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Buying an instrument in Cuba?

matt milton 21 Apr 08 - 12:08 PM
Bill D 21 Apr 08 - 01:11 PM
GUEST 21 Apr 08 - 03:33 PM
jeffp 21 Apr 08 - 03:35 PM
danensis 21 Apr 08 - 04:08 PM
The Fooles Troupe 21 Apr 08 - 09:08 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 22 Apr 08 - 12:53 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 22 Apr 08 - 01:01 AM
Newport Boy 22 Apr 08 - 03:26 AM
Les in Chorlton 22 Apr 08 - 03:31 AM
GUEST,eddied 27 May 08 - 10:34 AM
GUEST 27 May 08 - 05:25 PM
Jack Campin 27 May 08 - 06:10 PM
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Subject: Buying an instrument in Cuba?
From: matt milton
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 12:08 PM

Going to Havana for a holiday in a few weeks time and thought I might add to my burgeoning collection of miscellaneous stringed guitar-related instruments.

Does anyone on here know Havana at all? Anyone know of any musical instrument shops? I'm thinking of looking for a tres. Anyone ever play one? Or buy one? Anyone know anything about the laude? This is something I know even less about - wikipedia entries are about the sum of my knowledge. The tunings sound interesting: I play guitar and mandolin, and the tunings of both the tres and the laude look like they'd be right up my street.


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Subject: RE: Buying an instrument in Cuba?
From: Bill D
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 01:11 PM

well...I am a woodworker, not a guitarist - but if you can find something in Cuban Mahogany

(take plenty of money)


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Subject: RE: Buying an instrument in Cuba?
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 03:33 PM

I have a friend who is an expert on Cuba, and Havana in particular. If you pm me an email address I'll see if I can get her to contact you.

John


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Subject: RE: Buying an instrument in Cuba?
From: jeffp
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 03:35 PM

Perhaps if you sign in, matt might know who you are and be able to pm you.


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Subject: RE: Buying an instrument in Cuba?
From: danensis
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 04:08 PM

Ah, very good point - who ate my cookie?

John


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Subject: RE: Buying an instrument in Cuba?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 09:08 PM

Yum! Yum! .... Burp!


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Subject: RE: Buying an instrument in Cuba?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Apr 08 - 12:53 AM

I have a Canadian friend who wanted to do much the same, but he fould out that the Cuban authorities restrict visitors to the point that it is hard to visit some areras of Havana and to contact local people.
No idea myself, but you might want to do some checking first.


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Subject: RE: Buying an instrument in Cuba?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Apr 08 - 01:01 AM

www.caribesol sells puerto Rican tres guitars. Couldn't find new Cuban tres for sale.


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Subject: RE: Buying an instrument in Cuba?
From: Newport Boy
Date: 22 Apr 08 - 03:26 AM

There's no practical restriction on wandering round Havana - except those imposed by tour operators. We cycled in Cuba a few years ago, and spent 2 days in Havana, enjoying the music which comes from every open window and doorway. The same applied in Santiago.

A tres sounds a good idea - it's a very distinctive sound.

Phil


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Subject: RE: Buying an instrument in Cuba?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 22 Apr 08 - 03:31 AM

We spent 2 weeks with Ramblers Holidays all over the Island. Not without it's problems but much to recommend although I did see many stringed instruments for sale. Lots of percussion and amazing art work.

Music from small live bands 24 /7 as they say, so exciting. I had a chat with a Tres player in a band. He offered to sell it to me but I declined. Many of the instruments we saw were old and worn or if you like well played in.

The American blockade has stopped most things going in or out of Cuba.


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Subject: RE: Buying an instrument in Cuba?
From: GUEST,eddied
Date: 27 May 08 - 10:34 AM

I have just come back from Cuba. Visited a shop in Bishop Street(main shopping street). Talked about a tres and the guy was very helpful. He didn't have one in stock but could get one in a day or so with notice. It was my last day so I couldn't get a hold of one. There are some on the web but I have no idea of quality. Try http://www.instrumentalsavings.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=PE%2DTRES


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Subject: RE: Buying an instrument in Cuba?
From: GUEST
Date: 27 May 08 - 05:25 PM

LOVELY Progressive People's Paradise just in time for the HURRICAN SEASON.

Bet those tickets were a bargain.

Why not PR or DR or Burmuda instead?

FROM: http://travel.state.gov

Five countries are now designated as state sponsors of terrorism, including North Korea, Cuba, Syria, Sudan, and Iran.

Should a traveler receive a license, a valid passport is required for entry into Cuba. The Cuban government requires that the traveler obtain a visa prior to arrival. Attempts to enter or exit Cuba illegally, or to aid the irregular exit of Cuban nationals or other persons, are contrary to Cuban law and are punishable by stiff jail terms.

The Cuban Air Force shot down two U.S.-registered civilian aircraft in international airspace in 1996.

In May 2007, three Cuban military recruits were arrested after a firefight with Cuban police on the tarmac of Terminal 2 of Jose Martí International Airport. The heavily armed conscripts were attempting to hijack one of the planes at the terminal

In November 2002 and in the first few months of 2003, there were numerous attempts to hijack aircraft and ocean-going vessels, several of which involved the use of weapons. Cuban authorities failed in their efforts to prevent two of these attempts.

Thefts of property from air travelers' baggage have become increasingly common. All travelers should ensure that valuables remain under their personal control at all times, and are never put into checked baggage.

No medical facility in Cuba will accept insurance cards and medical services must be paid for in cash.

If U.S. travelers return from Cuba with Cuban origin goods, such goods, with the exception of informational materials, may be seized at Customs' discretion.

Cuba's Law of Protection of National Independence and the Cuban Economy contains a series of measures aimed at discouraging contact between foreign nationals and Cuban citizens.

HAVE FUN!!!


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Subject: RE: Buying an instrument in Cuba?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 27 May 08 - 06:10 PM

You might be able to get things you'd never thought of - look at the archives for rec.music.early, there is an annual early music festival in Havana. Their instruments have to come from somewhere.


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Subject: RE: Buying an instrument in Cuba?
From: Def Shepard
Date: 27 May 08 - 06:13 PM

Your point being what, GUEST? Trolling, and you are a prime example, maybe considered internet terrorism, so before you stsrt pointing fingers....well you get my drift.


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Subject: RE: Buying an instrument in Cuba?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 28 May 08 - 02:53 AM

I don't think threads on posts on this kind of website is the place to explore the history of Cuba.

In general It's government isn't very good at much and it isn't democratic but it has better health services and education than most of the Americas including the USA. Its Government has a better human rights record than most of the governments supported by the USA.

If anyone wants to understand why a communist style country has survived so long when it is clearly not very good at most things then the history of US involvement with Cuba over 150 years and the blockade since the Revolution are key.


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Subject: RE: Buying an instrument in Cuba?
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 03:27 PM

Restringing the ol instrument?

Rosin de Bow?

In need of a new bridge?

Adam's Apple?

Exploring current events of Cuba?

When a cigar is more than a cigar?

Clearly not very good at most things?

www.sacbee.com/830/story/995429.html


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Subject: RE: Buying an instrument in Cuba?
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Oct 13 - 01:26 PM

Hey guest ever been to cuba? I have... I have travelled the island. Your a moron. Perhaps from the good old USA?


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