From time to time people ask me what I want for birthdays, Xmas, etc.
and I am usually stumped for an answer and mumble something incoherent.
So here is a page of stuff that might help, which I will endeavour to
keep a little bit up to date. Anything listed below would be massively
This page last updated at: Tue Jun 1 21:53:06 2010
- I'm saving for a new concertina like one of the ones for sale here. They're expensive, but I have a savings account for this purpose, so any contributions at all would be very greatfully received.
- Socks — thick, woolly ones or just generally nice and
comfortable ones for size 11 feet, please. Nobody ever believes it when
a guy says he wants socks, but it's true: a good pair of socks make a
in the key of A, B-flat, C, D, low-D, E, F or G —
the types I fancy at the moment are the Seydel Blues Session or Blues
Favourite, Bushman Delta Frost, Hohner Special 20, Hohner Big River,
Suzuki Bluesmaster, Suzuki Folkmaster, Lee Oskar Major Diatonic, or
Hering Black Blues (yep, I know, the names are very odd).
These are all diatonic harmonicas, by the way — that knowledge may
help when browsing catalogues/websites.
Actually, I'd be delighted to try out just about any sort of harmonica,
preferably with a plastic or metal comb, but anything goes!
Actually, thinking of it, I'd also really like a "tremolo"
harmonica in D or G — the choices for tremolos in D are limited
(less so for G), but they can sound really nice for some tunes.
Good places to harmonicas of any flavour are Eagle Music and Harmonicas Direct.
- A harmonica in "diminished" tuning like
(in any key). I've listed this separately to the other harmonicas
as it is a different sort of beast. Basically, you can use one of
these little beasts to play fully chromatically using a bit of
technique that I can almost do. Clever stuff, and I really like
those Seydel harmonicas.
- For something more mailable (deliverable by post or email),
harmonica gift vouchers are available from
(which is also another decent place to buy harmonicas).
- A really cool new uke like these ones, which look awesome and apparently play well too. Armed with one of those I'll be a rock star in no time. :o) A nice-ish acoustic uke would be nice too/instead, which would mean I wouldn't be quite so nervous when letting the Youngling play with my current uke.
- A good set of ukulele strings to replace the bog-standard ones on my current uke. I have no first hand experience of this, but apparently Aquila strings are meant to be the best, and Worth or Ko'olau are also supposedly really good brands. The strings needed are for standard tuned soprano ukulele. Available from The Ukulele Shop as well as other music shops.
- Coffee beans — for grinding, to provide something to help keep
me awake while practicing all these musical instruments.
- Whisky (or whiskey) — because a boy can never have too much whisky.
(Clearly that is not true, but I don't care!)
- Anything from my Amazon Wish List. Though please remember that Amazon is not the only place to buy books, CDs or DVDs. For computer books I usually use Computer Manuals who have good prices, clear shipping costs and efficient service.
- Donations to... Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary, The RNLI or Amnesty International.