini ashiko (about two thirds the size of a normal ashiko), claves, tambourine, zils (two sizes), and tambour. Oh, my zils are really cheap and sound like it, so it wouldn't upset me to have a pretty-sounding pair. I've never had much luck with a bodhran, and I'm using the ashiko to get doumbek sounds -- a real doumbek would still be nice thoug. Anything else I'll probably manage to amuse myself with and will probably even find some excuse to work it into a song someplace. I've also already got a whole bunch of different kinds of drumsticks and mallets. If I had a djembe I'd play it, but I'm not really looking for one right now. Congas, on the other hand, are something I've wanted for a while. Interesting "special effect" cymbals such as a China bell or Ice bell, etc., would be fun (not something I need, but fun).
Alto krummhorn or cornamuse. Lark In The Morning carries them but their prices are steep. Hobgoblin Music has them. Dale Music might know where to get one. In a reply to a question from someone else, someone on the net suggested "Susato" brand, produced by George Kellischek of Brasstown, NC, 704-837-5833. He also suggested contacting Boulder Early Music Shop at 800-499-1301 or email email@example.com. The Susato is plastic. Asking on rec.music.early might turn up more leads. [Lark In The Morning, Boulder Early Music Shop, Hobgoblin Music, Dale Music, House of Musical Traditions.]
Soprano krummhorn or cornamuse (probably cheaper than an alto, though I much prefer (and play much better on) the alto.) [Lark In The Morning, Boulder Early Music Shop, Hobgoblin Music, Dale Music, House of Musical Traditions.]
Celtic harp, nylon-strung, with sharping levers. A wire-strung one would probably do, but I've had better luck picking up friends' nylon- strung harps than the wire-strung ones. [Lark In The Morning, House of Musical Traditions, Orion's Creations, Silvershell Musical Instruments, maybe Hobgoblin Music.]
Most of the instrument & equipment places also sell some books & sheet music. Many (most?) will also get your order to you within a week. Some will get it there in three days for no extra charge.
Used Gear By Mail (aka Daddy's Junky Music), NH 1-603-894-6492 http://www.daddys.com Used instruments & equipment, some new items as well Chuck Levin's, Wheaton, MD Retailer, new instruments & equipment, Not just rock. Some used gear. Dale Music, Silver Spring, MD Will special order sheet music from publishers. Have some used instruments (at least woodwinds). The House of Musical Traditions, Takoma Park, MD 301-270-9090 Folk & exotic instruments, books, sheet music, CDs. Veneman Music, Rockville, MD Retailer, new instruments & equipment, on Twinbrook Parkway. Pretty much rock-oriented. They also have a Northern Virginia store. American Musical Supply, NJ 1-800-458-4076 Retailer, new instruments & equipment America's Choice, MN 1-800-832-2637 Gifts, T-shirts, etc. Apparently part of American Musical Supply, despite being halfway across the continent. Bringe Music Supply, FL 1-888-682-2200 Quirky selection but good prices, extensive percussion section. A little slow (delivery time about a week longer than AMS or Musician's Friend). Capital Supply, MO 1-800-654-9393 Retailer, new instruments & equipment BBS at 1-314-339-7226 (which I haven't tried) Carvin, CA 1-800-854-2235 Manufacturer that sells direct through their own catalog -- guitars, basses, amps, PA equipment Elderly Instruments, MI 1-517-372-7890 Wide range of instruments, accessories, parts. Friendship House, OH 1-800-791-9876 Books, videos, posters, novelties, classroom stuff, gifts, some useful items Lark In The Morning, CA 1-707-964-5569 WWW http:// www.mhs.mendocino.k12.ca.us/MenComNet?Business/Retail/ Larknet/larkhp.html Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Lots of exotic, early, and non-Western instruments and kits. High prices. Hobgoblin Music, England +44-1293-515858 Retailer, new & used folk & early instruments P.O. Box 12 Horsham West Sussex RH12 4YE Interstate Musician Supply 1-800-IN-A-BAND WWW http://execpc.com/~musician Email email@example.com Retailer, new instruments & equipment, Manny's Mailbox Music, NY 1-800-4-48TH-ST Retailer, new instruments & equipment Silvershell Musical Instruments, MA 1-508-748-0331 firstname.lastname@example.org Albert E. Winters, instrument builder. Harps, dulcimers, slit drums, bowed psalteries. Musician's Friend, OR 1-800-776-5173 Retailer, new instruments & equipment The Music Stand, NH 1-800-717-7010 Novelties, gifts, some useful items Rocky Mountain Enterprises, PA 1-412-464-0198 Handmade musical instruments, mostly stringed. They also do custom work. I know most of the folks there. One of them can be reached at email@example.com. The Woodwind And Brasswind http://www.wwandbw.com Separate catalogs for rock instruments, woodwinds, brass, electronic music, drums, misc. Catalogs can be requested from their web page, and partial catalogs are available in electronic form there (and orders can be placed over the web). Kelischek Workshop 1-800-747-8755 http://www.susato.com 199 Waldroup Road, Brasstown, North Carolina, 28902 USA Makers of historical instruments and also retailers of instruments built elsewhere. Krummhorns, cornamusen, recorders, ouds, percussion.
Dale Music, Silver Spring Will special order from publishers. The House of Musical Traditions, Takoma Park 301-270-9090 Most likely source for renaissance dance music. Music Dispatch, WI 1-800-637-2852 They have separate Guitar, Drum, Piano, Electronic Keyboard and Organ, and Jazz catalogs. Mostly pop/rock based.
Edmund Scientific, NJ 1-609-547-8880 Toys, gizmos, parts, kits, lasers, some tools. Most of it not "practical", but fun. Mark would probably get a kick out of some of the items in this catalog Jerryco, IL 1-312-475-8440 Random odd surplus stuff, some of it fascinating. Last catalog I have from them is old -- don't know for sure whether they're still in business. Very random!
Leichtung Workshops, OH 1-800-321-6840 Mostly carpentry tools. They have some large drill bits (up to 0.5") for 0.25" drills (like Dad's) that I would find useful. Micro Mark, NJ 1-800-225-1066 Mostly for model-builders, miniatures. Lots and lots of useful stuff for wood, plastic, and metal.
CD Connection www: http://www.cdconnection.com Extensive -- darned near complete, as far as I can tell -- selection of CDs. Books Online 1-216-861-0469 www: hhtp://www.books.com Fairly impressive selection of books, searchable by subject, title, author.