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Just paid $80 to get a pair of progressive glasses. Hopefully it'll be here in two weeks. Broke the pair that just arrived (barely lasted 24 hours). *sigh*

Oh, and decided to pay $50 for a different pair of bone conduction headphones, this time, true Bluetooth, from Avantree. I've had good luck with Avantree before... I had a pair of over-the-ear set for 2.5 years now and it's light, comfy, large enough, and LONG battery life (I can go couple days without recharging it). This is replacing Aftershokz Sportz Titanium. It is wired, but it needs a battery to be charged to work properly. Which negates the whole idea of a wired set. And battery life is about the same... 8-9 hours. Go figure.

With that said, the only other bone conduction set I've tried was a Panasonic, and it just wasn't big enough for my head. I hope this one is big enough, but given the Aftershokz one fits, I'm hoping this one would fit too, as they are usually all about the same sizes.
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Victoria Raverna wrote:Probably a digital piano for my daughter since she is very interested in learning to play piano and have been asking for us to let her take piano classes.

A real piano is not suitable for my apartment so that only leave it to a digital or a hybrid piano and a hybrid piano is too expensive.

I guess I have to postpone getting a new GPU and a new monitor for another year.
We bought a used 66 key keyboard for $25 at a garage sale a few years back. It was good enough for the kids to start learning lessons. It wasn’t until now that they needed a full 88 key keyboard. We got one on Black Friday for 200.
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Everyone should go to electric toothbrushes. I went with Oral B and it has really helped with my gum disease.
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mori wrote: Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:46 pm Everyone should go to electric toothbrushes. I went with Oral B and it has really helped with my gum disease.
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raydude wrote: Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:11 pm
Victoria Raverna wrote:Probably a digital piano for my daughter since she is very interested in learning to play piano and have been asking for us to let her take piano classes.

A real piano is not suitable for my apartment so that only leave it to a digital or a hybrid piano and a hybrid piano is too expensive.

I guess I have to postpone getting a new GPU and a new monitor for another year.
We bought a used 66 key keyboard for $25 at a garage sale a few years back. It was good enough for the kids to start learning lessons. It wasn’t until now that they needed a full 88 key keyboard. We got one on Black Friday for 200.
Are they learning classical piano lessons with those?
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Victoria Raverna wrote: Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:51 pm
raydude wrote: Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:11 pm
Victoria Raverna wrote:Probably a digital piano for my daughter since she is very interested in learning to play piano and have been asking for us to let her take piano classes.

A real piano is not suitable for my apartment so that only leave it to a digital or a hybrid piano and a hybrid piano is too expensive.

I guess I have to postpone getting a new GPU and a new monitor for another year.
We bought a used 66 key keyboard for $25 at a garage sale a few years back. It was good enough for the kids to start learning lessons. It wasn’t until now that they needed a full 88 key keyboard. We got one on Black Friday for 200.
Are they learning classical piano lessons with those?
The teacher uses the Faber books: Theory, Technique, Performance, etc. There are some classical pieces there. The pieces are now at the point though where some notes at the end are beyond the octave of the old keyboard.
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Just realized I can "sorta" fix my broken (new) pair of glasses with those UV-cured glue (Bondic and various clones) as I happen to have a Bondic kit and a clone kit around. Trying it now as not to waste my $35.

Update: it sort of works, so far. Moving to random stuff.
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I pre-ordered a Snapmaker 2.0 A350.. Then My roof started leaking. Went into the attic and there is somehow an actual hole in the roof. Thought the worst, but called insurance anyway.. $1,000 deductible, but they are covering the rest of it which is gonna run around $5,000 after the deductible.
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I have an extended warranty for it, so I'm hoping its something covered.
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raydude wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:23 pm
Victoria Raverna wrote: Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:51 pm
raydude wrote: Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:11 pm
Victoria Raverna wrote:Probably a digital piano for my daughter since she is very interested in learning to play piano and have been asking for us to let her take piano classes.

A real piano is not suitable for my apartment so that only leave it to a digital or a hybrid piano and a hybrid piano is too expensive.

