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Subject: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 07:53 PM

Well folks, I started playing guitar 65 years ago, and I stopped today. Age and arthritis in every joint makes playing guitar and Mandola too painful. It is with a heavy heart that I now offer my Taylor 810 and my octave mandolin for sale.
The Taylor is a 1982, one of the best guitars I have ever played. Dave Mallett played it and remarked, "That is one kick ass guitar." Asking $600.00 firm
The mandola, like new, $200.00.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 08:02 PM

Aw, dammit! I hate it when this happens, Kendall. I'm starting to have Arty Ritis come visiting as well.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 08:13 PM

It's been a problem for years, and now it seems to be speeding up.
First, my voice, then my hearing, now my arthritis. What next? DANDRUFF?


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 08:17 PM

That's a bummer. I do see that there appears to be fresh progress on maybe curing arthritis, so maybe keep the instruments just in case.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Bert
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 08:20 PM

Try a hurdy gurdy.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 08:20 PM

Well I had to stop playing the harmonica in public last year due to advancing deafness. But don't be too downhearted. The decision to stop was hard, but I actually found it to be a blessed relief in the end because I'd struggled on unhappily for a long time before facing up to the reality. I'm quite happy tootling away at home and having a good barney with anyone who'll take me on, and I've just listened to a late Beethoven quartet.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Ebbie
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 08:21 PM

Oh no, not dandruff!

Have you thought of switching your instruments to slide? That's what I tell myself I'll do.

I'm with RB- if you don't actually need the money, keep the instruments just in case.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 08:27 PM

I need the room more than the money. My house is so small, the front door and the back door both use the same hinges.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Janie
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 09:05 PM

Only you can decide what you can live with or live without. But no stringed instrument at all? If slide guitar is not your thing what about a guitar with easier action on which you can still play some rhythm guitar? Might not be your thing - just sayin'.

Whether you decide to quit playing guitar or not, you are not finished, my Darlin'. You are still KENDALL!!!!!! until your last breath. Certainly to me, and I feel pretty certain more people than you are willing to believe feel the same. The music is how we got to know you. Not why we love you.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Ebbie
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 09:35 PM

(I'm picturing your house.) What Janie said.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: maeve
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 09:40 PM

Jigs, Kendall. Don't scare me like that!

As one who is your friend for a wicked long time and has been in your charming house, I suggest you think about this decision for a while... let it turn over in your mind for a few weeks at least, with or without the added delights of dandruff.

Also, what Janie said.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Amos
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 09:48 PM

Awq, Skipper, I think you gotta keep a guitar to hand for your good days! I just got my Taylor out of respect for your affection for that instrument. Don't be selling it off! Ya can't tell--the arthritis thing may be temporary.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Bugsy
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 09:53 PM

Before you give up completely mate, have you tried some open tunings? Open D for instance? it's a lot easier on the fingers than standard tuning.

Just a thought.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 10:08 PM

The pain is in my wrists. I've tried an open G, but they all need some wrist movement. I will still have my old J-45 Gibson, 1954 that Mallett gets when I snuff it.
I sure do appreciate your interest folks. Didn't mean to mislead you, Maeve, I should have added...as a guitar picker.
I gave away my 100 year old fiddle a couple of years ago. The position 0f my left wrist was torture.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Acme
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 10:13 PM

You played your guitar and other instruments a long longer than my father did. Due to arthritis he stopped playing guitar altogether in his late 60s and sang unaccompanied or with another player after that. It is sad, but I think it was also kind of liberating.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: maeve
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 10:45 PM

Kendall's guitar playing is important to him. His beautiful singing is now only in our hearts and on his recordings. He and Jacqui have made a good team with Jacqui singing and Kendall doing recitations and guitar accompaniment. It's a mighty hard thing to face, giving up guitar in those circumstances.

Kendall, just mull it over, please? You may find other ways to use the guitar that don't require you to play like you once did. You may find a physical therapist can help those wrists.

Do as you must- just give yourself time to think it through.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: Kendall is not finished
From: maeve
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 10:47 PM

Just had to change that subject even for only one post. :D


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 01 Dec 15 - 11:02 PM

A smaller-bodied, narrower necked guitar, perhaps? What a wicked pissah, cap'n.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Amos
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 01:19 AM

Play slide with yer toes, maybe?


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 03:03 AM

So sorry to hear that Kendal.
I am privileged to have heard you play in your prime.
keith.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Acme
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 06:56 AM

I daresay that giving up the instrument is difficult for any performer. It was equally important to my father. But he wasn't finished sharing music simply because he couldn't play the guitar.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is not finished
From: maeve
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 07:28 AM

Still thinking...
Kendall-who-is-NOT-finished,and others facing such a painful decision-

One big reason people with arthritis are encouraged to continue playing an instrument, knitting, crocheting, carving, kneading bread dough...anything that allows you to use your hands and wrists is that such activities tend to help maintain and improve both mobility and strength, thereby reducing overall pain.

