Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Reality check?
"for example, a poster revued the Jason Ricci
gig on a Thur night at a blues club in Jacksonville that drew a crowd of
4 people. Certainly if this is being duplicated across the country, there
will be a lot less paying gigs for these artists as the club owner will
total up cost paid for entertainment (usually a minimum of $100/man for
acts) minus the 4 paying customers (ticket at the door and/or drinks/food
consumed) equals big loss in revenue for the night.
As to on line lessons, telephone lessons, customized work, I've found that,
while you may pick up some new students via the internet or customizing
it doesn't sustain itself (new students taking a lesson or two and then
vanishing - custom harmonica ordered but not constantly renewable orders
from each individual)."
I happened to speak with Jason about that particular gig and it was the
exception rather than the rule. Guano happens. Gigging bands deal with an
aberration like it, especially a band playing more than 300+ gigs a year. Don't
extrapolate that one gig as if it was typical of JR&NB's audiences and gigs. It
isn't. The band hasn't been back to the NY area in a while..when they do, I
guarantee they'll have a full house..their fans and friends can't wait to see
As well, the bidding war sale of Jason Ricci's customized harps online
recently seems a clear indication that he (as well as the other new-to-the-market
customizers) have a real and ongoing market for their wares. Some of his
harps were bought by the same purchaser. So much for "non renewable orders from
each individual'. With the recent reviews, I'm personally intrigued by and
most likely will order Chris Michalek's customized harps (that's plural).
For those interested, Jason's in the Netherlands for his tour with
Walter Trout..and taking a well-deserved brief few days vacation in
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