I guess I have to postpone getting a new GPU and a new monitor for another year.
We bought a used 66 key keyboard for $25 at a garage sale a few years back. It was good enough for the kids to start learning lessons. It wasn’t until now that they needed a full 88 key keyboard. We got one on Black Friday for 200.
Are they learning classical piano lessons with those?
The teacher uses the Faber books: Theory, Technique, Performance, etc. There are some classical pieces there. The pieces are now at the point though where some notes at the end are beyond the octave of the old keyboard.
I am surprised that they learn classical piano on a regular keyboard which is not close to the feel of an acoustic piano. Those keyboards have weighted and pressure sensitive keys? If not then it is not really learning to play piano.

Still I guess it is better to practice on a regular electronic keyboard than not practising at all.
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raydude wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:23 pm
Victoria Raverna wrote: Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:51 pm
raydude wrote: Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:11 pm
Victoria Raverna wrote:Probably a digital piano for my daughter since she is very interested in learning to play piano and have been asking for us to let her take piano classes.

A real piano is not suitable for my apartment so that only leave it to a digital or a hybrid piano and a hybrid piano is too expensive.

I guess I have to postpone getting a new GPU and a new monitor for another year.
We bought a used 66 key keyboard for $25 at a garage sale a few years back. It was good enough for the kids to start learning lessons. It wasn’t until now that they needed a full 88 key keyboard. We got one on Black Friday for 200.
Are they learning classical piano lessons with those?
The teacher uses the Faber books: Theory, Technique, Performance, etc. There are some classical pieces there. The pieces are now at the point though where some notes at the end are beyond the octave of the old keyboard.
When I bought my house, I thought a piano was a good thing to have and bought a used Currier spinnet for under $200. With moving day trucks and helpers, the transaction and pickup went well and we have a real piano nobody in the house really knows how to play. My son has been figuring out some songs on his own though, we probably need to start sending him to lessons soon but he already has extracurricular activities 3x per week. I trolled on FB looking for a patient high school student who might be interested in coming over once a week and teach him some very basic stuff, but got no bites.
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Victoria Raverna wrote: Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:42 am
raydude wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:23 pm
Victoria Raverna wrote: Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:51 pm
raydude wrote: Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:11 pm
Victoria Raverna wrote:Probably a digital piano for my daughter since she is very interested in learning to play piano and have been asking for us to let her take piano classes.

A real piano is not suitable for my apartment so that only leave it to a digital or a hybrid piano and a hybrid piano is too expensive.

I guess I have to postpone getting a new GPU and a new monitor for another year.
We bought a used 66 key keyboard for $25 at a garage sale a few years back. It was good enough for the kids to start learning lessons. It wasn’t until now that they needed a full 88 key keyboard. We got one on Black Friday for 200.
Are they learning classical piano lessons with those?
The teacher uses the Faber books: Theory, Technique, Performance, etc. There are some classical pieces there. The pieces are now at the point though where some notes at the end are beyond the octave of the old keyboard.
I am surprised that they learn classical piano on a regular keyboard which is not close to the feel of an acoustic piano. Those keyboards have weighted and pressure sensitive keys? If not then it is not really learning to play piano.

Still I guess it is better to practice on a regular electronic keyboard than not practising at all.
Ah, I did not see where you were going with your original question. I thought you were asking if the children needed to move up to 88 keys vs 66. Yes, as one who took piano lessons for 8 years in my childhood on an upright piano I agree with you that normal keyboards are not the same as a piano.

That's why we tested the feel of the keyboards at the Black Friday sale. The one we got most definitely had weighted and pressure sensitive keys and came with a sustain pedal.
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The inside glass on my oven shattered the other day. :x I have no idea if this is going to be yet another case of might as well get a new one vs. exorbitant cost to repair.
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Battery operated self pleasuring device spam removed. Probably cheaper than an oven though...unless it was made out of gold.
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Jeff V wrote: Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:50 am The inside glass on my oven shattered the other day. :x I have no idea if this is going to be yet another case of might as well get a new one vs. exorbitant cost to repair.
You tube video seems to imply it's not that costly.

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Kasey Chang wrote: Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:01 pm
Jeff V wrote: Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:50 am The inside glass on my oven shattered the other day. :x I have no idea if this is going to be yet another case of might as well get a new one vs. exorbitant cost to repair.
You tube video seems to imply it's not that costly.

https://products.geappliances.com/appli ... ntId=38727
That looks like my oven.
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