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this is awesome!

http://youtu.be/O6rgkCUstaE

this made me think that we should not complain about our instruments, no matter how cheap they are.

cheers! - ⁰ℨ

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Wow! People are amazing! Where there's a will there's a way. thumbs-up

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These are truly amazing.

I won't complain about my cheap violin anymore.

Thanks for posting, ozmous.

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my $150 viola suddenly looks like a strad.... We should all be grateful for what we have !!

There is no shame in playing twinkle, youre playing Mozart

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Absolutely incredible and what amazes me are the wonderfull sound's.

Doesn't come much better than that.

Thank's for sharing, Keith.  clap

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Barry said
my $150 viola suddenly looks like a strad.... We should all be grateful for what we have !!

Yes, you said it all.

Those reminded me of the years in school of art (photography, 20+yrs ago). My classmates and professors went around craving for my "arsenals" of cameras (35mm Leica's, medium format Hasselblad's, larger format Sinar's, worth of thousands). There was a nice old lab assistant to whom students asked questions and help when none of the professors around. I remembered showed him (with pride, of course) one of my creative piece of art (I though it was, took with expensive camera). He looked at me and simply said: "your picture has just black and white tones only, where is the gray scale graduation? nothing in between huh? If you know how to make an image, a $10.00 plastic disposable camera could express your feeling and emotion". I did not reply but my feeling was hurt. Many years later, when I was a lot further in advance level, thinking about the man opinion, then I realized that he was absolutely right. Creativity and achievement is not really depends on material at hand, most of the times.

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oh my stars....that is so magnificent.   I just have big fat tears of joy watching this and the way that some people can really grab a hold of life and put beauty into it.   Such a huge lesson to me.   Thanks Oz.christmascandle

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Fiddlerman
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I had forgotten about this. Maybe we can make a donation to this orchestra together :-)
Any ideas?

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Perhaps send an email and ask what they need most, then relate that info to us and see if we can all contribute either items or cash to fiddlershop to fullfill their shopping list.

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Fiddlerman said
I had forgotten about this. Maybe we can make a donation to this orchestra together

This is greatthumbs-up

cdennyb said

Perhaps send an email and ask what they need most, then relate that info to us and see if we can all contribute either items or cash to fiddlershop to fullfill their shopping list.

What a great idea, cdennyb.thumbs-up

I think many of us will pitch in. Thanks for your great suggestion.

 

 

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Fiddlerman said
I had forgotten about this. Maybe we can make a donation to this orchestra together :-)
Any ideas?

sounds like a great idea !!

There is no shame in playing twinkle, youre playing Mozart

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Umm.. should someone maybe tell those folks they are playing on "VSOs"?   LOL

 

Seriously though, I have seen some videos of this before and I think it is great.  A good example of ingenuity and determination overcoming even a lack of "proper" instruments.

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Umm.. should someone maybe tell those folks they are playing on "VSOs"?   LOL

 

I don't think so, because they are not shaped a lot like violins.  And those other things certainly are not shaped much like cellos.  

But did you mean "violin-sounding objects"?

Goes to show you it isn't as much the instrument as what you do with it.  They are really good players, aren't they?

My impulse was that somebody should get some money up to buy them some regular luthier tools and a load of spruce and maple.  But I expect that for now they make their point to the peasants a lot better and have more recruiting success by showing off their landfill instruments.

Oz: Thanks for a great post.

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this was posted on facebook :

 

Want to donate a musical instrument?

 

We have received tons of messages from people wanting to donate musical instruments. Thank you very much to all of you!!

 

We have set up an "instruments bank" at our production studios in Phoenix, AZ.

 

It is not a non-profit yet. So, we can't issue "donation" receipts, but we will gladly receive and ship the instruments to Cateura or to similar programs all over the world. (we will have to raise funds for shipping costs later on! but that is another story) For the time being, please send your musical instruments to:

 

The Landfill Harmonic Project

Eureka Productions Inc.

3419 E. University Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85034

There is no shame in playing twinkle, youre playing Mozart

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Thank you Barry,  I'll look into this project.  I usually like to donate violins to local groups but I can more than likely send one their way.

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sometimes maybe I think too much, but heres a thought.  If they received a bunch of donated instruments that would be wonderful, but then what would their claim to fame be, wouldnt they just be another orchestra.

Dont get me wrong, if it was me, I gladly trade in my trash can cello for a real one but it is their inovation that got them noticed.

There is no shame in playing twinkle, youre playing Mozart

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LOL! Just gave my oldy for rent duncecap =/ facepalm

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You have a great point Barry. I got to thinking the exact same thing earlier. By the same token it became a tool to gain instruments which is a good thing. If they love music that much they will certainly appreciate the better and easier to play instruments. They will probably keep the Landfill Philharmonic thing though.

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