Over the last year or so I've been on Steemit I've been lucky to accumulate a nice amount of Steem. I've mostly powered it up to gain some influence here. I have spent some Steem and Steem Dollars on buying a few things from other users, but hadn't powered down or made any big purchases until recently. As most shops do not accept Steem yet I needed some way to spend it. I got myself a debit card from Bitwala (@teambitwala) that uses a Bitcoin wallet. You can convert that to Euros when you want to spend some. I've used Changelly (@changelly) and @blocktrades to convert Steem to Bitcoin. I go with whichever offers the best rate at that moment. I've been able to buy a few things, but the first big one was booking my trip to Steemfest. Now I've done a bigger purchase. These two meant powering down for a couple of weeks, but I've turned that off again now.
Here's a teaser shot.
I made a return trip to Coda Music in Stevenage where I went a week ago to check out a few guitars. They have an amazing range in there. Some cost many thousands, but I didn't want to go that high. I want something I'm happy to take out, but that will be an upgrade from my old Dean.
Here she is. It's a Taylor 210e DLX. I hadn't been intending to buy a Taylor as I thought they would be out of my price range, but this was on special offer as, apparently, a batch was shipped in error to the UK and didn't fit what was in their catalogue. Coda bought them all up at a discount. So I got more than I expected for my money. I could have gone second hand, but I chose to go for new. The case this comes in would probably cost £100 on its own.
It's a little larger than my Dean, but the different in sound is significant. Lots more 'body' and less 'tinny'. Unfortunately it won't fit in my old soft case, so I may need another of those some time.
It's a lovely finish. The top is sitka spruce and the sides are laminated rosewood. This is actually a Mexican made guitar. A solid wood one from the USA would cost a bit more. It has a pickup system so I can play at open mic sessions. I look forward to trying it there. In fact I'll be at another next week where it will make its debut.
It would be harder to justify a purchase like this from the family account, but Steemit has totally covered it for me. That's a great feeling.
Here's a quick video demo.
I'll buy guitar picks for Steem Dollars
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