Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/09/28

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Subject: [Leica] LUG - Way over my budget...
From: jayanand at (Jayanand Govindaraj)
Date: Sun Sep 28 19:16:27 2008
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Well said.

On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 7:42 AM, Barney Quinn <> wrote:

> Jan,
> I want to echo and reinforce what others on the list are saying. I'll never
> afford an S2 and I'll never afford a Strad. There are people who collect
> violins. Where they manage to get the money to do this is beyond me. There
> also people who collect cellos. Where they get the space to store them I
> don't know. Here are some of the things which determine the value of a
> stringed instrument. When it was made. Where it was made. Who made. Who has
> owned it, and who has played it. What it sounds like is dead last on the
> list, if it is on the list at all. Perhaps this is because to deal with the
> question of an instrument's sound someone has to play it and that is a 
> whole
> different question than talking about how you bought it. It's easy to talk
> about hardware. Learning to use it is a whole different matter. Talking
> about equipment is just human nature.
> Equipment isn't totally irrelevant, but it's far less important than many
> people think. Carter Brey is the Principal Cellist of the New York
> Philaharmonic. He did his audition for the Peabody Conservatory on a cello
> which only cost six or seven hundred dollars. He got in. Some years ago I
> attended a master class with YoYo Ma. At one point during the class he
> wanted to make a point so he borrowed a cello from one of the students in
> the class. I happen to know the cello in question. It came from a local
> dealer and cost about twenty five hundred dollars. It was a cheap cello,
> although there is nothing cheap about a cheap cello. He sounded every but 
> as
> good on this student cello as he did on his Strad. Point is this. At some
> point it isn't about what you've got it's about what you do with it.
> Barney
> On Sep 28, 2008, at 9:09 PM, Jan Decher wrote:
>  Hi Folks,
>> I am getting rather overwhelmed by the volume of this list and feel a
>> little bit out of place here.  I will definitely not be able to afford an 
>> M8
>> (or DMR, or S2 for that matter) for the forseeable future and have a much
>> more analog low-budget approach to shooting and owing Leica gear than (it
>> seems) most here.
>> Will can fully satisfy the digital needs (mosty for my work as a
>> zoologist) with a lowly Canon Rebel Xsi, D50 or G10, but love the feel and
>> timeless image quality of a IIIf, M3, M6 or SL2  and the smell of my B&W
>> darkroom (with B22XL enlarger).
>>  Is there a Leica list for analog only, classic Leica users, where the
>> newest gear is not necessarily the best?
>> Thanks, Jan
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In reply to: Message from alcedo at (Jan Decher) ([Leica] LUG - Way over my budget...)
Message from bjq1 at (Barney Quinn) ([Leica] LUG - Way over my budget...)