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Instruments that you have to get dressed up for?

Postby Arpangel » Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:18 am

This is an interesting one, it all started when I was learning to play the pipe organ, as a chorister I was already in my "uniform" but visiting organists always wore sharp suits, and highly polished shoes suitable for organ pedal work. Even my choirmaster was smartly dressed, always a suit and tie, even for practice.
When I lived in London my neighbour was an amateur Cellist, and I would always see him going to practice wearing his best suit.
Sax players, well, sharp suits are a necessity, also Vibes players, but getting on to synthesisers, when I got my first one, a VCS3 with the lovely wooden DK2 Keyboard, I felt that I had to make an effort, and wear the right apparel, a pair of herringbone trousers, white shirt, herringbone jacket, and brown Oxford shoes, on my jacket I had pinned my Blue Peter badge, and my Royal School Of Church Music badge, this all looked a bit out of place though, as my synth was in our coal shed, surrounded by a huge pile of coal, and my bicycles, plus a Woolworths guitar amp that I played my synth through.
I started thinking about all this after watching Clara Rockmore, the Theremin is a very visual instrument, and she really does go to town in this department, her playing is superb, but it’s a whole package, the music, and the presentation.
But this is all common sense, and the magic of a lot of the music I like is a combination of how the artists present themselves, and the music, the effect it has on us is the result of a holistic, and alchemical process.
I present Lawrence Ball as an inspiration, whom I’ve met many times, and helped on recording sessions, his dedication and passion for what he does is totally inspiring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6eUBIN4NUs
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Re: Instruments that you have to get dressed up for?

Postby shufflebeat » Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:13 am

Takamime ef341sclh - sawn-off T-shirt and black jeans

Framus archtop - white shirt, proper bow tie, black trouser with button-on braces

Crafter dread - jeans, trainers, shirt, optional cap.

Mandola - (see Crafter dread)

LAG dread - underpants.
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Re: Instruments that you have to get dressed up for?

Postby Arpangel » Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:54 am

The only synth I felt I had to dress up for was my Buchla Music Easel, purely out of respect.
Black Chinese sandals, psychedelic flower pattern bottoms bought in Barcelona, black bell sleeve T-Shirt, the usual hair, razor cut 6 top 2 sides. It’s all a great contrast.
My "studio wear" these days is anything from boring black top and bottoms, to a dressing gown.
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Re: Instruments that you have to get dressed up for?

Postby John Stafford » Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:50 pm

If I had a big Moog modular or an ARP 2500, a lab coat and a clipboard would be my basic dress code. A short sleeved shirt and tie would be acceptable in the summer.

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Re: Instruments that you have to get dressed up for?

Postby Trevor Johnson » Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:09 pm

but visiting organists always wore sharp suits, and highly polished shoes suitable for organ pedal work.

I usually wear a suit and black Oxford shoes when playing the organ at an event, even though I am usually invisible, not sure if the suits are sharp though!

Some organists change into ballet style pumps for playing, but I have purposely never done that, because if you rely on a particular piece of footwear, come the time when you've forgotten them, you will be in trouble. So I practice and play in normal shoes, in fact anything other than wellingtons.
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Re: Instruments that you have to get dressed up for?

Postby wireman » Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:33 pm

Trevor Johnson wrote:So I practice and play in normal shoes, in fact anything other than wellingtons.
I can't play very well in my normal shoes, too wide and don't slide.

I'm using Oxford style dance shoes.

I suppose that Morris bells only work with the requisite outfit.
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Re: Instruments that you have to get dressed up for?

Postby desmond » Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:35 pm

One does not simply play the DX1 in one's pants.

One at least puts on trousers.
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Postby BigRedX » Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:09 pm

I'll just leave this photo from 1985 here:

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Postby desmond » Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:14 pm

KX5 :thumbup:
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Re: Instruments that you have to get dressed up for?

Postby John Stafford » Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:25 pm

I think the EMS Synthi has a certain Chernobyl chic.

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Re: Instruments that you have to get dressed up for?

Postby resistorman » Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:09 am

John Stafford wrote:I think the EMS Synthi has a certain Chernobyl chic.

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Somebody removed the AKG D190e from its position by the phone...
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Re: Instruments that you have to get dressed up for?

Postby BillB » Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:51 am

John Stafford wrote:I think the EMS Synthi has a certain Chernobyl chic.

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Hmmm, no women. That probably explains the global disaster that was waiting to happen.
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Re: Instruments that you have to get dressed up for?

Postby Arpangel » Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:07 am

resistorman wrote:
Somebody removed the AKG D190e from its position by the phone...

And replaced it with a C1000 which explains the final meltdown.

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Re: Instruments that you have to get dressed up for?

Postby blinddrew » Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:49 pm

I'm pretty sure some of those modules went straight into the Analogue Solutions Colossus...
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