Won a Guitar Bid

Apart from wanting to learn the recorder, I also want to go back and continue my guitar studies. The problem is, the guitar I used to play was my Dad’s Yamaha classical guitar (not sure of the exact model) and so, it’s with him in the Philippines. To pick up the guitar again, that meant getting one for myself.

The cheapest Yamaha guitar that could be bought from the music shops around Melbourne was the Yamaha C40 Classical Guitar which retailed for $169. As it looked and felt just like my Dad’s guitar when I tried it in the shop, I decided that’s what I wanted to buy.

However, it’s a bit expensive considering I’m not even sure how much I wanted to play the guitar. I considered getting one of the many cheap guitars with unknown brands on sale from $30 on eBay. I did some research about buying a new guitar and the general advice of guitar players is that I shouldn’t buy the cheapest guitar out there.

Without going into too much detail, they said that “el-cheapo” guitars are likely to be difficult to play as well as sound bad. Now, to a super dedicated student, this shouldn’t be a problem, but to your casual guitar student, one or both of these two factors might discourage him or her from further study.

I had that problem with the recorder, too. I bought the cheapest recorder I could lay my hands on and studied that. It didn’t take too long for me to give up on it the first time. When I decided to try at learning the instrument a second time, I did some research and bought the cheapest recommended recorder I could buy. I was surprised at how much easier it was to play and how much nicer it sounded. Certainly, it encouraged me to learn further.

I had only wished I bought my current recorder the first time around. If I did, I may be further along my recorder studies than I am now because I didn’t stop playing when I did.

Anyway, no cheap non-branded guitars for me. I went back to the Internet to look around for something that’s cheaper than a Yamaha but still has a reputable brand. That search led me to Ashton which turned out to be an Australian instrument manufacturer/designer. Couldn’t be that bad, I thought.

Luckily, they have the CG44 Classical Guitar Starter Pack that retails for $119. The pack included the CG44 acoustic guitar, guitar lessons software, a guitar tuner, a metronome (I’ve always wanted one of these for when I’m playing my recorder), a gig bag, a strap, extra strings and picks. Seemed like exactly what I needed.

Still, I was hoping for something less than a hundred dollars. I found a shop selling it for $109 and could probably be haggled down to something like $99. Then I came across this eBay bidding for exactly the same thing which is supposedly new (not used).

So I made the lowest possible bid on it While waiting for the auction to end, I had some extra time to have a think about the guitar pack. Maybe I should just buy it from a local shop instead of having it delivered from New South Wales in the event I win the auction, I thought. It would be easier to return the guitar to a local shop under warranty than sending it back to another state.

With ten minutes left in the auction, I was scrounging around the eBay site for a way to retract my bid. I discovered that it is only allowed on certain circumstances — which, sadly, didn’t apply to me. So, I was there, secretly hoping somebody outbid me.

It was a weird thing. Instead of hoping to win, I was hoping to lose. In the end, I won. Ah well. It was still such a good deal anyway. Now, I have to wait for it to be delivered. I just pray that it is in tip-top condition on its arrival.

Fingers crossed.

Published in: on February 18, 2006 at 12:07 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Hi. I don’t really play a bass recorder. I only play a descant/soprano recorder and an treble/alto recorder though both of them of the Yamaha 300 series.

    I liked the Yamaha 300 series for its durability and intonation. That and everybody else seems to like it (according to the Recorder mailing lists I’ve joined). Well, it was certainly better than the cheaper soprano I first bought. That cheapo kept on squeeking.

    I’m sure that if I was a good player to begin with, I could’ve played the cheap soprano without it squeeking but I was a beginner and it only made it difficult for me to learn.

    But if you want to be sure of what you’re getting, I suggest you drop by an actual music shop and try out a selection of their recorders there. That will give you a good idea of which one sounds best to you.

    If you live in a place where there is no nearby music shop and ordering online is your only option, I can only suggest you get a Yamaha 300 series recorder, assuming you’re just starting out.

    A warning though. I’m no expert. I’ll leave the decision to you. Good luck.

  2. Hi! I am going to buy a bass recorder and was curious of your opinion of your Yamaha. What made it so much better for you?
    I was considering one of these. .
    I think they look great but am uncertain of the sound quality.
    I am having trouble finding much info- but everyone says that the Yamaha 300 series is the best.
    I would appreciate any advice, thanks!

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