Collecting Antique Maps - A Beginner's Guide

Written by Neil Street

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Armed with a little guidance from these excellent books,repparttar new collector is likely to focus on a particular niche withinrepparttar 116277 map collecting field. This is an important step, since it is by narrowingrepparttar 116278 focus that a beginner is able to most quickly gainrepparttar 116279 necessary expertise for successful, and enjoyable, collecting. However,repparttar 116280 new collector should also take some time to look around before jumping into a chosen area. There are as many collecting “areas” as there are collectors, and a little time and effort spent exploringrepparttar 116281 field may lead to surprising and unique choices.

What can a person expect to pay for an antique map? The price range is as wide, or wider, than almost every other field of antique collecting. Perfectly acceptable antique maps can be had for as little as $50. For those with a deep pocket, rare or hard-to-find maps can easily run into five or six figures. Withrepparttar 116282 relatively low cost of entry, antique map collecting is an ideal choice for many individuals, combining wide opportunity for research and learning (history, geography, art, engraving, printing, politics, to name but a few) withrepparttar 116283 opportunity to display one’s prizes in an attractive way. And for those who truly “catchrepparttar 116284 bug,” antique map collecting can become a passion that is limited only byrepparttar 116285 imagination.

Neil Street is the owner of VintageMaps.Com, which he founded in 1997. His website, an online destination for the antique map and antique print enthusiast, is at Send email to He can also be reached at (203)762-3474.

Buying the Right Guitar

Written by Michael Setz

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Always buy a case! There are two types: Hard-Shell and Soft-Shell. You should opt for hard-shell. New cases can run between $50 and $75, and sometimes you can get them thrown inrepparttar deal, it’s always worth askingrepparttar 116276 salesman. If you do not buy a case you can rest assured that you will get dings and scratches, and it is also more difficult to safely move your guitar from place to place. Choose a guitar that hasrepparttar 116277 strings close torepparttar 116278 fretboard or playing will be difficult. However, if they are too close then they will produce a buzz and affectrepparttar 116279 tone produced. Be sure that it produces a clear sound, with no buzzes at any ofrepparttar 116280 frets, and thatrepparttar 116281 guitar is constructed of high quality wood, sorepparttar 116282 neck doesn't "warp”. Woods to look for include hardwoods such as Ash, Mahogany, Cherry, Maple, Rosewood, and Birch. These are some ofrepparttar 116283 more common, andrepparttar 116284 key is looking for hardwoods. Not only does this help to resist dings, it also improves tone. Generally, my recommendation to beginning guitar players is first learn on a nylon string acoustic guitar. These are also called Classical Guitars. The reasons I recommend nylon acoustics are first, Classical guitars use nylon strings, and nylon strings are easier onrepparttar 116285 fingertips than steel strings. After you've played an hour straight you'll know what I'm talking about. Imagine a thin piece of wire being pressed against your tender skin and then moved back and forth like a saw. Ouch! Now imagine a soft nylon string and you can easily see why I recommend nylon. Don't get me wrong, your fingertips will hurt regardless, and that's ok. All guitar players need calluses onrepparttar 116286 fingertips. And you will very quickly develop them if you persist in your playing. But nylon strings will make a significant difference in how painful it can be, and it will ultimately let you practice a little longer before you can't take anymore. Second,repparttar 116287 neck is wider on classical style guitars. Although this may seem to make playing more difficult initially, it actually helps with finger placement andrepparttar 116288 always troublesome issue of fingers touching other strings and muting them. This is especially true on electric guitars which have a much narrower neck. By having more space between strings you have less chance of this occurring. In addition, wider necks will help build dexterity in your fingers quicker too. Finally, when you start with a nylon acoustic guitar you don't need to buy an amplifier or any other accessories to go with it. You can play it anywhere and hear it loud and clear, thus saving you money, allowing for more mobility, and producing clear sounds to hear your true playing style and progress. All these add up to my recommendation that beginner guitar players start with a classical style guitar. If you must buy an electric guitar first time out, and you have no interest in an acoustic, you will be faced with many choices of guitars, amplifiers, and hordes of other pieces of equipment. While much ofrepparttar 116289 gadgetry is fun,repparttar 116290 SINGLE most important part of your setup is stillrepparttar 116291 guitar itself.

Regardless of how much money you have to spend, try to getrepparttar 116292 best guitar you can - even if it means not being able to afford an amplifier to begin with! Unless you are playing in a band, you don't really need an amp to start off with, andrepparttar 116293 better your guitar is,repparttar 116294 easier and more enjoyable your learning experience will be!

Remember how it is in most cases - you generally get what you pay for! However, with these few key points in mind, you can have confidence thatrepparttar 116295 right guitar withrepparttar 116296 right price and right quality can be found. Get guitar lessons at, Home ofrepparttar 116297 guitar lesson: Play Guitar in 7 Days.

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