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Ideas for busking 'kit'?

Big Ballad Singer 03 Aug 11 - 07:09 PM
Lox 03 Aug 11 - 08:57 PM
mg 03 Aug 11 - 09:05 PM
Crowhugger 03 Aug 11 - 10:44 PM
Big Ballad Singer 03 Aug 11 - 11:21 PM
Crowhugger 04 Aug 11 - 12:09 AM
meself 04 Aug 11 - 12:15 AM
mg 04 Aug 11 - 12:16 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 04 Aug 11 - 12:27 AM
Roger the Skiffler 04 Aug 11 - 04:23 AM
Allan C. 04 Aug 11 - 06:30 AM
Crowhugger 04 Aug 11 - 07:43 AM
GUEST,Russ C 04 Aug 11 - 07:59 AM
Big Ballad Singer 04 Aug 11 - 11:30 AM
Lox 04 Aug 11 - 11:45 AM
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Subject: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Big Ballad Singer
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 07:09 PM

I've cobbled together some "stuff" that I had in storage for a while. I'm getting my street act back together. I may even start working with my old playing partner again.

Anyway, I got a hold of the "kick" drum (bass drum with a foot pedal for those unfamiliar) from a kids' drum set that a friend had laying around. It's actually a decent-sounding kick for what it is. Problem number one is that the foot pedal is NOISY... sounds like a rusty gate. It's not rusted, it's just cheap and squeaky. I will try WD40 and see if that works; otherwise, I have to try and come up with a different foot pedal and see if it will fit.

Now, here's what I have, and what I am thinking of doing with it all:

I have a travel trunk similar to the ones on this page: Example of similar trunk

I'm thinking of mounting the trunk on wheels so it doesn't have to be carried. I'm hoping to find an old baby buggy or something similar, so I can pirate the wheels from it. I want the trunk and wheels and everything to kind of have the old "medicine show" look. Inside, I will have the aforementioned bass drum, my washboard, my spoons, my kazoos, my harmonicas, my uke, and some other odds and ends, like my vintage milk-can tip jar.

On top of the lid of the trunk, I am going to mount some threaded bases for goose-neck microphone stands. These stands will screw onto the bases and will serve to hold my harmonica, kazoo, siren whistle and bulb horn. I am working on modifying some various mic clips so that they will hold the assorted instruments.

(The great thing is that almost every one of these items was purchased at a toy/hobby store or in the "toy" section of a department store, so none of them are those pesky "assets of value" that the county social worker was so interested in! Even the uke was $20 and sold as a kids' instrument. What I don't think the store realized was that this particular uke is solid mahogany! The tuners are junk, but I am hoping to find some geared tuners to replace the plastic friction tuners this uke came with.)

What I am trying to figure out is this: Should I somehow attach the bass drum TO the trunk, maybe cut a hole in the front of the trunk and have the front of the bass drum showing through, or should I just take the drum out and play it from my seated position behind the trunk?

If I attach the drum to the trunk somehow, I will likely have to jerry-rig a foot pedal that is long enough to play from behind the trunk but will still reach to hit the drum with the beater.

I'm also thinking of attaching a limberjack toy to a high-hat cymbal stand (the high-hat or hi-hat is the pair of cymbals that are mounted horizontally, like two pie plates, on a stand. The foot pedal on the stand makes the two cymbals close together or separate.) This sort of stand is very easily adapted to accommodate the limberjack and the board it 'dances' on.

I've practiced at home with the bass drum and I am pretty confident that I can play at least a solid strumming rhythm while singing and playing the bass drum.

FYI, the trunk I have is about 32 X 17 X 12 inches and weighs 25 pounds or so. With the wheels attached, it will be very easy to pull with a rope or by one of its handles.

Anyway, I am going to be doing some old-timey songs, some old country tunes (like Hey, Good Lookin'), some ragtime, some blues (especially Piedmont and jug-band style, with some Delta tunes from time to time) and some "decent, honest, traditional religious numbers for Mama". ;)

Suggestions for songs? There'll certainly be some Jimmie Rodgers, some bluegrass, some Jesse Fuller, some Brownie & Sonny...

what else?

