Toy harmonica restoration, karma investment

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Toy harmonica restoration, karma investment

Post by invisible man » Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:28 pm

I got bored during COVID lockdown while I was home on furlough and restored my son’s toy harmonica. He had filled it with blue glittery slime, and most notes did not play anymore. This is a $5 toy instrument, not really worth the time and effort to restore for pure monetary value. However I love to give my son instruments, needed a project, and as an OSG enthusiast have been trained to value instruments undervalued by others (especially when they are blue sparkle) and laborious restoration threads. Therefore I decided to take the time to take this apart, scrub all the glittery slime out, and reassemble it. I am hoping doing this good deed will pay off in the universe dropping an ice blue metallic Jazzmaster into my lap (preferably with greened-out aged finish). This slime is really gross and tenacious when it gets into stuff, has ruined a few sets of his clothes and some toy trains too. Took lots of scrubbing with old toothbrush under hot water. This was done two months after my combined carpal tunnel/cubital tunnel surgery.

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Re: Toy harmonica restoration, karma investment

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:35 pm

That slime looks awful. Pretty sweet project!! I always liked the simple end of the instrument spectrum, just for simplicity's sake. There are some sounds that some people might overlook because they aren't big and expensive, or something like that, but sometimes those sounds just work for a song. There's a guy I used to play in a band with, who played really heavy guitar and bass, but LOVED his melodica :D :D I hope your son appreciates the time and effort that went into that!!
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Re: Toy harmonica restoration, karma investment

Post by spacelordmother » Thu Oct 01, 2020 4:26 am

invisible man wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:28 pm
However I love to give my son instruments, needed a project, and as an OSG enthusiast have been trained to value instruments undervalued by others (especially when they are blue sparkle) and laborious restoration threads.
All great reasons! Time well spent.
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Re: Toy harmonica restoration, karma investment

Post by invisible man » Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:05 am

Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:35 pm
That slime looks awful. Pretty sweet project!! I always liked the simple end of the instrument spectrum, just for simplicity's sake. There are some sounds that some people might overlook because they aren't big and expensive, or something like that, but sometimes those sounds just work for a song. There's a guy I used to play in a band with, who played really heavy guitar and bass, but LOVED his melodica :D :D I hope your son appreciates the time and effort that went into that!!
Agreed on the simple instruments. My latest track uses just a very dodgy toy ukulele and my Squier Bass VI through high gain.
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