Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2013/10/19

[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]

Subject: [Leica] Re; "Tea Party" reunion
From: lrzeitlin at (lrzeitlin at
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2013 19:28:34 -0400 (EDT)

Joe writes:
An old man goes into a gun shop to buy a shotgun. "The store owner, 
that his time was being wasted, said that the best shotgun he had in 
the store
cost $8,000. "What makes it so expensive"? The customer asked. The store
owner laid the Italian Caesar Guerini shotgun on a velvet mat on the 
and pointed to the beautiful silver engravings, the meticulous 
attention to
details, how the metal met the beautifully sculpted walnut stock 
To the astonishment of the store owner, without hesitation our customer
said: "I'll buy it". The store owner was speechless but obviously 
for the handsome profit realized with only minor annoyance.

A week later the customer returns to the store. The store owner panics
thinking the worst: The old man is over his head after an impulsive 
and wants his money back. Instead the customer declares that he is a
collector and lover of quality. He appreciates beauty as well as 
"I own several modern and collectable Leica cameras as well as old fine
violins", he continues.
The shotgun you sold me is as precise and beautiful as my Leica M9; it 
next to the Stradivarius in my den."
The story concludes with the customer buying a cheap shotgun to protect 
the good stuff.

- - - -

A great story. Collectors are a peculiar bunch. Utility and rationality 
doesn't enter into the urge to acquire. My wife collects bone china tea 
cups. The more decorative the better. Of course they are too fragile to 
actually use. We drink out of ceramic mugs instead. This is a picture 
of the rifle I lusted after. A true work of art.
The only Leica I consider a true work of art is:
The later ones are just functional machines.

Larry Z

Replies: Reply from hlritter at (Howard Ritter) ([Leica] Re; "Tea Party" reunion)