You might want to look into:
*Use of heat and arnica gel to increase mobility before/after playing
*Warm-up exercises aimed specifically at the arthritis
*Strengthening and stretching exercises
*Wearing elastic "sleeves"/fingerless gloves made to hold body heat around the painful wrist/hand areas.
*Work with someone (like Ron Pinkham at Woodsound) to find
      technique changes for better use of your available mobility
*Appropriate wrist braces, usually used at night
*Trying different instruments and different techniques
      (smaller, lower action, electric, mountain dulcimer,
      open tuning simple less stressful chords, etc.)
*Working with an arthritis specialist who also understands
      the needs of musicians.

If leaving guitar playing behind is your preferred choice, fair enough- yet do please find other ways to strengthen and use your hands and wrists.

Just one of many who care,
Maeve


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Mr Red
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 07:59 AM

time for writing songs, maybe you need a collaborator for the music but it keeps you in the loop.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Continuity Jones
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 08:03 AM

I have osteoarthritis and at the moment am successfully keeping it at bay with Glucosamine, Omega 3 and Cider Vinegar. It means I can carry on playing guitar plus other added bonuses - turning keys, doing up buttons....

I'm sure you'd've tried these, but they work for me, very noticeably.

Cider Vinegar sounds absurd, but Google it.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 09:04 AM

Jacqui has a smaller guitar that Nick Apollonio built for her. It is much more friendly than the Gibson or the Taylor. I find that using a capo at the 4th or 5th fret helps to ease the wrist pain.

I now have sharp burning pain in the muscles of my wrists. Is there no end?


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Airymouse
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 09:17 AM

I've got to admit that my observations are along the lines of if life gives you lemons make limoncello. But I heard you sing and tell stories at the FSGW Getaway and my impression is that part of the charm of your singing and storytelling is that you are unfinished. Your audience understands that there is more to come. I know I will return to the getaway with that expectation. There is an uncomfortable truth about traditional music: much of it was sung unaccompanied. I've heard Hortie Barker accompany himself on the piano, but I don't think he ever did this in public. Rick Ward plays the fretless banjo but he sings "Jobal Hunter" unaccompanied. Cecil Sharp heard only one singer in the Southern Appalachians sing with a musical instrument, a woman in Charlottesville VA. (And Sharp connived at the location. He must have known that Charlottesville is in the Piedmont.) What's more there is a tradition of embedding songs in a story and I think you are well suited to give that a try. So I'm hoping that next fall I will hear stories from you in which there are songs.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 09:34 AM

I am sorry to hear that Kendall. I have arthritis on the fingers of my left hand and find playing painful at times. I often have a tennis ball in that hand and always flex my fingers with it when I am out walking or sitting reading, it doesn't cure it , but it help with flexibility.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 09:43 AM

Finished? Never! Lots of good advice on this thread. A dear friend of mine lamented that he couldn't contribute to folk music when it became too painful to play his guitar. I suggested he sing unaccompanied, which he did. He now runs one of the best folk sessions in these parts. And he picked up a guitar the other day!

Fat lady, what fat lady?

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 09:50 AM

My Uncle Gene was addicted to his pipe. He'd smoke it everywhere, even during his work as a night soil excavation engineer, or maybe especially then. During sleep. While drinking beer (he used a straw for the beer). Duck hunting. Everywhere.

And then, one day, he heard a saxophone being played and fell in love with that deep, sexy sax sound.

Using all of his savings he rushed out and bought himself a custom-made saxophone. Tempered steel, just like my Uncle, and covered with a covering of gilt a quarter of an inch thick that was made from gold bars he'd found on an abandoned train back in Wyoming (that was his story). A reed crafted from the finest, thinnest hornbeam. Mutes (a gift from his mother) of the best cork from Portugal.

But my Uncle still wanted his pipe. He tried everything, but after a day and a half of constant sax he knew that while he loved his sax his love for his pipe (and certain visits by the local police) told him that he couldn't have both. And so, with great sadness and after no little drain on his gold supply, he put sax out of his life.

Oh, it was still there, mounted like a moosehead on the wall. Oft he would look at it and sigh and dream of the Life Left Behind, of his now-quashed dream of being a one-man band with his pipe and his sax, rich and famous.

But as he told me in later years, waving your pipe and bag around while having sax in public is not the best path for a young man to pursue if he wants to stay out of jail.

I don't remember what point I was going to make, but it's a good story and oh! so true. I can even show you the type of sax he used to have.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Mrrzy
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 10:04 AM

Oh, Kendall, what a difficult decision!


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: SINSULL
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 12:14 PM

I will buy it, Captain. It will be in my sun room whenever you are ready to play it again. Frankly, it would break my heart to see it leave Maine. Cash in hand this weekend.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,Paul Clarke
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 12:17 PM

One form of arthritis (don't know which type, I'm afraid) is an infection and can be eased by eating black cherries, which contain a natural anti-biotic. 7 a day, best fresh, or frozen (hard to get, but maybe easier now stores offer wider selections). I gather tinned ones are over-processed so don't do the business. Long shot, but worth a try.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 12:22 PM

Kendall, did it hurt to type the OP?