You guys have really inspired me to take a lot more of the near future into my own hands. I can't thank you all enough. While I am scheduling follow-up visits with the eye specialist and with a doctor for dealing with my other issues, I am working on streamlining this busking act so it can be both portable (as much as possible) and profitable.

Looking forward to your suggestions!


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Lox
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 08:57 PM

Well I dunno how to be of help, but as long as you don't have an amp and I mike stand then you have my full support.

Busking has become a lost art - in an effort to compete, many buskers lose themselves custom because people find them ostentatious.

I only ever give to unamplified buskers except in rare cases where it is necessary (classical guitar etc) but only so long as it is done tastefully.

Your show sounds like something I'd love to take my daughter to see and iif she wasn't around I'd go into town to see you myself!


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: mg
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 09:05 PM

I would say your situation sounded quite urgent from previous posts so keep on making plans to make a system that really suits you but in the meantime, I would suggest getting out there with guitar and harmonica only and just keep at it. $20 today is $20 you didn't have before, and hopefully you will make a decent amount.

I would have some flyers and business cards too. mg


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Crowhugger
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 10:44 PM

Your OP contains good ideas to develop but I'm with guest,mg: Get out and perform now. Get started trying different locations at different times to learn the people-traffic patterns and tastes--maybe Blantyre Explosion at one corner and Hey Jude the next.

There IS one notable damper on my own enthusiasm for you using a 25-lb-anything to busk, and that is your hernia. A 2-compartment backpack can fit washboard & uke and smaller stuff, and be light enough not to be a hernia risk--make sure to add an extra-long waist-strap to accommodate your girth, so your hips will take most of the weight.

Maybe there are light-weight ways to evoke the medicine-show era. A balloon-sleeved shirt under a contrasting vest could be one way. Maybe develop the trunk-based medicine show idea to use after your hernia surgery? I know you'll put it on wheels, but what is your "doctor's orders" lifting limit, and who will lift the 40-50 lb wagonful of instruments in and out of the car for you? Up and down the porch steps of the house? Something that's very clear, though: Your enthusiasm to develop your medicine show vision tells me your creativity truly needs an outlet, so honour that need, but preferably while excluding medical risks.(If you live at walking distance from busking locations, cancel that whole issue.)

Setting aside all the trappings, I expect you will be just as entertaining if you wear a pressed shirt and bright-ish yet tasteful tie, tidy dark pants and dress shoes. In other words, be well groomed with a non-threatening, middle-of-the-road style. Then your music will speak. If you sing the song-stories from your heart and reasonably in tune and look your audience in the eye, people will respond.


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Big Ballad Singer
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 11:21 PM

Thanks, everyone. Please bear in mind (I didn't make it clear enough, I guess) that all of these things really are ready to go. I was really looking more for tips on setup, or customization. I guess my OP made this all sound hypothetical rather than pretty much gig-ready now.

There are a few aesthetic touches I could make, but ultimately when I bought a lot of these odd instruments, I made sure that I got things that my kids would enjoy playing but that would be worth the purchase. Hence, my kazoos are US made and unbreakable, the aforementioned uke is actually not half bad (although it IS a soprano, which is too small for me to do much with except a few 1st position chords).

As far as transporting or lifting the case, my wife is able to help me at home, and my van is very low to the ground, so I could easily boost one end of the trunk onto the back gate at a time. I could also bring along a piece of plywood to serve as a ramp to roll the trunk up and down.

BTW, Crowhugger, you been stalking me? How'd you know I have steps to my porch on my house?!? ;)

Seriously, I can make the entire thing much more portable if, after one or two tries, it's just not easy enough for me. A few days ago I found a cabinet, really a box with three small shelves in it, that has an old Columbia Washboard on hinges for a door. (It's different from the stand-alone washboard I also have). This little cabinet can hold my kazoos, spoons, harmonicas, noisemakers, business cards and more.

I could have my guitar on my back, my uke in one hand and the washboard/box in the other. I plan on adding latches (instead of the door-type hinges) to keep the washboard/door closed, because I want the washboard to be able to completely separate from the back part. I'm also adding a luggage handle to one side to make it almost like a little suitcase.

I've already got my bowler hat and my colorful braces (Americans call them 'suspenders').

