To the hoary, oft-repeated photo community cliché that "you don't see painters debating which brushes are best" (repeated by many people in many places, so I'm not picking on any one person here), reader D. Hufford submits this as evidence. (Winsor & Newton edges out Robert Simmons and Escoda in the poll, if you're interested.)
Pretty funny. And don't try to tell me guitar players don't care about their guitars....
(Thanks to D. Hufford)
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rnewman (partial comment): "Probably the only technical subject which gets more painterly discussion is the selection of pigments for a specific use."
S. Chris (partial comment): "I can't help mentioning that as a contractor who used to build houses for a living, I've been privy to hundreds of heated discussions about which tools are best. Try asking a carpenter swinging a Vaughn hammer why he isn't using a Plumb. Just be sure you have room to dodge first."
cfw: "It's all merely a matter of preference. Why is that so hard for some people to wrap their brains around? If I had the money I'd probably have 10 or more current cameras in use, all of similar size and ilk."
Hugh Crawford: "Arguing about brands of brushes? I never hear about that, but get some painters going about Weasel vs. 'Sable' vs. Ferret vs. Ox vs. Goat vs. Boar vs. Polecat vs. Mongoose vs. Badger (neck vs. body) Just don't say 'Camel Hair.' Of course that's nothing compared to witnessing an argument about guitar strings."
Robert Howell: "That's a lot of guitars, but at least he plays them. My sister-in-law took me along to her kids' dentist years ago both to give her sprogs a chance to hobnob with their Uncle Bob and to show me their dentist's collection of rare guitars. Beautiful. All behind glass.
"I have three guitars. A 1930 Regal No. 78 with a small voice that balances well with vocals. Lends itself to old jazz, rag-time, novelty songs. A Gold Tone TG18 for playing ballads—'old chestnuts' my mother called them—has a lovely silvery, bell-like tone. Much more able, much more demanding. The latest is the Republic Highway 49 resonator I mentioned the other day. Pretty much a harp crossed with a horn, perfect for playing with a tuba and bass. Actually I'm just getting to know it. That's it. Anything more than three is a collection to my mind. Don't care to be collector. Don't like what it does to me.
"In contrast with the dentist above witness Thad Daber, 'the Tiger Woods of one-club golf, a peculiar niche of impassioned players who think 14 clubs is 13 too many.' Maybe a little oversteer there but heroic in a paladin sort of way.
"Happy New Year."