Category Archives: Music

“We choose to go to the moon…”

A photo by Laurie Spiegel of her Eberhard Faber Blackwing, which to me evokes the image of a rocket flying past the sun or perhaps the moon. Laurie’s music was included on the Golden Records affixed to Voyager 1 and 2, all à … Continue reading

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Jeff Andrews

Bassist Jeff Andrews has died, aged 58. I remember, decades ago, hearing the word “swunk” (a combination of “swing” and “funk”) for the first time. It was from Jeff Andrews who was describing the feel of Jaco’s playing on The Dry … Continue reading

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G. Henle Notenblock

Henle Verlag, who in my opinion publishes just about the most beautiful scores available, has added a new manuscript notepad to their catalog. This is in addition to their small notebook and full-size sketchbook. This pad is A4 in size … Continue reading

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It Takes A Village (Inn)

Service at the local Village Inn is just slow enough to get a little work done. Yes, that is a World War II-era Eberhard Faber Mongol with a plastic ferrule. No, I didn’t bring my own potato peeler, it’s a pencil … Continue reading

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Pencil, Paper, And A Ruler

It’s all old stuff, but it always works.

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Eberhard Faber Polita

Another surprising use for this long-discontinued eraser-like product: quickly and gently smoothing burrs that may occur on tuning posts.

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Befiehl du deine Wege

The Alte Kirche in Stein, built in 1660. My first visit to Stein bei Nürnberg and Faber-Castell was in December of 2012. While visiting the Martin Luther Church (donated by patron Lothar von Faber and erected in 1861), I was told that the … Continue reading

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Basteln mit dem Musikaliker

The title of, and idea for, this post were inspired by stolen from some of my favorite posts at Gunther’s blog; a series called Basteln mit dem Lexikaliker. The nickel plating on the clamp erasers matches the hardware so well, it’s a wonder they’re not … Continue reading

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GvF-C

I first met Count Faber-Castell in December of 2012, as part of a visit to Stein that Faber-Castell had generously arranged. During the second evening about 10 of us or so were gathered in a fine Nürnberg restaurant, not far from … Continue reading

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Chris Squire, 1948-2015

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