well-made things you get pleasure from using

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by ysrebob, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer Supporter

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    Wild T1A theodolite. They measure horizontal and vertical angles very accurately.

    They essentially replaced transits for land surveyors. I never used a transit because my grandfather and uncle bought several WWII surplus Wild T16 and T1A theodolites.
  2. Stinky

    Stinky Team Hematoma

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    Filson wool jacket
    Bridgeport mill
    Aerostitch R3
    Hassleblad 500CM- gone but not forgotten

    None of these were cheap but the satisfaction and enduring value is off the charts.
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  3. Mizzzikey

    Mizzzikey Adventurer

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    Zojiroshi thermos mug
    Toto washlet (bidet)
  4. greeng

    greeng HoHoHo GreenGiant

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    Various Aerostich Gear - Notably my Darien Pants from 2003, My polartech windstopper from 1993, and my new R3
    Seiko Kinetic Diver
    1979 R100
    Patagonia web belt
    SOG spec elite auto
    Custom Gunnar Roadie road bike with Campy Super Record
    Redwing 8119 boots
    My German Grandfathers cabinet making tools.
  5. DirtyOldMan

    DirtyOldMan Motorsickle enthusiast

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    I’d like to see grandpa’s cabinet making tools, they’d go well in the old tools thread, if you get time of course.
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  6. MrBob

    MrBob In the Pines. Supporter

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    I had to sell this to support my business, but holy shit, this was a wonderful vehicle, and running perfectly at over 330,000 miles.
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  7. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer Supporter

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    Man, I hadn't thought of my old 3G 4Runner I sold over the summer. Those were incredibly well built. It still looked good and drove like new after twenty years and a quarter million miles.

    I still have a 2007 and 2014. Yet I miss my old 3G. So, I feel your pain.

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  8. doctor_big

    doctor_big Oy!

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    My VPI Prime Signature 20191201_114845.jpg
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  9. OHScot

    OHScot Been here awhile

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    My piano has strings. Every one I have seen does. Unless you are talking those electronic thingys.
  10. George Hanson

    George Hanson Been here awhile

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    Witty. Pianos are not classified within the strings family, which includes violins, cellos, etc.
  11. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

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    Percussion, which I think makes even less sense.
  12. George Hanson

    George Hanson Been here awhile

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    If you look at the mechanism, it does.
  13. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

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    If you're just looking at the mechanism, so does "stringed instrument".
  14. George Hanson

    George Hanson Been here awhile

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    Pianos are really in their own category. When auditions for orchestral positions open up, for example, they are usually not under the percussion category, but simply under "piano". That said, a piano produces sound by means of a percussive mechanism hitting strings, so if you really want to be pedantic, you can call it whatever you wish.
  15. HandCanonShootr

    HandCanonShootr Been here awhile

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  16. MrBob

    MrBob In the Pines. Supporter

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    I like the red colors best. Before selling mine, I took a friend on a 5,000 mile tour of the southern U.S.. The ability to travel offroad just about anywhere we pleased, as well as comfortably cruise down the highway, was part of what made those vehicles so special.
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  17. Juvenile Senior

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    There is not one single feature on this thing that I HAVN'T used, some of them rather roughly. And you just can't destroy it
  18. ScottFree

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    A couple things, in addition to the Aerostich Roadcrafte Classic two-piece I’ve worn for the last quarter million miles or so.

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    The 1971 vintage Faber-Castell slide rule that got me through engineering school. A pre-electronic scientific calculator that handled the ugly math of those EE courses. It still gives me pleasure when a kid in a physics class asks to borrow a calculator because the batteries in his are dead. “48 years,” I say, “and I’ve never had to change batteries. I’ll be able to do math after the zombie apocalypse; will you?”

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    Pair of Cornelius brand soda-syrup kegs. Who knows how old they are. Stainless steel, easy to clean, damn near indestructible, and after I’ve filled them with home brew beer, they give me pleasure every time I pull the tap handle.
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  19. Heyload

    Heyload Bent but not broken Supporter

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    I've put some thought into this, and the one thing I've owned that was just really well made,versatile, functional and damned near indestructible was my issued M-65 Field Jacket with liner. That was just a great jacket, wish I still had it. Kept it for a long time after I retired, eventually donated it with some other clothes.

    Cold, wet, whether working outside or riding the bike, it did it all and did it well. My First Gear Kilimanjaro was better for riding, but for all around use, the M-65 was just a solid jacket.

    I really miss that jacket.
  20. Juvenile Senior

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    But isn't it something you can buy relatively cheap in a surplus store?