I've got to get some hard-soled shoes so I can learn to play and soft-shoe at the same time like John Hartford used to do.

I've got a couple of killer-diller polka-dotted ties... I just need to find a snazzy vest. That gets tough when the tags in your clothing are marked in acres.

By the way, I got contacted by some people who host a TV show in my area... the open-mic program they run is televised regionally (in the greater Princeton and southern New Jersey region). I will be performing on their program in September. I know some people who have parlayed their appearances on that program into some decent gigs elsewhere. Stay tuned!


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Crowhugger
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 12:09 AM

I see; yes it did sound to me more like vision than done in your OP. But hey ready-to-go is good. Now please don't pop a loop of bowel through that gap in your gut muscle! Ramps and leverage rule.

As for a snazzy vest, does your wife sew? Or there's fabric glue and xmas glitter... A vest from Goodwill that's 1 or 2 sizes too small can be snipped and gussetted quite easily--insert a strip at the side seams & centre back. Also shoulder seams, if needed so it hangs properly. Then glue on coloured fabric stripes or stars or circles or triangles or all of the above. Most fabric glues these days are machine washable when set with an iron according to the instructions on the bottle. But if you use glitter stick to hand washing in cool water.


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: meself
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 12:15 AM

"look your audience in the eye"

I don't know - it makes me uncomfortable when a busker - or any other musician for that matter - looks me in the eye, for anything longer than a quick glance.

But then, I'm a bit of an oddball.


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: mg
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 12:16 AM

I would go out the door tomorrow with whatever is convenient and healthy for you to take. That is the main thing. mg


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 12:27 AM

Faster, Faster, pussycat

The Banker's Holiday is almost here.

The cleverest young busker in Coventry Gardens - sat on the traffic curb - and used a giant, plastic, traffic-cone, for the amplifier. A slight tip of the hand sent it back into position where London's Finest had originally place it.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

DUDE - You are talking cerius underground busking HEAR?

Carry NO PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION
Create a one-time, emergency use only (ONE TIME ONLY) e-mail account, with scans of documents and the request for a specific "potter's field.

Carry ONLY the the PASSWORD - on your body - indelible marker under the arm-pit can several last weeks if baths are infrequent. Tatoo is better.

Give an envelope - with the e-mail account name to a friend or family member - with instructions to contact the regional police, if you go missing (no contact) for over 18 weeks. They will be unable to access your personal junk without the password.

The morgue/coroner/police/family will have a record of the password recovered from your body. Combined with the One-Time-Only e-mail address:
1. You will find comforting rest in the field of your choice
2. Your identity will remain anonymous from TAX Collectors
3. Your friends and family will be relieved and proud.


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 04:23 AM

When I was in Victoria, Vancouver Island, I saw a VERY large kit busker called Dave Harris: look him up on Google for photos, I guess he had a panel truck parked nearbye! It must have taken him half an hour to set up! He had a footpedal bass and a custom made foot drum kit as well as several string instruments. His set up may give you some ideas.

Good luck, glad to see you are thinking of positive solutions to your problems.

RtS


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Allan C.
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 06:30 AM

I suspect that Marion would suggest some sort of strap or chain to connect you to your collection container. She had some kid grab it and run when she was busking in Dallas.


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Crowhugger
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 07:43 AM

meself, it's easy enough to mimic eye contact by looking at the bridge of their nose; give a wee smile and nod (unless in the midst of a sad lyric) -- it might make someone's day better. You make a good point, which I didn't elaborate myself: Financially successful buskers learn, among other things, to size up in a flash which public wants eye contact and which doesn't [or is it "don't?" Grammarians please help!].

BBS, how experienced a busker are you?


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: GUEST,Russ C
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 07:59 AM

Well in terms of sonic (yes I work in a studio) you don't really need the full depth of the bass drum, in fact also any diameter drum can make a deep sound if it is tuned down enough. The volume of this sound is the issue and the harmonics that you are getting. I have seen a guy in my town using roto-toms as a full kit, the lowest tuned as a kick/bass drum wa only about 8" diameter.

Have a look at:

http://www.footdrums.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage-ask.tpl&product_id=8&category_id=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=6

for some more inspiration, they have a (very expensive) foot drum kit. Which looks great.


