Anyone have strings for Cubans? (Toronto)

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by Milothicus, Jan 15, 2013.


  1. Milothicus

    Milothicus

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    I'm heading to Cuba on friday, and i want to bring some musical supplies to help out the locals.

    i haven't done this before, but my understanding is that they'll appreciate any strings, old or new. as long as they can be attached to an instrument, they're likely to be used.

    i think i have some guitar strings, and probably a set or two of bass guitar strings i can bring, but i figure if anyone else in the toronto area wants to donate some double bass strings, they'd be even more appreciated.

    let me know here or through PM and hopefully i can meet up with some people to hand them off.

    i work i mississauga, and live in burlington, but i'm willing to meet up depending on timing and stuff.
     
  2. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Supporting Member

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    Nice idea Milo! I have a friend who took a pile of strings to Cuba with her last year and they were really thrilled to get them.

    Good luck! ;)
     
  3. marcox

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  4. bass12

    bass12 Fueled by chocolate Supporting Member

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    Great idea. I've done this before with electric bass strings and have a whole stack here waiting to be donated. Too bad you're in Toronto and leaving Friday!
     
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  6. Milothicus

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    yeah, if i go again, i'll be requesting the supplies earlier for sure.

    i just didn't think of it early enough.

    keep collecting!
     
  7. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator

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    I would have loved to have helped out mis hermanos. Next trip, give us a little more notice or PM me if you think about it. I'm sure I could find something for the cause.
     
  8. dhsierra1

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    likewise, please post earlier because I have 4-5 sets of used strings in good shape I'd be happy to mail to you before your next trip down.
     
  9. zimoo

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    Hi Miloticus

    I am in Montreal and has 5 set of used double bass string.
    I want donate for our musical friends.
    You live in burlington VT ? if so , Can you pass into Montreal ?

    Zimoo
     
  10. Milothicus

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    well, the trip went fairly well. Unfortunately my wife and i had 3 deaths in our families while we were there, which made it difficult to enjoy at times.

    I was hoping to be able to go into Havana for an evening, but that didn't work out. i spoke to the musicians in the resort and passed on what i had brought, which included 2 new sets of bass guitar strings (with a few extras), a set of archtop guitar strings (missing the high E, and a set of upright bass strings that marcox sent me.

    One guitar player in the band was very thankful for the guitar strings, as he only had 3 on his guitar, and at least one pair were doubled, so he was playing it more a mandolin. my strings were way too heavy for his guitar that was probably built for nylons, but those guys will figure out how to use them.

    the bass player is actually a bass teacher, both upright and slab, so he was very thankful for all the bass strings.

    after i gave them the strings, they insisted i take the bass to play a song. I'm definitely a slab player who occasionally plays the upright, so the performance was nothing to write home about, but it was nice to play with them for a bit. a short version of All Blues, and Hotel California.

    thanks again for the support, and if i go back (which i likely will), i'll ask for the donations sooner. i also found out that a few canadian airlines will allow an extra carry-on size bag to anyone bringing supplies into Cuba. that allows for a lot more supplies. next time i'll bring more nylon guitar strings, and any upright bass strings people can donate (i don't have extras of my own).
     
  11. marcox

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    Sorry to hear about your losses. It's doubly tough when events like that happen when you're away from home and friends.

    Glad to hear that the strings will find a home. I've since discovered another batch of strings to donate, so please let us know the next time you head to Cuba. And I hope you get to Havana next time -- it's an amazing place.
     

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