David bought these two clarinets (A and B-flat) in 1965, when he was in high school. They cost $300 each, and the case was around $50. He hopes to sell the whole shebang for $1,250. A music teacher said he knows a couple of students who want a clarinet, so maybe one of them can come up with the money:
Back in 1975, David had a beard. This is a cute caricature of him, holding his clarinet:
Also in 1975, someone posted this letter on the bulletin board at the music department at the University of Hawaii. It’s hilarious. I hope you can read it. If not, read the larger version below it:
Dear Mr. Hinchey,
This letter is to inform you that you have been nominated for the Cheapskates of America Citation, which is given only to those people who have shown great pride in being a Cheapskate.
We the committee feel that congradulations (sic) are in order because you are by far “THE CHEAPEST PERSON OF THE YEAR.” We also know that you don’t like flattery so in honoring you with this award we will give you nothing but this letter.
Again thank-you for all that you’ve done.
Majalo and Aloja,
Harold Pennypincher III
Looking at all of these things, David feels nostalgic about the good old days. What fun he had back then!
As you know, he and I met during music rehearsal in 1977. I played my violin, and he played his clarinet. He offered me a ride home after each rehearsal. One thing led to another, and we ended up getting married in 1980.
P.S. I sold my two violins in 1992. Now, David wants to do the same with his two clarinets. The main reason is that he no longer plays these instruments, and he wants to let other students have the benefit of playing them. However, if the offer is less than $1,000, he will decline the offer and wait until the market improves.