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Big Ballad Singer
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 11:30 AM

The bass drum I have is actually the size of a small tom in diameter, but is only slightly deeper than a full-size snare.

OK, here's a question, people... if I DON'T have the trunk to mount my mic stands on (to hold the kazoo, harmonica, siren whistle, etc), then how do I incorporate them into my act? A neck harness just doesn't work for me. I've got a BIG neck and the part where the instrument sits is either RIGHT in my face, or I have to angle it away and then can't get at it easily to play.

I need to get creative, because I want to include as many of these silly ragtime/jug band/goofy instruments as I can, but they are all hands-free instruments by necessity for me, since I will be playing either guitar or uke while I play these other things.

Help me... ;)


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Lox
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 11:45 AM

A useful theatrical tip is to sing at or deliver your patter to various fixed points in the distance, so that it looks to the casual watcher as if you really are engaging with different people - yet you get to keep your concentration and noone in the crowd feels they are being singled out.

This works in the theatre too ...


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 11:55 AM

You could pass out the rhythm instruments to kids who would love to play along.

Remember the mroe stuff you have and the more volume you produce and the more space you take up the more likely you are to be asked to move it somewhere else. mg


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Lox
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 12:34 PM

its tricky - but generally if you engage nicely with the public, expecially with the kids, you are more tolerated.

I have always found that what mg avoids is the best way for me to make cash .,..

I make myself known, I talk to people, I crack jokes (all rehearsed/practised) and make sure I can't be ignored.

Jokes should always be about money

"kids, if your parents don't give you a dollar to put in, t means they don't love you ....

... ok - its not true ....

.... it means they aren't your real parents ..."

etc


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Big Ballad Singer
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 12:56 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions... I've mentioned that I've done quite a bit of busking before, haven't I? I used to play on the street in a major college town near me.

What I'm looking for are suggestions about how to incorporate the instruments I have into something that is not only portable but interesting/clever/eye-catching as well.


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: ClaireBear
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 01:01 PM

May I just say, it is delightful to see your outlook shift from powerless to empowered. Wow! Good on ya!

OK, longtime ago, I used to be a theaster costumer. So a few ideas.

I've seen a one=man band guy who has a washboard affixed firmly to his chest (with an accordian harness-type thing) and mounts his harmonica, bicycle horn, kazoo, and other noisemaking objects on top of it, within easy reach of his mouth. I'm not sure if it would be possible to play guitar with such a thing on, though. A Cajun rub-board (frottoir) -- a kind of washboard without the frame that curves over your shoulders like a backless vest -- would be easier to work with, though more of a challenge to mount instruments on. And you'd have to take apart a washboard to make one, which you probably don't want to do.

It seems to me I've seen another OMB who has all his mouth gizmos mounted on a wire "wheel" that spins around vertically in front of his face. It's attached to an axle that (I think) protrudes from his hat. You could, though, accomplish the same thing with a bicycle wheel mounted horizontally on top of, say, a broomstick at whose other end was a big suction cup (toilet plunger?) that you could stick to the trunk, assuming it's a smooth-surface trunk. And if it isn't, you could always glue/tack a sheet of tin to it. Handy for percussion, too, maybe.

The Brittania Coco-Nut Dancers of Bacup (a morris-like group) strap half-coconut shells to various parts of their bodies (knees, hands, upper arms, belt buckles...), which they then clap together for percussive purposes. I think, in your case, knees might work...

Best of luck! I love the limberjack/hi-hat combo idea, by the way.

Cheers,
Claire


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: GUEST,livelylass
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 01:02 PM

Get a cute little doggy. Put a spotted hanky round his neck too, and an empty bowl in front of him.. Not what you're probably after mind you.


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: ClaireBear
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 01:16 PM

By the way, you'll find a lot of one-man-band videos on the OMB page of www.ManyThings.org (scroll down for links). This documentary about Dave Harris, for instance, is amazing. Check out his foldella!

