Oh boy, yet another very uncreative title for another mainly useless post that serves mostly as a means in which I can think through stuff and share my eccentricities with the public. Hmm, is uncreative a word? Maybe it’s noncreative… anyway the point isn’t to debate on the proper use of a word, even though most of the time I’m a bit of a grammatical nut…
So, yesterday’s events really didn’t result in too much. Regarding the flute servicing, my local tech informed me that Thursday’s are really good for him, which means he wants me to bring my flute in on some Thursday or other so that he can devote all the time he has to answering my questions and tell me what needs to be done. Am I really that bad when it comes to keeping people busy listening to me talk? Meh. Can’t really change that much… it’s deep in the genetics, I guess. Many of my relatives are the same way…
As for getting the Nagahara headjoint fit to the Miyazawa body, I’m no less nervous, though the worries are about different subjects this time. There’s an informational form I’m supposed to fill out when I send my instrument to Nagahara Flutes. According to that, and also according to a lady named Jerri, with whom I spoke yesterday about the process, they can put a nonpermanent silver sleeve on the headjoint when fitting a gold hj to a silver body.
I really, really don’t want to do that, though. I was informed that it wouldn’t change the sound of the headjoint in any way, but really, I just don’t trust it! I am drawn to the gold and platinum combination for a reason, you know, and not just because the platinum allows me to put more power into my playing.
My biggest worry is that if I’m required to get the headjoint fit using silver, I’m afraid the timbre of the gold will be diminished, if not altogether lost. My local tech told me that the silver would only be used in an extreme case, where the hj needed enough expansion that it would present problems within the hj’s structural… something or other. I really need to make sure that it’s not required. Plus, it’s an extra $100 to get the silver fitting, when normally all I’d have to pay is the postal cost, which includes insurance for $15000 and shipping both ways. I’ve still got to figure out those costs, come to think of it, and those won’t get laid out until I’m in the post office ready to ship off my flute.
So my goal today is to call Jerri and ask if the silver is absolutely required when it comes to fitting a gold HJ to a silver body. Well that’s slightly annoying… because I also need to find the serial number, which is written on the barrel of the instrument in print which is most likely too small for people to read. Ha, I don’t even really know where the barrel is, in order to tell my sighted assistant where to look. This should be fun. I suppose I could call Miyazawa and ask them what normally would come with the particular model I’ve got. I was smart enough to get that information yesterday thank heavens.
My head is unfortunately reeling, though, for reasons that I am not altogether sure of. I know what I need to do, which really isn’t that much, but my brain is treating it like it’s this huge thing that will take ages to get done. I need to ship it off tomorrow, if I’m going to get it to Nagahara Flutes and ensure they receive it by Tuesday next. Once it gets there, they will then be able to get it to me by Friday, which will be just in time for Susan to come over and see it as we’ve been planning for the last couple of weeks… she’d be over on Saturday.
My thoughts of course nag at me and say what if they don’t get it done by then? Or rather, what if they get it done and ship it off promptly, but what if something happens on the journey? Sending it away will be just as worrying for the same reasons. You know what, sometimes I wish I had a different brain makeup or something. I get worried over the dumbest things and I can’t help it! Most of the time I end up worrying for nothing, and yet even when I try to tell myself this, my emotions don’t listen and the worry just sticks there like gum in a kid’s hair and won’t go away.
At any rate, there’s my update for today, I guess. I don’t really have too much to say, other than I watched a couple of really good movies during the wee hours of the morning, when I had woken up just because it was one of those broken sleep days. I’ve already been awake for eight-and-a-half hours. Such is life, I guess. I’ll no doubt fix my sleep schedule within a week and then everything will turn out fine. Things usually do, as I said, and I worry for nothing most of the time. For now, though, I’m just gonna have to grit my teeth and wait till all of this passes. Anyone got a spare patch of happy? Heh.