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Old 10-20-05, 04:38 AM   #1
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Expensive Hobbies...

Hey I got thinking today there are two or three things that seem to have a very steep price tag for entry level that can be regarded as hobbies.

1. Cycling
2. Autoracing
3. Etc.

I have a new one... musical instruments

Many of you don't know but I am a rather good musician (open to interpretation ). I am an oboeist (you know that high pitch out of tune squeeky thing that gets all the solos in orchastra settings). Well oboes are no cheep instruments by ANY stretch and the entry barrier is very high to own one (like many other musical instruments. A instrument that is considered full conservatory (meaning has all the keys) start at about 2500 missing a few trill keys and 3500+ with all trill keys. I just purchaced a buffet greenline professonal wood carbon fiber interlaced oboe. Price tag - 5250 + tax retail 6700 dollars



I am also into photography... 4 - 5k is not out of the question for pro quality body and lenses.


What kind of stuff are you interested in that have a high dollar entry barrier?
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Old 10-20-05, 04:49 AM   #2
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Oh my this one gets me in trouble. haha. I'll not say amounts in a forum that comes up on a google search. <wink>

Aside from cycling

Ham radio
Magic (I'm a Magician) supplies/puppets
Astronomy

OOOouch that's enough

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Whoa! Nice horn!


Guitar can bee expensive for a quality instrument. Face it, its easier to play a quality instrument than it it is to play a cheap one.
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I have divested myself of many of my expensive hobbies like skiing. Florida is not the best place for a skier. I sold off all my hunting equipment when I moved down here, too. Actually the hunting is very good around here. I just don't have the time.

I have a fishing boat sitting in the yard that I have used once this year. I would sell it, but it would upset my elderly father.

I still spend way too much money on woodworking tools.
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One hobby that is incredibly expensive is legally shooting machine guns. Due to the massive background check and registration process required since 1934, legally aquired machine guns have never been used by a civilian in a crime. Nonetheless, in 1986, ronald reagen allowed congress to pass a law that no new machine guns could be registered to civilians, but the 177,000 or so already in the system could still be bought and sold.

The very newest machine guns available for legal sale are 19 years old, and as more people want them, they become exponentially more expensive. Most machine guns now cost 20 times there original value, often more, and the prices will continue to go nowhere but up. A Tommy gun that would have cost 300 bucks in 1980 is considered a real bargain today at 18 grand. I call that being raped by politicians. I email, call by phone, and write my rep's all the time about this, but it seems it will never do any good.
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Old 10-20-05, 08:36 AM   #6
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Interesting you say that... why would "I" want a machene gun... ammo costs are so huge right now... so I blow 10 dollars in rounds in 30 seconds...
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Actually, you could spend a lot more than that. An m2hb shoots bullets that cost $4. each.
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Paintball. When you figure in everything from guns to clothes to face masks...it can get expensive.

Yeah...sweet oboe. My friend teaches French Horn...don't see too many of those around these days. Anywhoo...she has a student who got a brand new georgous horn. I wish I could play an instrument. I sing...but that is, as you say, open to interpretation as well.
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Trying to say something... yes me are needy and expensive but...


I wish I could play french horn... it is the most beautiful brass instrument but the hardest... funny, someone had to oboe is the hardest wind instrument to play...
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I've scratched my head in the past trying to figure out why I don't have a cheap hobby like collecting rocks.

- Cycling (saving some scratch for a road bike, rollers, roof rack for the car, etc)
- Photography - (pining for a DSLR)
- I'd like to take up scuba diving after trying it out in Greece last year
- Buying things for the cars (E39 bmw and '71 vw beetle)
- Motorcycling
- Kayaking (only been a few times, but it's a blast)

Still, I don't spend much money as it is since I'd go broke otherwise. Some of these just require a large initial purchase (buying a bike, kayak, camera) and then some smaller accessories/upgrades later, while others are ongoing things. *shrug*
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I've scratched my head in the past trying to figure out why I don't have a cheap hobby like collecting rocks.

- Cycling (saving some scratch for a road bike, rollers, roof rack for the car, etc)
- Photography - (pining for a DSLR)
- I'd like to take up scuba diving after trying it out in Greece last year
- Buying things for the cars (E39 bmw and '71 vw beetle)
- Motorcycling
- Kayaking (only been a few times, but it's a blast)

Still, I don't spend much money as it is since I'd go broke otherwise. Some of these just require a large initial purchase (buying a bike, kayak, camera) and then some smaller accessories/upgrades later, while others are ongoing things. *shrug*
Some things sure nickle and dime us to death... I am thinking my 1958 vw beetle... that is a money pit!
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Cycling, anything aviation and woodworking. All of my hobbies are expensive. (At least my wife thinks they are)
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That's why I've not started wood working. Computers and gaming can be a pretty expensive hobby, staying on top of the latest games, graphics card, memory and of course storage for all the pr0n.
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Sailing is my other hobby, though we sold our boat when our boys were born. I learned that the splash something makes is the inversely proportional to it's cost. It is easy to spend several thousand just to have sails made for a 20' boat.
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Saxophones. Two Selmers, one soprano, one tenor -- but it's an amortized cost, since you pay for them once and they produce jazz for years.

(I also do classical, which is even more expensive -- mouthpieces = $. And I don't like Rascher mouthpieces. Do not even begin to speak to me about them.)
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Cycling
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Not necessarily in that order
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...The very newest machine guns available for legal sale are 19 years old, and as more people want them, they become exponentially more expensive. Most machine guns now cost 20 times there original value, often more, and the prices will continue to go nowhere but up. A Tommy gun that would have cost 300 bucks in 1980 is considered a real bargain today at 18 grand...[/QUOTE]

Check this site out:

http://www.marstar.ca/fullauto/index.htm

Read it and weep, all prices are in Canadian dollars... just say you're making a movie ;-)

The high cost of entry has kept me away from a lot of hobbies, too, namely kayaking. I'm going to try to build my own skinboat someday, which will hopefully cut down on that cost.
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Hookers.....won't be able to afford them much longer.
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Sounds like just about anything can turn into an expensive hobby... Though clearly there are some different categories listed above. Cycling isn't really on the same level as auto racing or sailing; I'd argue that airplanes are probably at the top end. The last time I flew, maybe 10 years ago now, it was over $20/hr. And that was for a small, cheap plane. It only goes up from there.
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Check this site out:

http://www.marstar.ca/fullauto/index.htm

Read it and weep, all prices are in Canadian dollars... just say you're making a movie ;-)

The high cost of entry has kept me away from a lot of hobbies, too, namely kayaking. I'm going to try to build my own skinboat someday, which will hopefully cut down on that cost.
a .50 cal Browning for $2600 canadian? That's like $10US! amazing...


One of my neighbors made his own kayak over the course of a year. It was pretty amazing watching him working on it during the weekend and seeing it take shape.
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Welding. Basically, I'd do a lot more of it if I had more money for materials. I've gotten pretty good at cruising around on the night before trash day, pillaging people's trash, though.
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Riding horses is $30 or more per hour for lessons (it can be as cheap as $15 hour but that's extremely rare, $45 an hour is more common than $15). I loved it, but that's just too much and I don't have the time to spend at a barn for a work/ride arrangement.
good example. expensive to acquire, expensive to use & expensive to just keep around.
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