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Vaguely guitar related...

Post by bkangel » March 7th, 2012, 5:54 pm

Wasn't quite sure where (if anywhere) was appropriate for this.

I've put the guitars away for a couple of months because I've been flat out buying our first house!

I'll have a dedicated room for my studio (combined music and writing/book layout work), and will be able set up my guitars (wall hangers) and everything with it's "space" (unlike the current chaos room). I cannot wait!

Any suggestions/hints for moving gear and setting up a new music room?
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Re: Vaguely guitar related...

Post by Chris C » March 7th, 2012, 6:46 pm

WOOHOO! Congratulations, that's great news. :D

My only real suggestion would be to stay flexible and not try to get the perfect layout first off. Things are bound to change over time - not just more gear and bits and pieces but needing to use the space in different ways. Or you might just suddenly think of a better layout once you've used it for a few weeks.

For instance, if you got into recording at all you might need to move things around to suit (or even put up some sort of room treatments to control the sound) or you might need to squeeze other hobby needs in too. So I'd wait a while before doing things like screwing hangers into walls, because if you need to move them later then you can end up with patching and repair jobs you really don't want. Wall hangers free up floor space, and look good too, but you need to choose the spots well because, apart from restricting future moves they need to be kept away from sunlight, blasts from airconditioners, etc.

You can always use stands instead until you feel comfortable about a final choice for furniture layout, good hanger spots, etc. You can buy them with room for 3 or 5 guitars for not too much money, or just make one. I've got hangers in rooms where I know things won't change any more, but this is a really basic stand that I made up from spare wood in a few minutes.

Other than that, it's the usual stuff - plenty of storage space, a decent ergonomic chair that you can sit in for a good amount of time in a reasonable posture without crippling yourself, decent lighting, plenty of plugs (there's a rule of thumb that says hobby rooms never have enough sockets), etc.

Have fun with your new home, :)

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Re: Vaguely guitar related...

Post by Cat » March 7th, 2012, 6:54 pm

bkangel wrote:Any suggestions/hints for moving gear and setting up a new music room?
Absolutely...make certain your Home & Contents Insurance cover it. Whether or not...at least take individual photos of each...with an index card showing Make/Model/Serial for each item.

The insurance company will want them...and so will the cops if you get robbed.

Hope I didn't bring any bad juju on it by mentioning it!!! :oops:

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Post by Chris C » March 7th, 2012, 7:43 pm

Cat wrote:...at least take individual photos of each...with an index card showing Make/Model/Serial for each item.

The insurance company will want them...and so will the cops if you get robbed.
Great tip. It's been on my "Maybe Tomorrow" list for over 30 years now. :oops:

I must at least go round and photograph each room from different angles, even if I don't take shots of each item (makes me ill just thinking about THAT task....). It's a bit like Vic's giving up smoking resolution - lots of intent but not much result. Ah well, I've got a few gear pics, and a few internal shots so I guess that's a start.

So far I've only been broken into once, and that was by the cops themselves, when I lived in Melbourne. They picked up a couple of girls soliciting in nearby St Kilda, who gave our address (a rented house). Nobody was home so Plod shouldered the back door and helped themselves to a look round. Fortunately somebody arrived home shortly afterwards and was able to explain they'd never seen the ladies before (who turned out to be AWOL from a 'correctional facility'). As those were my rock-n-roll years we weren't too keen to antagonise the Prahran cops, so didn't hassles them for a new door bolt. :wink:

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Re: Vaguely guitar related...

Post by bkangel » March 7th, 2012, 7:49 pm

Yep, already organised the insurance (although must do the photos!), plus added portable coverage for the cost of a guitar/amp when I'm out and about.

And I'm not trusting the removalists... I'll be driving my amps and guitars myself! :roll:
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Re: Vaguely guitar related...

Post by Cat » March 7th, 2012, 9:46 pm

Adding to that:

Insurance company's written riders...all in very fine print...state that you need to have had "a forced entry" or they won't pay off.

Insurance companies are like casinos. You play and play and PLAY a slot machine...hit the jackpot...only to have the manager say it was a software mistake. Notice the manager never comes up to a loser and gives the money back "because there was a software mistake".

Here in my part of Australia ther've been floods...and I'm really getting a great bit of amusement over what is...
storm damage/flood damage/dampness/creek overflow/and (my favourite) an act of god.

Here in Australia we also have a term: wankers!

Hey...didn't I see some guy write a song about one of the US aillines destroying his guitar checked in as baggage?

(Okay...this is now officially a "vaguely guitar-related post", I guess!) :roll:

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Post by greybeard » March 8th, 2012, 12:51 am

One small point - particularly if you have any valve amps, make sure that the power circuits in your house are properly earthed.

Valves use not just high voltages (which on its own is not dangerous) but generate a lot of current - which is, it's deadly stuff. If there's a ny problem, you want it to go safely to earth and not through you.
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Re: Vaguely guitar related...

Post by Cat » March 8th, 2012, 3:01 am

Coronal Mass Ejections included...

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Re: Vaguely guitar related...

Post by bkangel » September 7th, 2012, 7:04 pm

Thought I'd do an update.

All moved in and LOVING it.

Admittedly, there seems to be many, many things to do around the house (and work, of course), but I'm managing to at least keep the "noodling" up, if not proper practice/playing. (That implies I could "proper practice/play" in the first place :lol: )

I am also getting into the habit of going up to the Open Mic night every Wednesday in Katoomba. Not playing, just watching, but being around live music is inspiring, and the quality is GOOD!

In the long term I will find a local guitar teacher and in the long long term, I would love to find some people to play with, but one step at a time. :D
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