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You could break in to WWBW instead then.
 

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I know a little cookie that worked out of a motel on third street "Jacks Straight Up" - I think was the name of the place. Go to room 3 - if a guy answers the door tell him your a vacuum cleaner salesman and your looking for Miranda. If she is not there - run - Carl can get nasty if he is in a bad mood, especially if he is drunk.

P.S. Don't tell him your from New York.

P.P.S. Don't let Carl watch.
 

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I took a saxophone sabbatical there a year or so ago to go see the old Selmer factory.

Honestly, there's very little in Elkhart. The downtown is kind of cute, and there's a nice area along the waterway. There's a few musical sculptures around. When I was there I stopped in an antiques shop to find out directions to the factory, and the owner was very very proud of her grandson who had designed one of the sculptures. You can take a zip over to the old abandoned/for sale Selmer factory (a very cool building, btw. By one of the windows there's still a stack of boxes OVERFLOWING with saxophone pads). I was hoping to find antique and pawnshops littered with old horns, but alas, I didn't see one saxophone that wasn't welded to a sculpture.

I found Elkhart kind of tricky to navigate around during the day, and I think it would be near impossible at night. Have a good map with you. Lots of one-way streets.

There is definitely an "old" and "new" portion of Elkhart. The old stuff is the cool stuff. Mostly though, I got the impression that it's the kind of city you go to when you want to look at antiques with the elderly, rather than have wild parties in.
 

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I drove through it on 90 twice over the past 2 weeks. I thought it might be cool to try and see if any horns had ended up in the antique shops but figured it was a pretty slim chance. By the time I was done with that thought (both times) we were already at the next rest stop.

If you're trying to kill some evening hours then I might suggest driving to Chicago turn right around and come back. You'll be readdy for bed then.
 

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spartacus said:
I know a little cookie that worked out of a motel on third street "Jacks Straight Up" - I think was the name of the place. Go to room 3 - if a guy answers the door tell him your a vacuum cleaner salesman and your looking for Miranda. If she is not there - run - Carl can get nasty if he is in a bad mood, especially if he is drunk.

P.S. Don't tell him your from New York.

P.P.S. Don't let Carl watch.


So thats how Carl affords that little hotrod MG of his.
 

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rs1sensen said:
I took a saxophone sabbatical there a year or so ago to go see the old Selmer factory.

Honestly, there's very little in Elkhart. The downtown is kind of cute, and there's a nice area along the waterway. There's a few musical sculptures around. When I was there I stopped in an antiques shop to find out directions to the factory, and the owner was very very proud of her grandson who had designed one of the sculptures. You can take a zip over to the old abandoned/for sale Selmer factory (a very cool building, btw. By one of the windows there's still a stack of boxes OVERFLOWING with saxophone pads). I was hoping to find antique and pawnshops littered with old horns, but alas, I didn't see one saxophone that wasn't welded to a sculpture.

I found Elkhart kind of tricky to navigate around during the day, and I think it would be near impossible at night. Have a good map with you. Lots of one-way streets.

There is definitely an "old" and "new" portion of Elkhart. The old stuff is the cool stuff. Mostly though, I got the impression that it's the kind of city you go to when you want to look at antiques with the elderly, rather than have wild parties in.



I will be touring the Conn-Selmer factories on Monday. Thats the reason for the trip.
 

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I will be touring the Conn-Selmer factories on Monday. Thats the reason for the trip.
Hmmm, I hadn't realized Selmer still had open facilities there. Good to know, I'll have to take a peak at it sometime. They had massive troubles a few years back, hence why the old Selmer factory closed. It's worth a look to go see that one, definitely a blast from the past. The only factory I was aware of was Gemeinhardt. When I asked around in town, the word was always "nope, no Conn/Selmer here" although it was very clear to me that many of the townsfolk were rather bitter about the old plant closing.
 
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