it seems I'm more rich... money is pretty worthless.
Congrats you just figured out something that the majority of the world has yet to grasp.
Money is worthless. It represents nothing but greed. It does not represent wealth, it does not represent hard work, it does not represent worth. We only part with money when we really, really want something; and even then it's hard, because we want more money.
1.3 million haitians were helped after the earthquake a while back. Donations came in from all over. What did you donate? A dollar? You and 130 million other people, and every one of 1.3 million hatians got $10 worth of rice (a month's supply of food at least). A dollar is nothing; 130 million dollars didn't happen here. There are 6 billion people in the world, 300 million just in America; what happened here was a small fragment of those people giving care and aid, not money. Money is all they had to give, but it seemed to them the conduit to do something.
Or so we'd like to believe. Mostly it was just hype, and the cool thing to do at the moment.
IMO, music is one of the best things life has to offer. Making/playing your own (music) is even better. Buying a classical guitar was the beginning of the end for me. After a few months of playing I had an overwhelming urge to do more, and ended up going with this - http://notionmusic.com/products/notion3.html
I'm still trying to figure out where to put a piano though, time to build a new house
As for a piano, I do say look at the digitals if you can't fit/afford a good acoustic. The $15000 uprights (Kawai K-9) aren't as good as the $4000 digitals (Kawai CA-63 or CA-93), a sad fact. The CA-93 is some 5 feet x 3 feet x 1.5 feet. Roland also makes an (ugly) $5000 V-Piano I don't like as much (but the feel is nice), and there are other offerings out there; Kawai dominates this market though, tbh. Yamaha makes a full sized baby grand that's all digital and has real hammer action, but it's expensive and huge.
hey bfi, nice choice on that nylon. How long you been playing?
My daughter got a Martin LX1 for christmas. she has been in violin for 2 years abut wanted to switch to guitar to play music she likes. I was sweating the idea of getting a Martin for a 9 year old. what the f##k tho right? The alternative in the 3/4s sized were cheap plastic china beginner guitars with wobbly tuners and structural neck issues. Those are the kinda guitars that would make someone not want to pick it back up because they never stay in tune.
My Cordoba C9 ($800; there is a C10 for $1000) is all-wood construction, solid back and sides, solid top, solid neck, solid fretboard, bone nut, bone saddle, carved ebony rosette with mother of pearl inlays, the works. When you tune it, just a slight nudge on the tuners adjusts the tune; the tuners are very fine, but the nut and saddle are so smooth that the string tension stays the same across the whole string (no tuning issues from excess tension behind the nut eventually slipping) and the tuners are machined so tight that they have no play when up-tuning (any tuner motion produces string motion) and they slide very smoothly.
I may still spend money to have the guitar set up. The intonation is slightly flat. We're talking 1/10 of a Hz off at fret 12, something sensitive electronics pick up on... it's still "in tune" and the intonation is "correct," just not "perfect."
By all means, spend $300, $500, $1000 on a guitar for a beginner; if it's a $200 Yamaha, good for you, get it a $50 set-up and you're set (Yamaha makes good gear). You did the right thing avoiding the garbage guitars that nobody is going to want to play, with unbelievably high action and all. You in no way have to get a $1000 guitar, but it's not the most horrible decision you can make by any stretch.
I find my full scale classical quite small
Oh, and 3 years I think. Maybe 4 now. Yes I think 4, I'm not very good... can sing and play Fullmoon and Basketcase and sort of play the Auctioneer song.... I want to learn fingerpicking, hence classical style. My first guitar was a $150 Epiphone Les Paul 2 that sucked, then a $800 Ibanez S470DXQM that I no longer want... I have an Ibanez AE20L acoustic now which I want to get rid of in favor of likely a cheap Yamaha steel string modern. I want a Paul Reed Smith SE Singlecut tobacco burst stoptail guitar for an electric, and I'll rid myself of the Ibanez S.