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Bernadette Peters - Broadway's Best
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#beginquote# Pete, the neck is too wide for me, and too thick. I remember the first time I played one, it was in the summer of 76, and I didn't care for them then. They also sound a little bassy. I played one at the factory, and still felt the same. Maybe it's because of the carpal tunnel damage in my left wrist, which limits my flexability. I am quite happy with my Ibanez which like an Ovatoin has a thinner neck. I also remember from an earlier post that you had said the the highs in an Ovation are biased, but you never explained what you meant. Now for a little about musicfest. Our stay was cut short due to medical problems my wife is having, so we didn't see all the performers on our list. On Monday, we saw a Peruvian group called Runa Paca from the Andes Mountains. They are perennial favorites, but this year they did mostly cover tunes instead of their native music. We saw a young guitarist named Dominic Gaudious, (I think he is of Greek heritage), and he also plays the Dijeredoo as he plays guitar. He played a solo on Dijeredoo which lasted for several minutes without stopping for a breath. As I learned from the instructions that came with one I bought at a previous Musicfest, this is accomplished by circular breathing, inhaling through the nose while blowing into the instrument. Quite an amazing performance. On Monday night, we saw a group called Bigshot from Brooklyn New York. They do Billy Joel music. They were very good, and if I heard right, the drummer is the younger brother of Billy's drummer. Tuesday was the Martin tour, then we saw a Dixieland Jazz and Zydaco group. they had a great horn section, but the vocals weren't that good. We didn't have time to see another yearly favorite, Cast in Bronze. This This is a guy my son calls the bell dude. He play an instrument called a Carillon. It is a 15th century instrument consisting of 35 bells played similar to a piano or organ, except the fists are used to hit the keys instead of the fingers, which activate the bells. I beleive the whole instrument and trailer it's mounted on weighs about 4 tons. As far as I know, it's the only one in the US. Musicfest runs through Sunday, so anyone within traveling distance might want to check it out. Most of the venues are free, but the food is expensive. there are als big name groups performing nightly throughout the duration. I am a fragment of my imagination #endquote#
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