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#654918 - 02/21/08 01:28 PM Does anyone name their instruments?
Music love Offline
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Registered: 02/20/08
Posts: 7
Loc: England
Hello.
I play the violin and the piano, and i was just wondering do other musicans name their instruments or is it just me?
My violin is called Vavra and is male. Though I havent thought of one that suits my piano yet!

I would be intrested to know! \:D


thanks guys!
x
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#654919 - 02/21/08 02:09 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?
Canto Offline
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Registered: 01/25/08
Posts: 44
I never thought about naming my instruments! Sounds interesting, I might try it...I play quite a few though, so it will take me a while. \:\) Good luck naming your piano!

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#654920 - 02/21/08 02:19 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?
hotkeys Offline
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Registered: 01/12/07
Posts: 788
Loc: Massapequa, NY
Have you read the book "Grand Obsession" by Perri Knize (aka pique in our forums)? She named her piano "Marlene" and it is about how a musical instrument can turn a person's life upside down. A must reading for all musicians and music lovers! When I get a grand piano one day, I will name it "Athena"...

- Mark
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#654921 - 02/22/08 02:34 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?
Alex from Piano Factory Gallery Offline
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Registered: 03/21/07
Posts: 11
Loc: Riverside, CA
My grand pinao's name is Little Luke
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#654922 - 02/23/08 12:38 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?
Music love Offline
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Registered: 02/20/08
Posts: 7
Loc: England
Wow i must read that book!
Yes i think that naming an instrument really does bring you closer to it!

I want a grand piano one day too...
but that wont be for a very long time!

x
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#654923 - 02/23/08 12:44 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?
nutchai Offline
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Registered: 10/24/07
Posts: 227
Loc: Australia, Western Australia
My girlfriend was over yesterday.

I told her that I decided to name my piano Valentine after Jill Valentine from Resident Evil: The Umbrellas Chronicles which we were playing a few minutes before.

She wasn't happy \:\(
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#654924 - 03/13/08 03:52 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?
melissa d Offline
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Registered: 09/17/07
Posts: 113
Loc: Cibolo, Texas
I named my piano Ella after Ella Fitzgerald one of my favorite vocalists. I also think naming your instrument brings you closer to it but my family thought I was nuts. :rolleyes:
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#654925 - 05/18/08 02:23 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?
DragonLady Offline
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Registered: 05/17/08
Posts: 11
Loc: Canada
I have a tendency of naming EVERYTHING =P
My piano is named Arthur, and my guitar is called Llewellyn.
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#654926 - 05/18/08 02:29 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?
Innominato Offline
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Registered: 02/05/08
Posts: 802
Loc: London
I name all my cars and bikes, but did not do it with the piano... \:\(

Might be a good idea.. \:\)

I am thinking about "Franzlein" (in honor of Schubert, of course)..... will think about it, thanks for starting the thread.... \:\)

("schwammerl" would of course do too, but I think someone already thought about it.. ;\) )
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#654927 - 05/18/08 08:15 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?
Mechanical Doll Offline
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Registered: 06/10/07
Posts: 199
Loc: Garden State, USA
 Quote:
Originally posted by Music love:
Hello.
I play the violin and the piano, and i was just wondering do other musicans name their instruments or is it just me?
My violin is called Vavra and is male. Though I havent thought of one that suits my piano yet! [/b]
Every computer in my house has a name, but I've come to the sad realization that the instruments (and the car!) don't. I think I need to correct that... will talk it over with the husband. \:\)
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#654928 - 07/27/08 03:06 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?
crazypianist1116 Offline
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Registered: 09/05/06
Posts: 14
Loc: New Jersey
My piano's name is Gustav (After Mahler of course!).

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#654929 - 07/27/08 03:30 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?
Paul Kolodner Offline
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Registered: 06/19/05
Posts: 143
Loc: Hoboken, NJ
I don't tend to name things, but when I talk to my cat Lisa about the piano, I refer to him as Mr. Piano. He likes to sing her a song written by Mr. Brahms. She sleeps under Mr. Piano at night, but she doesn't understand why he has so many teeth.

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#654930 - 07/27/08 03:52 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?
gooddog Offline
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Registered: 06/08/08
Posts: 4841
Loc: Seattle area, WA
My Steinway O's name is Carl, in honor of my beloved teacher who passed away from Hodgkin's disease many years ago.
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#654931 - 07/31/08 10:13 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?
misslasagna Offline
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Registered: 07/05/08
Posts: 6
Loc: Washington
I didn't have my own French horn \:\( The first one I used was called Baby, then there was Ellie (for Elephant - creative, no?) and my mellophone was Harris.

My spinet organ is named Cathryne Claryse (I know, I know). My piano doesn't actually have a name yet.

(On the topic of non-instrumental-naming tendencies, my laptop is Jennykins, my car is Ferguson, my iPod is Meredith, and my digital camera is Joe :])
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#654932 - 08/22/08 05:52 AM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?
[NGemu] Statement Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/19/08
Posts: 15
I name mine, they all have personalities of their own after I modded them

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#654933 - 01/01/09 11:44 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?
tucsonpianist91 Offline
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Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 76
Loc: Tucson, AZ
Someday, I want a Bosendorfer named Brutus.