If not, try mountain dulcimer - a very easy instrument to play. I like to put mine on a table and play it, since a lap absorbs so much sound. If the dulcimer is set up right, there should be almost no pressure in the fingers, and you keep your wrists level (like a good pianist) so you don't flex your wrists and ask for carpal tunnel problems.

You may not wish to play it with your act, but for solace at home - why not?


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: SINSULL
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 01:04 PM

Or...if room is the issue, I have a spare bedroom always locked against the kitties at your disposal.
Night splints have been my salvation. Sour cherry juice and turmuric. Glucosamine Condroiten (sp?) did nothing for me.

You have had a lot of loss in your life recently. Don't discount depression related aches and pains. Would a Hummer improve your outlook? I'm buying...


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 01:16 PM

Oh, and on that mountain dulcimer - use a thumbpick, not a triangular pick. The thumbpick is easier on the hands.

Wait till you get over the sadness of losing the guitar and give it a try. It can't hurt to try.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 02:11 PM

Sinsull, there are two kinds of "Hummers". which one do you mean? LOL


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 02:29 PM

Seriously, you folks are priceless. your concern and support have really boosted my mood.
As far as singing goes, that is out of the question. Without vocal cords it is impossible.
I don't know if I have ever admitted this here but the fact is, I have never thought of myself as a singer, or a guitarist. I've always thought of myself as a story teller and humorist. Neither of those require a singing voice or pain free hands.
That being said, what the hell am I weeping about? I'm a published author, (two books,the new one is selling like pardons in a prison) a Grammy award nominee, (Thanks to Dan Schatz). I've spread Maine humor all over the USA and even to Scotland and England. I'm famous among those who know me.:-)and most of the people I know like me.

Losing my singing voice is the most cruel cut of all, but, with the help of great friends I survived it. I will beat this too 'cause I'm tougher than tripe, and a Taurus to boot.
Iron is tempered by fire and mankind by adversity.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 05:09 PM

There's always the kazoo (I'll get me coat)
RtS


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 05:24 PM

Kendall, I'd a whole lot rather hear that you're hanging it up! On the wall. As the house guitar.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,Olddude
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 06:34 PM

Oh no you don't my old friend, we will not let you. Do you want us picketing outside your house.
Dan


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 07:59 PM

In response to a large number of friends protests, I am going to remove the guitar from the auction, at least for the time being. I acted in haste out of despair. To consider selling a guitar that is insured for $1500 so cheap is just crazy..


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 08:01 PM

There's always a way...

The 2015 reissue of the legendary vintage Danelectro Convertible 'acoustic' guitar.

Very slim and comfortable light gauge strung fingerboard/neck.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO3eUj5Ixls


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 08:22 PM

Thanks for the tip. for me to pick up an electric guitar after all these years of avoiding them; you can't imaging the static I would get from folkie friends.
It would be like giving me Viagra ; like putting a new flag pole on a condemned building.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 08:24 PM

Looks like my sense of humor is coming back. "Humor is the opiate of the melancholic." (Me)


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 08:34 PM

Honest it's an acoustic - Mr Danelectro salesman says so...

The original models were purely thinline acoustics; the pickup was an aftersales optional extra...

and anyhow.. electricity didn't do Dylan any harm...

50 years of plugging in and he's a dapper sprightly mischievous old enigma...

If that's down to amplification or viagra.. well it's nice to know there's a choice is available as I approach my 60s... 😜


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 08:45 PM

"It would be like giving me Viagra ; like putting a new flag pole on a condemned building."

Jaysus but I'd never heard that one. I'll keep it from the missus if you don't mind... :-)


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 09:15 PM

Kendall, I'll buy that guitar OR the banjo...IF and only if they stay at your place. Playing trumpet (God's Only Instrument) I really don't need either of them (we already have one guitar around here and Ye Olde Familye Banjo is at my brother's place).

Give me a firm price and the check will be in the mail right away -- or I'll arrange a cash transfer if you don't trust my check (some don't).

When they've collected too much dust for you to tolerate you can drop them off with Sinsull.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Ebbie
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 11:32 PM

Just in case, a few years ago I found a remedy that takes away the pain from my wrists and knees. I don't usually like medicine and I never advertise panaceas but just in case you want to give it a try, Kendall, I use 'Premium Pain Spray'. When pain won't let me relax enough to sleep I get out of bed and spray the knee or the wrist - or both - and within four or five minutes most of the pain is gone.

I order them online: 3 bottles for $30.00. Apparently the only active ingredient is menthol. Oh, and as soon as the skin dries, the pungent smell is gone. I always keep it on hand.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: maeve
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 06:02 AM

Lots of ideas and friends are here for you, Kendall, so think it all over and figure out what you need. Then please let us know how we can support your efforts in productive ways.
Maeve


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Hrothgar
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 07:28 AM

Arthritis in a Maine winter, Kendall?