Claire again


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Darowyn
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 01:31 PM

Re your squeaky kick drum pedal, you need to know that WD40 is great for freeing up seized items that should move, but it's rubbish as an actual lubricant.
I have seen test results in a boating mag that showed that applying WD40 to rigging adjusters on a sailing boat actually increased the friction.
Use either white grease on your pedal, or a household lubricating oil, or a smear of Vaseline or even olive or castor oil! A spray of chainsaw oil or chain oil for a bike is good too - whichever you've got.
WD40 will let you down and the squeak will be back in a short time.
Cheers
Dave


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Crowhugger
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 02:43 PM

With or without the washboard, Clairebear is steering you correctly with the harness idea. Something like:

Picture a belt at above-waist level, now add wide-ish strips over each shoulder in the manner of suspenders (but non-elastic). Next, add another belt at hip level, connected to the first one by several vertical strips (I'd try 6: 2 front, 2 back, 1 at each side-seam). The two front strips each have built into them the equivalent of an extra long pen-pocket. Think of the skinny, 1-pen type of slot you see in briefcases, or at one side of some shirt pockets, but longer. Into these pockets you can slide an upside-down U-shaped frame that has clamps for harmonica et al.

Use sheet foam or packed layers of quilt batting on the pen-pockets to protect both your guitar and yourself. Line the bottom of these pockets with heavy leather or canvas scraps, or some kind of reinforcement. Make the harness fit snugly enough that the U-frame won't wobble too much. A 3rd vertical might be appropriate to help resolve this, or a cross-brace in the U-frame.

I'd use scrap fabric and safety pins to rough out such a harness, then when all is figured out, use it for a pattern when making the real thing out of old belts, lawn-chair webbing, whatever I could find. (Line anything plastic or nylon with terrycloth to allow air circulation.) Finalize the distance between the two belts such that the "pen-pockets" are long enough to give good support to the U-frameShape the verticals of the U-frame so that the blown stuff when clamped on is the right distance from your mouth.

I picture the U-frame might be made of the kind of metal that is used for sleeve-type election signs to slid over them. Maybe it would be too thick or heavy, but maybe not.

Anyway that's what I'd try. If I had a kidney-belt like they use at the local Staples, I'd look at that, maybe even use it.


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Lox
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 03:05 PM

How about this ...

The bass in inside a box with a hinged lid ...

... In fact, it is attached to the lid ...

... When you set up, you put the box on its side with the hinges on the ground, and you open the lid outwards and down, until it rests on the ground. with the bass drum and pedal attached and ready ...

... you then sit on the box and bang away, until you've finished, at which point you simply fold the drum back into the box by closing the lid back up ...

the box can also contain any other bits and bobs you might need ...

... any use?


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Lox
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 03:07 PM

of course it would have to be a small drum ... something more like a mid tom ... but I've seen them used as basses with a pedal attached ...


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Big Ballad Singer
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 03:10 PM

Lox... maybe. Thanks for the suggestion. I don't know how the bass drum would fit into a more portable box. The trunk I have is just too big; while it's a light-enough box when empty, all of the instruments and the drum would make it rather unwieldy.

I've thought about the harness thing before... I know there's got to be a solution that's both practical and eye-catching.

I want the eventual winning idea to be one that, at the VERY least, makes passerby stop and stare and think "what the hell...".

After that, I'll take care of the rest. I've been a blues shouter and country-sanger for a long time. :)


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 04:11 PM

Okay, so you beautify (I use the word loosely ;-)) a harness with turquoise-and-gold-sequinned trim. Or something...

It might be a whole lot easier than a harness simply to make yourself a neck thingy that fits you properly. I did fine with wire coat hangers many years ago when I made one to hold my kazoo. I don't weld so I used cotton string soaked in white glue to make joints. IIRC an elastic band attached the kazoo nicely to its mounting, with another elastic band over the mounting first to ensure no buzzing from kazoo vibrating against coat hanger. I crocheted over the whole frame to make it look uniform and tidy. Quite serviceable, although not collapsible.


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Lox
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 07:10 PM

Yeah man!

The 'stop and stare' factor comes from paint in primary colours!

I love your enterprise.

Proper auhentic family street entertainment.

Learn a few simple conjuring tricks ... ideally ones that produce lolly-pops from behind kids ears ...

God bless him and all who sail on him!


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Lox
Date: 05 Aug 11 - 08:08 PM

The trunk is on wheels and has a trolley handle like one of those "apprentice" suitcases that executives bring to work.

