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I decided to give my pawn shop cello that I call, “Belle” to my Favorite, Dear, Sweet, Extremely Musically Talented, Niece, Goddaughter, birthday partner (born on my birthday). I am also giving her one of my cello floor stands, rosin, a bow, one of my classical guitars, classical guitar books, the extra strings I did not use, and a really nice banjo.
I was going to sell the two cellos and use the money towards the Jean Pierre Lupot that I am in love with. We decided to give one to my dear niece. You should hear her on the piano. She started with my old upright piano way back when. I will just sell Monte, the first cello.
I do not play the guitar and banjo any more. If they are not played, they will get neck issues. They need to be played. My niece will play them. I sent her photos of all of the instruments after I talked to her on the phone to make sure she wanted them. She is so excited! That feeling made it all worthwhile. She actually lives in an area where there are fiddle jamborees. She is friends with the banjo player. She sent the photo of the banjo I sent her to the banjo player and said they have to talk lessons. 😁
Giving these instruments to my dear niece feels so right.
She is excited about the cello. She loves Yo-Yo Ma. Since she is getting Belle, she will be getting the Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Gold Rosin that Pirastro sent me to try. It is the only rosin of all my rosins that work on the brand new strings mix I put on Belle about a week ago. The strings are lovely. I like that rosin with my other instruments, so I will have to bite the bullet and buy a cake. Will check Fiddlershop.
I also will not get my down payment money that I want for the Jean Pierre Lupot cello as quickly, so that will be shoved back a little. That is okay. As much as I love that cello, I love my Sweet Dear Goddaughter Birthday Buddy niece a heck of a lot more. I still have Ada and Monte (until I sell him).
After I sell Monte I will see if I still want to buy the Jean Pierre Lupot with the three monthly payments a little more than I wanted; would be plus the price I would have accepted for Belle had I sold her. I would not have gotten that much for Belle to make that big of a difference, anyway, when you divide it by the 3 payments. I won’t get that much for Monte, same cello as Belle, but Belle has better geared tuning pegs - so she is being given to my niece. I have to sell Monte before deciding. It has to be local because I am not shipping. I have a plan and a couple leads after a phone call I made yesterday. I still am undecided about the Lupot, as much as I love it. We will see. It is sweet. But, three cellos is too many.
I cannot wait until my niece comes up to visit her parents and I can bring her goodies to her. They will have a great new home and will be lovingly used. My niece started crying last night when I told her. She works two jobs. She kept texting after we hung up and I had to tell her to go to bed. She had to get up in the morning for work.
My message, if you can afford to give or donate, whatever you want to call it, your unused instruments to people who will love them and used them, that is so much more gratifying than receiving the cash in your hands. I have to set back my Jean Pierre Lupot purchase, if I decide to purchase it, but I don’t care. THAT is not important. The surprise and gratitude of my niece tops all of that. Lupot, just a wish list, and they are fun. My niece, my heart.
Yesterday I had posted that “I Fell In Love With Jean Pierre Lupot”. Here is a link to that post. It will make clear what I said in this post.
Cannot wait until she is up. I am going to bring one of my cellos and give her a start up when I bring everything. Probably going to give her my book 1 cello of Eesential Elements Strings. I am just about done with it. My instructor is going to get downloaded music and use that with my scales book soon.
That is a very nice gesture, @cid and I'm sure she will appreciate it. I love to gift items to others who can use or appreciate something rather than sell it because I no longer have a need for it. It makes folks happy...both giver and receiver.
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Actually, I am lucky she is my niece.
I remember when she was born. I was still jn school, maybe 5th or 6th grade. It was around 11pm - 11:59pm when my mother came up an woke me and told me. I did not know what time it was when she came up. I said, “Is it still my birthday?” And she said it was, that is why I know it was before midnight.
I told my brother and sister-in-law they were going to have the baby on my birthday. She was due almost two weeks before my birthday. She asked if it was okay of she did not try to do that. LOL It was so funny because the later it was, thw more I told her. Sure enough, she had her on mu birthday. I am thinking it was when I was in 5th grade.