Time to move to Florida.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Acme
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 08:18 AM

If Don Firth were alive he would have jumped in with information about any number of smaller but good sounding guitars he has tried over the years. Because he was mostly in a wheel chair, he tended to keep the instrument lighter and smaller to be held (and played) more easily.

Travel Guitars: Advice Needed

Travel/Backpack guitars: advice needed

Small Guitars?

I linked to the top of each thread, and though Don participated in each one, all of the remarks will probably be useful.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 08:43 AM

Rapparee, there is an Irish song, "the Gallant Rapparree". His name, Redmond O'Hanlon.
I don't know what to make of your offer; it is way beyond generous.

I need time to process what is going on, and I can't thank you enough.
By the by, you are the second one with this kind of offer on the Taylor.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,Olddude
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 09:25 AM

I will talk to my doctor son in law, he gave me some natural cream that worked great for arthritis. I will get you some


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 10:27 AM

Kendall, the man said, "It ain't over 'till it's over." We have both have seen wondrous things happen in our lifetimes. Neither you nor I can tell when there will be an effective treatment for arthritis or anything else, and "selling your saddle" too final for a young fella like you. Besides, from using a bottleneck slide to Zanger guitars, there are solutions.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,crazy little woman
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 11:09 AM

Do you play with a flat, triangular pick? They are hard on the hands. Have you tried playing without one?


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: MikeL2
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 11:19 AM

Hi Kendal

Sorry to hear that you have been forced to cease playing.

I also suffer from arthritis and had to stop.

I bought an electronic keyboard and practiced on it most days. Took a bit of getting used to ( I played piano and keyboards years ago ).
Because of the arthritis I have to "fudge" around some but I gradually got some movement back.

When I read your message I got out my guitar and find I can play it again. Not as well as I used to but much better than a couple of years ago when I was forced to stop. For instance I can't plat barred full chords but I can get around that But my finger-picking hand has improved with using the keyboard to an extent where I have about 75% of what I had.

I Hope you can find some way to play again if not guitar something else. You are too good and we will miss your music.

Regards

Mike


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Felipa
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 12:14 PM

I didnt read all the thread. Has anyone suggested learning hammer dulcimer?

maybe basic autoharp?


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Brian Peters
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 12:41 PM

What a warm thread! Sorry to hear about the problems, but glad your original decision has been reversed. The flagpole joke was a good one, too! Best wishes, Brian


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 02:33 PM

Dan, I have used a product called Voltarin gel, but it is not effective.
Many years ago I built a mountain dulcimer, but didn't get very far with that. I also had an auto harp.
Picks, I use a flat pick that was one of Rick Fieldings, I started on a thumb pick,I also play without a pick.

In its day, the model T Ford was a great machine to give us an advantage over time and distance, but even the restored ones now are next to useless except as a relic from the past. I'm sure you get the similarity.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,Olddude
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 02:51 PM

Well my dear friend, I will get you some moonshine. Nothing hurts after a glass and it makes ya wanna play all night


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 02:58 PM

You folks don't know how much I appreciate your tips and suggestions. Maybe, in time, I will adjust to this loss. Reality will set in.
I never was a threat to Segovia anyway.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 03:44 PM

Sooooooooooooooooooooo, I don't get the Taylor?
LOL
I knew it would never happen.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,Olddude
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 04:26 PM

And pick up your banjo my dear friend, a lot less stress on your wrist and you can play that thing better than I ever could


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 04:35 PM

Times like this I really miss Spaw. He'd probably tell you to take up the Gordon Bok fan.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 07:43 PM

Sinsull, I didn't think you were serious


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 09:33 PM

Sin, I'm only taking a thought break. It could still happen.
"And enterprises of great pith and moment become sicklied over with the
pale cast of thought, and lose the name of action." (Hamlet)


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Deckman
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 09:48 PM

Kendall ... as we age, and we're doing that every day, some of our body skills diminish. That's the nature of the beast! My precious father, a lifetime carpenter, lived to 95. As I cared for him and observed his increasing pain and reduced abilities, I marveled at his attitude ... "Growing old ain't for sissies" and ... "Mina raakastaan sinua." (that's Finnish for "I love you".)

Us oldsters have a responsibility to those who follow us (like it or not) to "point the way." As we learned from our fathers just how best to accept the challenges, as well as to challenge the challenges, we are placed in an enviable position of saying something like: "Life's a bitch ... I hurt ... I can no longer do this or that ... but DAMNIT ... I can still do this I want to show YOU how to enjoy it!

