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SuperBee
6835 posts
Oct 04, 2020
5:40 PM
I buy a few things from overseas but right now I’m becoming leery of it.
Earlier this year I had a package from USA take over 3 months to arrive. It was closely followed by another from same country which took about 10 weeks.
They did get here though, and I thought perhaps the problems were clearing so I made a couple more purchases without concern.
It’s now 9 weeks since the people in Sweden informed me they’d posted my purchase. Its only 7 weeks since I ordered another shipment from Santa Cruz, CA. Around this point I start to think it probably won’t turn up, while simultaneously becoming more excited about the likelihood of it arriving any day now.
These are just some very exciting CDs I’m waiting on. You know the Walter Horton tracks on An Offer You Can’t Refuse are available in much better fidelity from Sweden on the Blueskvarter albums.
On a completely unrelated matter, my dog dragged her soft cushion around on the deck and it’s been out in the rain all night. I noticed the dog was very wet this morning and it seems she decided to sleep on the wet dirty cushions in the rain rather than use her kennel or hammock. She obviously has different criteria than me about what constitutes comfort. Maybe she doesn’t realize she is wet until she is saturated.
I’m not out in the rain. I’m inside, with a heater, listening closely to the 4th chorus of Off The Wall. Maybe not the most famous or quoted chorus but a masterpiece of well-timed understatement imho.
jbone
3255 posts
Oct 04, 2020
7:43 PM
There has been a flap with the USPS and our president. The thinking has been that he would not be re-elected if mail in ballots were used, so he meddled in the postal service and things drastically slowed down. Congress got in the middle of it and things are inching back to sort of efficient again.
We suffered through this crap as well. A few items we bought- one from overseas and a couple others which were from right here in the US- were delayed months as well.
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indigo
602 posts
Oct 04, 2020
8:54 PM
I feel your pain.
I ordered my first ever 'Custom' harp from Blue Moon and it took 7 weeks to arrive.In NZ dollars it was a lot of money invested.
It finally arrived last week.
Not the fault of Blue moon at all of course but we o/seas buyers have to aware that things are going to take along time to get to us.
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sydeman
244 posts
Oct 04, 2020
9:19 PM
Just received a package that was sent 61 days ago from the USA to Canada. It was was in customs most of the time. Other times it is a week of two but every now and then some things spend a lot of time in customs for clearance
Martin
1664 posts
Oct 05, 2020
4:36 AM
@Superbee: Here in Sweden we have grown accustomed to a whole new and unwanted tradition when it comes to postal deliveries -- so I can only recommend you prayer.

You´re probably right about the "Blueskvarter" edition of "An offer ...", but when I bought that disc I noticed a slightly annoying prevalence of keys like G# and Eb and so on. It was pitched wrongly. Unfortunately, so was the budget US CD and the Youtube recording.
No biggie, but I imported the whole thing to Audacity and changed it back to the correct keys, which made it easier to play along: I´ve only one each of these uncommom blues harp keyes.
SuperBee
6837 posts
Oct 05, 2020
6:29 AM
Hi, Martin. I hope I'm not reliant on prayers, i think that service has been cut off from habitual non payment of accounts.
You are no doubt in a better position than me to have the lowdown on the I Blueskvarter albums. I understood the problem of tracks in between pitches and possibly altered speeds was a feature of the Red Lightning album An Offer You Can't Refuse, and that the original I Blueskvarter editions were better. I have Volume 3 and i think the Horton Tracks sound somewhat flat but i see Tin Pan Alley listed as Db on the "Offer ..." album and i would not go that far with the track on the record i have here. I'd say this was closer to D than Db
Martin
1665 posts
Oct 05, 2020
10:14 AM
Ok, you are probably right on the pitches. I might misremember. It was a long time since I listened to "I blueskvarter" and now I´ve gotten rid of my CD´s.

A pity you don´t understand Swedish and can hear the entire radio show (which in its time turned a considerable part of a generation of Swedes on to the blues: this was government/state radio and at that time we had all of two (2) channels to listen to, so the impact was substantial), since the guy responsible for it, Olle Helander, had this lovely stiff, slightly pedantic, academic speaking style -- but full of respect for the performaners! -- that contrasted nicely with the tunes -- and perhaps to some extent the conditions under which they were recorded.
SuperBee
6838 posts
Oct 05, 2020
3:01 PM
I had imagined that was likely the case, Martin. I have noted the enduring (relative) popularity of this music in Sweden.
On the Volume 3 album, he conducts an interview with Champion Jack Dupree, swapping from Swedish to English when speaking to Dupree and back to Swedish for the audience, so there is a taste of what it was all about.
sonvolt13
241 posts
Oct 05, 2020
3:42 PM
JBone. Pretty much nailed it. I’ve noticed that USPS has gotten a little faster again. Is it crazy that I like Butterfield’s version of Off The Wall better than LW’s?
SuperBee
6839 posts
Oct 05, 2020
7:56 PM
Amazing! My wife just brought the mail inside. Both the CD from Sweden and the CDs from USA have arrived together.
jbone
3256 posts
Oct 06, 2020
9:21 AM
Well then. Miracles DO happen!
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