You wheel you colourful trunk it to your desired spot - ideally the wheels are big and theatrical ...

... you open it up like a victorian bureau, and sit on the top, banging the pre atteched bass and pedal with your foot, whilst reaching in to your mystical box of tricks to pull out whatever bits and bobs you feel like ...

... the guitar will of course have to go on your back ...


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Lox
Date: 05 Aug 11 - 08:10 PM

sorry - in my enthusiasm I was careless with my words ...

... you wheel *your* colourful colourful - trunk to your desired spot ... etc


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Big Ballad Singer
Date: 05 Aug 11 - 10:08 PM

No, sitting on top won't work... it wouldn't hold me. I'm rather, shall we say... jolly? Fluffy?

I am trying to find an old baby buggy that I can cannibalize for the wheels.

Keep the ideas coming... I am going out with my harmonicas and my old playing partner this weekend. Might get him to bring his videocamera and record us.


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Lox
Date: 06 Aug 11 - 08:27 AM

well I should perhaps have taken note of the "big" in "big ballad singer" ...

I had held out hope that maybe you merely sang big ballads.

... or perhaps its your big ballads that prevent you from sitting comfortably ...



hmmmm



a cheap kids bike or a two wheel shopping trolley/bag could be as useful as a pram ...


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Big Ballad Singer
Date: 06 Aug 11 - 10:32 AM

No, Lox, I don't sing big ballads... I sing ballads BIG.

For the sake of propriety and decency (as if I really had any), I'm NOT commenting on the second observation you made. ;)

I may just go with a smaller box for everything. I will still be able to attach the mic stands, but the entire thing will be smaller and easier to manage.

More great, awesome news should be on its way mid-week.


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: GUEST,livelylass
Date: 06 Aug 11 - 10:47 AM

Have you considered including a jig doll or three as a part of your show? Traditional folk family fun. Some are beautifully painted up in all kinds of characters, including Bre'r Fox type characters in waistcoats and trousers. If you are crafty or know someone else who is, they shouldn't be too difficult to make up:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WOOD-LIMBERJACK-PERCUSSION-FOLK-JIG-DOLL-PUPPET-TOY-/290594637340?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43a8c


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Big Ballad Singer
Date: 06 Aug 11 - 10:53 AM

LivelyLass,

I mentioned that early on in the thread. I want to put a limberjack on a hi-hat cymbal stand so I can work the pedal as I play. Will especially go over well with the kids, I think.

Great minds (or at least your great mind and my lucky-guessing one) think alike!


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 06 Aug 11 - 11:15 AM

Great...take whateverever you have available at this very moment and get out there..right this very minute. mg


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: GUEST,livelylass
Date: 06 Aug 11 - 11:15 AM

'I mentioned that early on in the thread. I want to put a limberjack on a hi-hat cymbal stand"

Aha, you see I searched for an example of a "jig doll" not a limberjack - didn't know they were also called "limberjack" till a minute ago! Probably why it didn't register.


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Big Ballad Singer
Date: 06 Aug 11 - 11:28 AM

See, now, I'd never heard of them being called a "jig doll" before!

I definitely want one to add to the mix, though... but since I'm in the US, I will have to shop here. ;)


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Crowhugger
Date: 06 Aug 11 - 01:41 PM

Aside: Uunder the heading better late than never, I just realized that yesterday I posted after my cookie crumbled. This post:
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 04:11 PM...Okay, so you beautify
was me.


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: Big Ballad Singer
Date: 06 Aug 11 - 01:54 PM

Crowhuger, I am APPALLED at you! Posting such things after losing your cookie so I didn't know who to kowtow in front of (digitally speaking)!

;)

Thanks... I actually pride myself on making do with found objects and oddities as opposed to store-boughten goods. Makes me look that much more stare-at-able.

Going out this weekend... will post update soon.


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Subject: RE: Ideas for busking 'kit'?
From: GUEST,livelylass
Date: 06 Aug 11 - 02:04 PM

Do! A vid would also be nice, as well as a form of advertising even.
As someone said above, it's really pleasing to hear a more positive vibe. Have fun and don't forget to rig up a colourful umbrella or similar if it's super hot out there..


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