Sent with love and respect ... your friend ... bob(deckman)nelson


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 09:57 PM

I CAN HANDLE THE LOSS OF MY VOCAL CORDS: THAT HAPPENED LONG


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 10:00 PM

Mud-cat OS OUT TO LUNCH again


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 10:01 PM

Or, it could be the scotch.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,Olddude
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 10:28 PM

Single malt only Kendall


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Dec 15 - 10:28 PM

Surely, Kendall, you mean Scotch broth or Scotch shortbread cookies. I am completely certain that you would never indulge in Scotland's challenge to Demon Rum. The people at 714 Congress Street in Portland can take credit for much and I am certain that you join them in their endeavors.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 04 Dec 15 - 09:40 AM

In Scotland, whiskey IS Scotch.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Leadfingers
Date: 04 Dec 15 - 07:11 PM

I would suggest you only sell if you need the money mate - And I will jave an Aberlour for you now !!


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 04 Dec 15 - 08:17 PM

I've been talked out of selling the Taylor. It is insured for $1500.00, so, no folkie is going to spend that much. I paid $900.00 for it in 1993.

Furthermore, I told Bernie Houlahan years ago that I was leaving it to him when I snuff it. It seems I bought it just before he was able to get back to the store to grab it himself.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 04 Dec 15 - 08:31 PM

By the by, I'm not finished. There's a lot of fight in the old dog yet.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: maeve
Date: 04 Dec 15 - 08:58 PM

That's more like it!
Maeve


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: open mike
Date: 05 Dec 15 - 12:41 AM

Oh, Kendall, I have always wanted to take up the mandola....I play mandolin but would love to make music a bit closer to the bass side than the soprano.....If you are still thinking of finding a new home for that instrument, let me know!! I lost my autoharp (and a celtic harp and accordion and piano) in the fire, or I would offer to send the autoharp to yo in partial trade.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 05 Dec 15 - 02:13 AM

Look into these...they work!

GfS


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Nancy King
Date: 05 Dec 15 - 02:24 PM

You have a banjo, right? Can you still play that? Lots of folks have found that the banjo, with its softer action, is better for painful fingers and wrists.

But in any case, do hold on to the Taylor. Ya never know...

Hope to see you in February!


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,Celtaddict
Date: 05 Dec 15 - 05:06 PM

Kendall, I have no additional advice. I just want to remind you that your stories, whether in song or whisper, accompanied or unaccompanied, written or spoken, are wonderful, and you are loved.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Dec 15 - 08:49 PM

Kendall-

I'm sure you've checked this out but are you really afflicted with arthritis or tendonitis? Tendonitis can be often cured with simple surgery.

Charlie Ipcar


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: JudyB
Date: 05 Dec 15 - 09:06 PM

Kendall, my friend - I've never played guitar even a fraction as well as you - but I have had arthritis for almost 50 years (sometimes awful, mostly hidden and only coming out if I overdo things) - and I have found that gloves that support my wrists and thumbs let me play a lot more songs than I could if I didn't use them. I don't need them all the time - and probably wouldn't use them if I was playing in public unless I was already hurting - but they let me practice, and do a bit of singing with Charlie from time to time.

Hugs,
Judy


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Midchuck
Date: 06 Dec 15 - 11:20 AM

Check out playing a guitar with 12 frets to the body rather than the usual 14. This involves less bending of the wrist to play. And a short scale, which puts less tension on the strings. And maybe silk-and-steel or silk-and-bronze strings.

I had to give up dreadnoughts years ago. Being short and well...thickset made the reach hard enough. Those and being old made it impossible. Is Jacqui's guitar any easier for you?

Don't quit until you've tried everything.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: gnu
Date: 06 Dec 15 - 12:15 PM

That really did scare me on accounta that's just the kinda title you'd write if you were on your way out. Then, as I read the whole thread, I went to relief, to sadness and then to hope (if that's the right word) when your spirits lifted and you showed us your toughness with humour and attitude. From sadness to admiration. In a strange way, thanks.

Don't fucking do it again.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: open mike
Date: 06 Dec 15 - 04:24 PM

Kendall...if you want to send me a reply to the mandola issue...i can be reached at veraloe@gotsky.com. Interested in finding out what you think.....


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,Tootler
Date: 06 Dec 15 - 04:49 PM

Try the ukulele.

There's quite a few on the ukulele forum I belong to who have come from guitar, several having had to give up for reasons similar to yours have tried ukulele and found they could manage it because it's so much smaller and lighter. I have the beginnings of arthritis in my wrists but I am able to cope with the ukulele fine.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: gnu
Date: 06 Dec 15 - 08:46 PM

The last person that I heard play my Seagull cutaway was beer when he dropped in on a trip east five years or so ago. Cheap guitar but it hadn't been moved from in front of the fireplace for three years due to arthritis and it was still in perfect tune. He made it sound sweet but I knew that night... I sold it not long after. I sold the mandolin. Arthritis sucks. I went down the vocal cord/smoking route too a while before that... I can still talk without too many problems but singing any more that the last line of a verse among others has been a chore. Amos visited on his way east two years ago and I managed a few beats on the Rhan and a few last lines on some song verses. Alas, I fear that will be the last of it. As far as my three Bodhrans, I will never sell them... NObody will buy them!

