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. er,
used to / intend to edit throughout the year, but I kinda forgot about
it for a couple of years and just made the first edits in quite some time.
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
on to what I send Mom...
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. :-)
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.]
Brace-and-bit (old fashioned hand drill). Basically a C-shaped crank handle (with bearings on the handgrips so you don't rub the skin off your palms) and a chuck to hold the bit. Surprisingly easy to use.
Chasing hammer. [Micro Mark, maybe Leichtung Workshops, possibly a normal hardware store or arts&crafts supplies store.]
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)?]
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.]
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.]
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.]
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.]
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.]
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?]
Compact Flash (CF) memory cards (for my digital camera (the bigger the better; 512MB and 1GB cards are a good size if I'm shooting JPG; RAW format takes more space, so larger cards will come in handy for that). [Drug stores, office supply stores, computer stores]
Film. I'm mostly shooting digital now, but I still shoot film sometimes. I use Fuji Press 800 (aka Fuji Superia Xtra 800), , Kodak Tri-X, and Kodap Tmax p3200 (TMZ) more than anything else, but I also really like Agfa Optima 100 and 400, Kodak Portra 160 and 400 (both NC and VC versions, for different purposes), Fuji Provia 100F, Fuji Velvia 50 and 100, Fuji Provia 1600, Kodak EIR (if you can still find it) and Kodak HIE.
Film and slide scanner. (I've currently got a borrowed flatbed with a film attachment, but it doesn't handle mounted slides, nor can it do a roll at once. And eventually the owner will want it back.)
I'm looking for a bunch of these, to make an IR flash strobe to use with my digital camera and with IR film in my other cameras. I don't know how many I need (I'll have to determine that by experiment); I'm guessing between twenty and fifty of them.
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. A 50mm autofocus lens would be quite useful, now that I've got two autofocus cameras. Teleconverters (1.4x, 2x), especially autofocus ones. Extension tubes (for extreme close-up work). Extreme wide angle (my widest lens currently is a 28mm, which isn't very wide on the digital camera -- I'm hoping for around 18mm or wider) or fisheye. Note that any version of the K mount will work, but A-series or later are needed to use some of the features of a couple of my cameras ('KA lenses will work on my older K-mount cameras as well), and autofocus versions of lenses I already have will come in handy on the two autofocus bodies.
"Portrait" lens (70mm, 85mm, or 100mm) 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.
Pentax AF280T flash unit.
Electrical remote shutter release for Pentax *istD; uses the same connector as the one for Canon 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.
One of those wee, cat-sized, indoor fountains -- Perrine has decided she really wants to drink flowing water, and keeps bugging me to turn on the faucet.
Measuring cup styled like a lab beaker, with markings for "amount of water in a cumulus cloud the size of a bus", "half the volume of a human brain", etc. http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/a346/
A replacement lid for my slow cooker/crock pot.
Knife block styled as a human figure penetrated by the knives. http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/86dd
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 several years ago. 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. [AMS, MF, Bringe, Carvin, Manny's, Atomic Music. Don't know whether Daddy's Junky Music would know specs on frequency response (but you can ask). Very large music stores.]
Device for connecting eight microphones (XLR) and/or instruments (1/4") to a computer via USB, for multi-track recording. (A four-input version would still be useful despite being more limited.)
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]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.]
Chorus pedal for bass. [Any guitar-oriented music store, possibly even Music & Arts? AMS, MF, Bringe, Manny's, and Daddy's.]
Bouzouki -- there's this Flatiron bouzouki at Appalachian Bluegrass which is positively dreamy...
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.]
Cymbals (for drum set). 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.)
Cymbal stands. Prefer boom stands, 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. I also have chimes to hang, and a smaller cymbal, but the 20" ride is the heaviest thing I expect to mount. [Larger music stores, maybe smaller music stores, MF, AMS, Bringe, Manny's, Daddy's. Sometimes can be found in pawn shops.]
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.]
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 than I used to.) 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. 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.) Note that electronic drums (more expensive) would let me practice with headphones at odd hours, and be easier to carry. [Most music stores, Musician's Friend, American Musical Supply, Bringe Music (slow, but most comprehensive percussion selection), or Daddy's.]
Dual drum pedal. Since I'm sometimes playing bass at the same time as 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.]
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.]
Hard case for mandolin. (I have a cardboard case.) My main mandolins are teardrop-shaped flat-backs. (I also have bowl-back mandolins, but I'm not currently using them as often.) [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)]
A case for my oud. My oud is 8.5" deep, 33" long, and almost 15" wide at its widest point. [I'm told the House of Musical Traditions has them, but I haven't been in to check them out. I also talked to Silvershell Musical Instruments (Albert E. Winters, MA, 508-748-0331, email@example.com) at Pennsic about building me one.]
A laptop powerful enough to record a handful of tracks while playing back a few others, for making multi-track recordings in the field. I don't care whether it runs Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows. (But if it runs OS X, it'll cover two wishlist items at the same time.)
Mandola -- there are several nice ones at Appalachian Bluegrass.
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.]
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 -- but the Nady SP-1 works reasonably well also. 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. I could also use a set of drum mics. [Larger music stores, the usual list of catalogs. May be other places as well, but I don't know.]
In a pinch, I can use stage mics for recording, but better would be a couple of large-diaphragm condenser mics (or intermediate condensers that can double as extra stage mics). [Larger music stores, the usual list of catalogs. May be other places as well, but I don't know.]
Octave pedal for guitar. [Any guitar-oriented music store. Possibly even Music & Arts? AMS, MF, Bringe, and Daddy's.]
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?]
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 though (I prefer the cast aluminum ones many people refer to as "camp stools", but I like the sound of heavy ceramic ones as well; I'm not fond of the thin metal ones with a sharp rim). 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 but I still need to replace various mallets that were stolen a few years ago. 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).