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#654934 - 01/08/09 05:42 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?
Miss Avarice Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/24/08
Posts: 11
Loc: Wonderland
I usually name my instruments after whatever brands they are. Thus, my D. H. Baldwin's full name is Derek Hamilton Baldwin (DH for short), my violin is Karl Friedrich, and my flute is Jeremy. XD.
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#654935 - 02/02/09 07:22 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?
The Boy Next Door Offline
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Registered: 01/15/09
Posts: 49
Loc: Istanbul
I do! My guitars name is "Styx", long story. My piano is named Hermann (for his brand).

But for an awesome story of an instruments name check out :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGsvAMRFivo

BTW a friend and i used to feed a cat (albeit a very short time) which we named "Bebop" : )
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#1154911 - 02/28/09 09:19 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: The Boy Next Door]
alannamarie Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/28/09
Posts: 15
Loc: Clarington, Ontario
I named my piano Herman xD
Silly name I know, but it just came to me and made me laugh, so Herman he became!

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#1262636 - 09/04/09 09:37 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: alannamarie]
Little_Blue_Engine Offline
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Registered: 03/30/09
Posts: 1239
Loc: Ohio, US
I haven't named my piano yet, but have had the nagging feeling for some time that I should. I just haven't come up with anything yet. My car is the Crimson Permanent Assurance (Monty Python) and my ipod is Psycho Billy (Johnny Cash "One Piece At A Time")
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#1271964 - 09/21/09 07:59 AM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Little_Blue_Engine]
crazzycat Offline
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Registered: 09/21/09
Posts: 5
I play guitar for 5 years
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#1342441 - 01/06/10 03:30 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Music love]
violinplayer13 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/06/10
Posts: 4
Hi,
I named my violin Bella.

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#1347070 - 01/11/10 06:51 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: violinplayer13]
JustBeingMe Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/19/09
Posts: 16
I named my saxophone Elvis, considering it's my nickname for life, and my piano is named Timber(1).


1)
Timber comes from one of my favorite songs, Above the Timberline by Five For Fighting(2)

2)
FIVE FOR FIGHTING IS AMAZING LOOK HIM UP RIGHT NOW IF YOU NEVER HEARD HIS SONGS! http://www.youtube.com/user/fiveforfighting?blend=1&ob=4

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#1377052 - 02/18/10 03:22 AM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: JustBeingMe]
SpencerF Offline
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Registered: 02/17/10
Posts: 122
When I used to work at FedEx Kinko's, most of the stores named the copiers; however, in our store we just called the copiers by their brand and model number. Our piano is just the piano, if we had two pianos, then we would call them by their brand names. I always feel weird giving names to in animate objects.

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#1377181 - 02/18/10 08:33 AM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Music love]
David T Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/07/09
Posts: 52
Loc: central Kentucky
I was thinking about this question just a few days ago. Wondering about naming my piano Albert, full name Albert Einsteinway. But maybe that's just too, too clevah.

I wonder who has a greater tendency to naming their pianos, men or women.
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#1423783 - 04/25/10 06:18 AM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: David T]
Pianosaurus Rex Offline
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Registered: 03/12/10
Posts: 305
If I lived in an English speaking country I'd call my Harpsichord "the Harpy"
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#1427467 - 04/30/10 10:35 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Little_Blue_Engine]
Little_Blue_Engine Offline
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Registered: 03/30/09
Posts: 1239
Loc: Ohio, US
Originally Posted By: Little_Blue_Engine
I haven't named my piano yet, but have had the nagging feeling for some time that I should. I just haven't come up with anything yet. My car is the Crimson Permanent Assurance (Monty Python) and my ipod is Psycho Billy (Johnny Cash "One Piece At A Time")
Well, it hit me from out of the blue one morning when I was thinking about something completely unrelated. My piano's name is "Admiral Halsey".
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#1515084 - 09/14/10 04:20 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Music love]
sarahsays Offline
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Registered: 09/10/10
Posts: 28
Loc: Utah, USA
Nice!

I haven't named my Yamaha, but I have a 60's reissued pink Fender Strat I named "Lola." It fits her perfectly and I'm rather fond of her.
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#1567349 - 11/30/10 05:50 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Music love]
RSByrne Offline
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Registered: 11/30/10
Posts: 27
Loc: Wollongong, AUS
I name everything!

My three trombones (two are no longer with me):
Oscar Bellamy Jude
Jett "Jasper" Jupiter Rafferty (I initially wanted to call him JJ, hence Jett Jasper, but Jupiter was the brand so my friends made me put that in)
My current bone: Ignatius Caspian Timotheus Pierrick Clade ... long name. Timotheus and Pierrick are after my friends Tim and Pete

I also have:
Felix Lucian - my Yamaha piano
Bela Augustine - my clarinet
Angus, Hamish and Seamus - wooden professional recorders
Boris Slava - acoustic guitar.
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#1571137 - 12/06/10 08:35 AM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Music love]
carl lindsay Offline
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Registered: 12/04/10
Posts: 1
Loc: alaska, USA
hi. i often play on the guitar. i also love singing. its nice thread to know about the various instruments and the instrument which are not known to me.


http://mymusiccircle.com/

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