Kendall... I had to curtail playing before arthritis struck due to a ganglion. Just days ago, the damn thing burst! I think it was caused by jarring my wrist while scraping ice off my driveway. I haven't tried to play Rhan again yet but??? Ya never know, eh? Hang on to that guitar a while yet.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Dec 15 - 09:08 PM

Kendall, take up the bodhran. You know what Red Green says about if women don't find you attractive they should at least find you handy? Well, you don't really have to know how to play the 'hran but people will at least find you annoying.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: maeve
Date: 06 Dec 15 - 11:17 PM

I saw Kendall and Jacqui tonight. Kendall is fine- crazy like a fox but doing fine.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 06 Dec 15 - 11:44 PM

Kendall, I guess you may have noticed that your supporters on here, are really behind you continuing to play.

As far as tendinitis, as someone mentioned earlier, my doctor turned me onto a little trick that works great...let's say it's your left hand that goes numb, take your right hand, and just put pressure above your elbow, of the left hand...as if you're crossing your arms, press into the nerve of the numb arm. The numbness will magically dissipate. You may have to feel around to find the nerve, but once you do, you'll know it. You can also, easily do it on stage, and nobody will know.....just behind the elbow, on the back side.
I hope others reading this, may benefit from this handy little trick.

Regards...and keep playing...we need more musicians, and less politicians!!

GfS


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 07 Dec 15 - 08:05 PM

My attitude has improved so much! the mudcat gang has been unbelievable. I went from selling all my instruments to buying another one today. A nylon string SAG model 1066A. Plays like butter, beautiful, light, and the balance is to die for. That E minor is beautiful when I hit that 6th string open.

It was an impulse purchase, I hope I haven't plowed up a snake.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Acme
Date: 07 Dec 15 - 11:13 PM

Uh oh - buying more instruments.









He's back! (And no, Jacqui won't send him to the cellar for this!)


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 08 Dec 15 - 11:57 AM

I've been thinking,Kendall.

1. I've been thinking of the book I read (by an M.D.) on repetition stress injuries. The doc specifically mentioned playing with a triangular pick as a cause of injury.

What if your problem is merely soreness or strain caused by using a triangular pick? Rest or treatment might improve it.

You haven't mentioned seeing a specialist. Do you know your problem is arthritis? That it can't be helped?

2. I've been thinking about how I got a cough and cold last May, and it just wouldn't go away. After two months of illness, a big trip motivated me to go to the clinic again, and the clinic nurse packed me off to an M.D.'s office. The M.D. announced, "You know the weather's been rainy for a long time. This is allergies." He prescribed one steroid shot and I was cured.

My point is that we may think we know what's wrong with us, based on "common knowledge," but we can be wrong.

3. I'm glad you are not rushing into things - not ready to stop playing and getting rid of fine instruments right away.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Dec 15 - 12:12 PM

I second that. I sold my fine Italian cello during a arthritis flare up but the arthritis dissipated. The cello is gone but other cellos with reworked fingerboards require half the pressure.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 08 Dec 15 - 09:31 PM

thanks for the input, Leeneia. I have a great doctor who sent me to a specialist, and it IS arthritis. Donuel, I GAVE MY 100 YEAR OLD VIOLIN TO A FRIEND BECAUSE IT WAS JUST TOO PAINFUL TO PLAY. That left hand position was impossible.
Ok, had to give up singing, no choice, hearing in my left ear,joint pain makes playing painful. looks like I need to adjust. Maybe I'll take up the bagpipes.

I just got an offer from someone who works with senior citizens for me to come and Talk to them. To discuss humor and that sort of thing. Never thought of myself as a teacher, but, who knows?

I'm reminded of a quote by Shakespeare; (many things do...)
The King who was overthrown and exiled to some God forsaken place. He is examining his situation, and finding the good in it.

"Sweet are the uses of adversity; which, like the Toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in its head. This is our life, exempt from public haunt, we find tongues in trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stone, and good in everything. I would not change it."


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 09 Dec 15 - 11:01 AM

Thank you for reassurance, Kendall.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Mark Clark
Date: 09 Dec 15 - 01:37 PM

Very sorry to see this, Kendall. I do understand. At some point I'll probably face that too. I've only been playing guitar for fifty-five years but my RA is catching up with me. It's manageable now but in another ten years, who knows?


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,skarpi Iceland
Date: 09 Dec 15 - 02:57 PM

Dear friend , hold on to the guitar ....think about if someone who can play come by your house and want to sing and play ...:)
who knows I might pop in one day ..without a guitar ...
all the best Skarpi .....keep it you will always take one or two chords ..if not then let me have it on next Getaway ...
all the best Skarpi


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Crowhugger
Date: 09 Dec 15 - 03:50 PM

A memorable, wonderful week. Glad you've found another option than bagpipes ;-)
Still, I'll go ahead say what I was thinking before I got to your Dec 7 post, Kendall: I only know you through Mudcat, and based on that I think that upon reflection you'll find you've always been a teacher and humorist. Good homes for the instrubabies does help, but I'm sure glad you found a guitar that's much more comfortable to play!!


