Another Norwegian national brass band championship show successfully completed. I'm not in a brass band, so I don't play there, but the shop I work for always has a table in the exhibition hall, where we show off shiny things holy shit I took so many photos of shiny things you guys and sell stuff like valve oil, gig bags, mutes, cleaning cloths and assorted other accessories. Wednesday and Thursday we packed it all, Friday morning we set it up, Saturday evening we took it down and dragged it back to the shop. Guess who probably gets to spend Monday putting it all back where it belongs?
I always bring a bag full of small repair tools and supplies (screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, mouthpiece remover, corks, felts, etc.), because I like to be prepared. I've been going for five years now, and every year, without fail, I have fixed something for someone. This time I dealt with a missing water key cork, reattached a cork that fell off a mute, replaced corks that fell off long ago on another mute, and removed a stuck mouthpiece. During past events I've replaced felts, loosened seized valved, and even soldered broken joins.
The Norsk Militær Tattoo organization was holding a contest thing for free CDs plus entry into a draw for tickets to the 2014 military band championships in Oslo. I won a CD, so that was kind of cool. As of adding that CD, my music library stands at 10980 tracks, and I'm always out for more.
That's another thing I love about NM Brass weekend. I can chatter on about music and instruments to everyone around me and not get weird looks. Most people will chatter just as much right back. This place is great for music. You look at where each participating band hails from, and half of the Elite and 1st division bands are from Hordaland fylke. (Fylker are sort of Norway's equivalents to states or provinces and territories.) There's a good reason Bergen is the host city for this shindig.
Brought 2.5kg of cookies with me to throw at people. Not literally.
Every Monday evening I go hang out at the Bergen Hackerspace. I'm working on a bunch of LED-lit signs with one of the other guys there, and this week we finished a bass clef and treble clef light for which I've had the plastic engraved since July of 2013. The engraving was my trial run for our larger project, so I could get a feel for how acrylic plastic behaves under the Dremel. Now that we had all the necessary parts, we figured it was the best time to get them done, in order to show them off at the championships.
At least five people asked me if they were for sale. Sorry, folks, these ones are mine. Besides, the RGB LED strip controller belongs to someone else and is only on loan to me for the duration of the show.
So I guess for next year we have to make a smattering of tiny light-up signs to sell?
Friday was a fourteen-hour day. Saturday was tamer at only ten. It's fun, but whoo, I am happy to get a chance to sit for more than five minutes at a stretch.
Glad to be able to stretch properly too. So stiff.
That's a good chunk of my weekend gone. Sunday is for sleeping.