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. Alternately, any decent modern keyboard amp. [Daddy's has these once in a while.]
A rolling case for microphone/percussion stands. Tall and narrow with wheels on one end and a handle on the other. [AMS, MF.]
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.]
H2 digital recorder, for recording music without having to set up a laptop computer. (The H4 would be nice as well; each has some advantages over the other, for me; I'd prefer the H2, but would be happy with either.) [http://www.zoom.co.jp]
AC adaptor that puts out 15VDC, 1.2A.
A fairly basic camcorder, digital or analog.
Car charger for Sony Ericsson Z500A cell phone
DTV-ready VCR or DVR.
Good stereo speakers. I've spent far too long listening to good music on cheap speakers.
Replacement battery for iPod (mine won't run very long, even on a full charge).
New vacuum tubes for my console stereo. [REMINDER: LIST NEEDED TUBES HERE]
Essential oil of basil, which I use to treat migraines. [Auntie Arwen's]
I used to have a TENS unit, before it was stolen. It helped a little. Enough to want another one.
Old-style (not 'Pro') Memory Stick (MS) flash memory, for my PDA. The largest I can use is 128MB (64MB would also be useful, if you find those and not any 128MB ones. (Unfortunately the old style are hard to find since the 'Pro' version came out, and my PDA cannot use MS-Pro memory.) Ideally, I'd like to have about three of the 128MB ones.
SCSI or IDE/ATA/PATA 500 gig internal hard drive for desktop computer.
Laptop-size IDE disk, 60 to 80 GB (larger is no problem, of course).
DTV tuner card for computer, so I can assemble my own DVR.
Internal DVD burner for computer.
"Laptop-style" electrical cord. This is the kind where the connector on the computer end looks kind of like the outline of Mickey Mouse's head.
KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) cables to connect Sun workstations to a KVM switch. (I've got the switch; I can't use it yet for lack of cables.)
Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) for my computers. I've got several computers to protect.
USB-connected phonograph, for digitizing old albums.
A Mac new enough to be able to run OS X; it doesn't have to be the newest and hottest, just capable of running OS X effectively. Even better if it's a laptop.
Replacement battery for Sony Vaio laptop computer. (Mine only works when plugged into the wall.)
Nice earrings, understated or elegant, not baroque. [You probably know more places to buy these than I do.]
Renaissance-style (aka Pirate-style) 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.
Basic pumps, size 12, 3"-4" heel, closed back (I tend to slide around too much in slingbacks or ones with just an ankle strap). Prefer 3.5"-4" with a slender heel. My current everyday pumps are wearing out (at the very least, they need new soles and heel-tips). [Payless, The Shoe Parlour, Albee Shoes, and Topps carry size 12. Sometimes you can find them at Gussini as well. I've never bought shoes mail-order, but I know size 12's are available from Pierre Silber, Frederick's Of Hollywood (though not exactly conservative), and others.]
Any Cds by Azam Ali.
Recordings by Boiled In Lead, other than Old Lead and Orb, which I already have. [Most likely at Borders and Tower, might also be at smaller record stores. Certainly at CD Connection.]
In The Garden Of Souls, by VAS.
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.
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. Even a cassette or LP would be okay.) [Possibly Borders or Tower, more likely at a used record store. Worth trying CD Connection.]
Recordings by Van Morrison. I already have Moondance. [Probably any record store. Or CD Connection.]
Recordings by Wolfstone. I already have:
The Chase, and
Year of the Dog;
I'm looking for:
The Half Tail,
This Strange Place,
Almost an Island,
terra firma, and
Not Enough Shouting.
12V "deep cycle" RV battery (similar to a car battery, but won't be damaged by being run way down), to power my cell phone, PDA, laptop, etc. at Pennsic.
Coleman (or similar) air pump, either battery powered or wall-current-powered, for rapidly inflating an air mattress. (I have an inverter, so the wall-current version is useful even when I'm camping.)
The Harry Potter books. I've read the first five, but haven't gotten ahold of the rest. Hardback, paperback, PDF, or MobiPocket (Palm) format all work for me.
A few sources -- both for stuff I've asked for and for other stuff to
surprise me with:
Musical instruments and supplies
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
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
Veneman Music, Rockville, MD
Retailer, new instruments & equipment,
on Twinbrook Parkway. Pretty much
rock-oriented. They also have a Northern
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
Capital Supply, MO 1-800-654-9393
Retailer, new instruments & equipment
BBS at 1-314-339-7226 (which I haven't
Carvin, CA 1-800-854-2235
Manufacturer that sells direct through
their own catalog -- guitars, basses, amps, PA
Elderly Instruments, MI 1-517-372-7890
Wide range of instruments, accessories,
Friendship House, OH 1-800-791-9876
Books, videos, posters, novelties,
classroom stuff, gifts, some useful
Lark In The Morning, CA 1-707-964-5569
WWW http:// www.mhs.mendocino.k12.ca.us/MenComNet?Business/Retail/ Larknet/larkhp.html
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
Interstate Musician Supply 1-800-IN-A-BAND
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
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
The Woodwind And Brasswind
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
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
Music Dispatch, WI 1-800-637-2852
They have separate Guitar, Drum, Piano,
Electronic Keyboard and Organ, and Jazz
catalogs. Mostly pop/rock based.
Random nifty/fun stuff
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.
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
Micro Mark, NJ 1-800-225-1066
Mostly for model-builders, miniatures.
Lots and lots of useful stuff for wood,
plastic, and metal.
Online Sources For Otherwise Ordinary Stuff
Extensive -- darned near complete, as far as I can
tell -- selection of CDs.
Books Online 1-216-861-0469
Fairly impressive selection of books, searchable
by subject, title, author.