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 12 Dec 15 - 12:54 PM

Hey, welcome back Skarpi!!

GfS


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 12 Dec 15 - 07:55 PM

Scarpi, I decided to hang onto the Taylor. If you drop in, it will be available for you.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Vashta Nerada
Date: 13 Dec 15 - 12:32 AM

Hahaha! Bagpipes!

Kendall, my father was a folk musician for decades, and I found a lot of folk instruments in his collection that I'm pretty sure he didn't know how to play himself. I think he was simply playing the "good host" and keeping instruments available for performers who might drop in to a Song Circle or hoot without every instrument in their repertoire.

Think about that moment when a guest picks up an instrument and makes beautiful music - it's a wonderful moment for both of you. Good instruments will never be neglected if you have friends who come by who can play them.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Philbert Digby
Date: 13 Dec 15 - 02:35 AM

Kendell,don't sell them!
That's my two penneth worth..sellers regrets are a bitter and heartbreaking thing....


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Dec 15 - 02:14 PM

yeah.. I still pine for the vintage 1960s Vox AC30 I owned for a few months when I was 15 or 16..

I was too young and inexperienced, and easily persuaded to trade it in
for a brand new modern shiny space age HH transistor combo with glowing green panel illumination.... 😢

Since then I've never sold or let go of any musical instruments and equipment.

They'll all have to go one day.. eventually.. but that'll be some one else in the family's problem.....


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: kendall
Date: 17 Dec 15 - 10:23 PM

Things are getting better, a few days ago I bought another guitar. A classical type, thinking the nylon strings would be easier on the hands.
AS THE UNDERTAKER SAID, :REMAINS TO BE SEEN."


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 12:35 AM

Attaboy, Kendall - keep on keepin' on!


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 01:04 AM

I gotta say that I just don't like the title of this thread. Kendall finished? No way!

Kendall, I expect that, one way or another, we will have many good times together in the years to come. You are a hero and a mentor to many of us, Kendall.

And Jacqui thinks you're sexy...

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 12:07 PM

that's the spirit Kedall.. the only thing better than more guitars.. is even more guitars....

Remember.. like it or not.. you are a role model to younger punks like me who are only in our late 50s.... 😜


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: maeve
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 12:32 PM

I did suggest a subject change:

Subject: RE: Kendall is not finished
From: maeve - PM
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 07:28 AM


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Subject: RE: Kendall is finished
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 06:16 PM

Even if/when there is no hope whatsoever of being able to play, a case can still be made for hanging on to an intrument as an old friend. Clive Woolf has been unable to play his since he was "cut down in his prime" (not actually by a stroke as such, but the same result, hemiplegia), but he still has his guitar.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 07:47 PM

looks like I'm the first to post under the new subject!

collectors can't have too many (fill in name of item collected)

in my case, far too many collections to fill in name of items collected

sandra

for Jacqui


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: kendall
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 08:22 PM

I went through a very rough time back there, and I almost gave in and dumped all my instruments out of pique. I had no idea that so many catters were on my side, or were even very aware of who I am. I tell you true, your collective support has been priceless.I thank you all.

I probably will sell the 1927 Vega tubafone. It is a great bluegrass banjo, LOUD. I still have an older Vega open back that is more civilized and better suited to folk music.I will never sell this one. It was given to me by a dear friend who died some years ago. When I go, it goes back to his son where it belongs.
Max, you will never know what you have created. To paraphrase Samuel F.B. Morse when he realized that his telegraph worked, "What hath Max wrought?"


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 08:26 PM

Ah, now that's a much better thread title!
Kendall, every moment with you is a delight. You're going to be with us and having a good time with us for a long, long time.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 08:46 PM

Kendall, as someone coming late to this thread I was both vexed to hear that you were giving up your guitar, and then happy to hear you've changed your mind! If you are really interested in selling the banjo, I may know an interested party. Have any pictures? And how much?


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 08:49 PM

Well, GOOD!

Buy more, Kendall, and Jacqui sort 'em out.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 08:53 PM

Dear Mr. Kendal,

Thank you for hanging tough...you have contributed so much...and you would be greatly missed... not only on Muscat, but especially in your home port with the local..."Maine E Ax."

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

It will be a hard winter...I would bet a ten spot at the "Long Branch" in Greenville for "ice out" May 03, 11:34 a.m.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: Mrrzy
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 10:28 PM

Yay, great solstice news!


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 11:14 PM

I'm so glad to see the change of title, and to hear you've had a change of heart! Hope you enjoy the new guitar!

Kitty
xx


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: open mike
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 12:24 PM

still interested in the mandola....have not heard mention of it....let me know!!


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: maeve
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 12:52 PM

open mike- check your PMs. Take a look at the Auction listing (link at top of this page).


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: open mike
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 01:22 PM

Glad to see you still have an active case of GAS, Ken Doll.... Guitar Acquisition Syndrome....happens to the best of us.....try some
Bean-o!


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: Harmonium Hero
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 01:42 PM

I've been following this thread with interest, as a player of various instruments, and someone who has mild arthritis in the thumbs, which has never got beyond a certain stage - no worse than it was 10 or 15 years ago - but you never know. A couple of people have mentioned cider vinegar. I haven't tried it, but know a clog dancer (English clog, not Appalachian clogging) who had trouble with an arthritic big toe a while back. Tried cider vinegar and swore by it. Hasn't mentioned the toe for a couple of years. Soething that hasn't been mentioned is acupuncture. It is uswed to treat arthritis. It apparently doesn't work for everybody, but does for some. It's used on arthritic dogs, so obviously isn't a placebo - try explaining it to Pooch: "now rhis nice man is going to stick some needles in you, and you'll feel better...". It's non-invasive - no drugs or surgery, so if it does no good, it'll do no harm.
As regards alternative instruments, somebody mentioned hammered dulcimer. I met a lady who had the type of arthritis that deforms the fingers. Hers were all bent over sideways, and pretty well useless, but she could grip things between first fingers and thumbs. She had a small dulcimer, which she could carry under her arm, and was able to play this fine. Just a thought if thingss eventually do get worse. Hope not! Enquire about the acupuncture. As I said, it can't do any harm.
John Kelly (in UK).


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: kendall
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 01:56 PM

Never heard of vinegar for joint pain. It's ironic that I use it for leg cramps and it does help. Can't wait to try it.!

The banjo is being repaired by a top luthier, and although the original value was $2500.00 it has has slipped, it is still worth around $1700.00, (according to the owner of Buckdancers Choice. Shipping is a consideration.That depends on where the buyer is.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 01:56 PM

I'm only in my late 50s....

but if I was ever forced to make a hypothetical choice between loss of the use of a few guitar playing fingers...

or impotency.... ?????


hmmmmmm.... that'a a tough decision.... 😬

That's even worse than "What would you save in a house fire, your family or your guitar !!!???"


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: kendall
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 04:36 PM

When you are my age, you will have no trouble making that decision. :-)


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 04:52 PM

Good on you Kendall, keep on pickin' an' strummin'


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: kendall
Date: 04 Feb 18 - 04:37 PM

Jacqui's guitar is much easier to play than most. To play my Taylor I often use a capo two frets up. that helps.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: kendall
Date: 04 Feb 18 - 04:49 PM

I'm close to finished; voice is almost gone, arthritis in every joint makes playing guitar painful and not like it used to be.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: kendall
Date: 05 Feb 18 - 12:42 PM

One of my few good thyought is that I have had one hell of an interesting life while countless people have struggled in poverty and so many kids dying in childhood.I could write a book on my wonderful life. Come to think of it, I did. Many of you folks have brightened my days, even when I was in the depts. of depression. Thanks so much.
I wont embarrass you by naming you, although, you know who you are. Eh, Max?ooops.


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From: Will Fly
Date: 05 Feb 18 - 01:23 PM

No matter how crap you feel, I'm sure all of us here will root for you, no matter what.

Appalachian dulcimer - dowel in left hand and feather in right hand - might be a less painful alternative to the guitar. Just a thought...

My best,

Will


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: kendall
Date: 05 Feb 18 - 08:37 PM

Dave Mallett was here the other day. What he does with a guitar cant be done. I'm so lucky to have such a friend. I haven't even tried to play my Nick Apollonio 12 string, but he can make it talk.
When he laid it down, I was struck by the thought that came to me. I nearly wept. "The harp that once through Tara's halls its soul of music spread, now hangs as mute on Tara's wall as if that soul had fled, so speaks the pride of former days when glory's thrill is o'er for hearts that once beat high with praise now feels that pulse no more. Now I will weep.
Goodnight all you wonderful friends. you have no clue how important you are to me.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: KT
Date: 06 Feb 18 - 12:18 AM

And yet, when on those dusty strings
My gaze does once more fall
I harken back to days when they and voice did fill the hall
Twixt grief of loss and joy recalled, there gently rests a choice
Oh, let joy win, for all that's been
Oh, yes, I will rejoice!

(And keep on playing on the less achy days, Cap'n! Remember- ebbs and flows.)

And don't worry, I don't intend to write last verses for all of these!


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 06 Feb 18 - 12:18 PM

That 12 of yours is a special box Kendall. I had a go on it long ways back, and loved it. That's probably why I got Nick to make me a 12 string too. I still prefer your one, but don't tell Nick ;)


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: kendall
Date: 07 Feb 18 - 12:31 PM

KT, that is just beautiful thank you.


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Subject: RE: Kendall is NOT finished !!
From: gnu
Date: 08 Feb 18 - 04:04 PM

I got nuthin ta say, 'ceptin' I keep up on this thread. Hope you are doin' okay today, Cap'n.


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