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Thread: What's the best thing you have bought/been given in 2017?

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    What's the best thing you have bought/been given in 2017?

    I imagine a lot of watches will pop up on this thread.

    Mine would be a hand-made Chef's knife I picked up in Osaka from Tower knives back in Feb.

    TOWER KNIVES OSAKA - タワーナイブズ大阪 - 新世界の包丁専門店
    Address: 1 Chome-4-7 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 556-0002, Japan


    Will post a picture up later when home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by proby24 View Post
    I imagine a lot of watches will pop up on this thread.

    Mine would be a hand-made Chef's knife I picked up in Osaka from Tower knives back in Feb.

    TOWER KNIVES OSAKA - タワーナイブズ大阪 - 新世界の包丁専門店
    Address: 1 Chome-4-7 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 556-0002, Japan


    Will post a picture up later when home.
    Every year I buy multiple cars (I have a problem.... similar to my addiction to watches)... this years most exciting purchase (but not the most costly, if that's what your asking) is a MK1 Golf GTI

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    This by a mile


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    These 2



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    Wanted - Damasko DA38 or DC80 Green - not the black versions. Bell & Ross BR03-92 Nightlum

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    Apple AirPod headphones, bought on a whim but i'm really impressed with them! makes a change as technology often disappoints - certainly apple stuff.

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    Cobra Max 3 wood, paid £70 for the best 3 wood I've ever hit!

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    New E63s AMG Mercedes. Absolutely awesome performance. I love it!


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    I was going to say my Golf R, but actually it was our holiday to Jordan.

    Wasn't cheap (although possibly less than some here spend on a weekend break! ), but probably one of the top 3 trips we've ever done!

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    Last edited by snowman; 21st December 2017 at 11:08.

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    The ex-demo Canon 7D I bought in the summer. it's at least five years old but had fewer than 1000 shots on it and still smells like new.
    Also the ticket to the Aviva final at Twickenham last May.
    Last edited by bonzo697; 21st December 2017 at 22:27.

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    A Steinway Model B piano. I am not rich by any measure and this purchase took a fair bit of saving, a generous inheritance and a little bit of borrowing. However it is fantastic and I have aspired to own one since I first played this instrument at 16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwillans View Post
    A Steinway Model B piano. I am not rich by any measure and this purchase took a fair bit of saving, a generous inheritance and a little bit of borrowing. However it is fantastic and I have aspired to own one since I first played this instrument at 16.
    Love to hear more about this story. Did you play a few before deciding, where did you get it, how does it sound compared with your old upright, how did you get it into the house etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaOmega View Post
    Love to hear more about this story. Did you play a few before deciding, where did you get it, how does it sound compared with your old upright, how did you get it into the house etc.
    I'll post more information and a picture when I am less mobile. Just to note that I previously had a Bechstein Model B grand which you can find details of elsewhere on the forum (and see bring played on my YouTube channel).

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    Two things. Not 'materials'. Two things that make me (us my wife and myself) so proud:


    • My oldest son's 2nd place on the Dutch Nationals sailing and his 5th place on the World Championship - and we know how much he sacrifices for that.
    • My youngest (Asperger) re-inventing himself: starting 'to look beyond himself': trying to find friends, realising that he's not going to live with us forever, figuring out what he wants to do with his life / study at the uni: astronomy. Another thing we're proud of!


    Menno

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    A 2002 Gibson Les Paul Studio. It was a case of it finding me rather than me finding it. I had been pining after a Standard but a house build this year means the guitar/watch fund is at an all time low. Then the Studio popped up and an incredibly good price and I just couldn't resist. It had sat in a case for the best part of 15 years and was virtually unplayed. It's cherry with gold hardware, a combo I would have never chosen but absolutely love now. It plays and sounds like a dream.

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    Two things for me this year.

    Wood burning stove, I feel a bit like an old man saying that as it is not exactly a "cool" purchase but I absolutely love it!



    and my little MG Midget for the fun factor

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwillans View Post
    A Steinway Model B piano. I am not rich by any measure and this purchase took a fair bit of saving, a generous inheritance and a little bit of borrowing. However it is fantastic and I have aspired to own one since I first played this instrument at 16.
    Fantastic!

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    First in a two part present: seeking Alfred Russel Wallace. Taking a trip to Halmahera and hiking into the forest to see Wallace's Standardwing bird-of-paradise, Tarsiers in Tangkoko and then diving in Lembeh with Bobbit Worms (where they filmed Blue Planet II). Second part will be 2019's trip to follow Darwin. You can take the boy out of zoology, but you can't take the zoology out of the boy. Probably.






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    Probably my Beolab 5s.

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    Tickets to see Queen in concert in the Summer- it was great.

    The joy of getting 4 tickets to see Peter Kay was short lived

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    Membership of The Royal Academy of Arts for a family friend.

    Membership of The Royal Institution for the family.

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    I got married. So it has to be the ring on my finger.

    (And Maybe also my Lotus Elise Cup 250)

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    Flu jab.

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    Either the Naim Muso or the Todd White painting hanging in the dining room.

    But the best arrival by far, was my first grandchild.

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    Itís not the Boys room so canít say.


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    17 year old MGF. In great condition but does have a few maintenance jobs that need doing so itís a mini-project, a fun convertible and hopefully a future classic - all in one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by .olli. View Post
    Two things for me this year.

    Wood burning stove, I feel a bit like an old man saying that as it is not exactly a "cool" purchase but I absolutely love it!


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    Looks like a charnwood c4 olli. Smooth choice.
    Good luck everybody. Have a good one.

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    Amazon Echo and a couple of Drones are my most used purchases this year.

    Maybe an F-type Jag next year!

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    Apart from watches.

    Bought tempur mattress/pillows and a roomba.
    Given coffee machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seikopath View Post
    Looks like a charnwood c4 olli. Smooth choice.
    It is indeed David! I am impressed by the stove spotting skills! :)

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    Air tickets out to to my son's place in Florida.

    We are treated like royalty and have a wonderful time.
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    Gutted the bedroom back to bare boards and refurbished it. Last room in the house last tainted by the ex wife. Gf appreciates that. Also the tempura mattress is just sublime. Like sleeping on a cloud.

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    New M3CP just coming out the detailers.

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    Got my sons certificate for grade 5 clarinet with distinction from his music tutor today! He is very happy with it! Worth more than anything to me

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    Health for me and my family i was given
    I have a custom made knife done as we speak by a friend

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    I'm hoping it will be the Quentin Blake Matilda illustration that I have bought wifey for Christmas - guess we'll find out on Monday...

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    Quote Originally Posted by .olli. View Post
    It is indeed David! I am impressed by the stove spotting skills! :)
    lovely action on those handles. use that bad boy in good health mon vieux
    Good luck everybody. Have a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdog View Post
    New M3CP just coming out the detailers.
    Looks lovely, but won't it be filthy again in a couple of days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    Looks lovely, but won't it be filthy again in a couple of days?

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    Yep, but the ceramic coating makes it a breeze to wash and because itís scratch resistant makes it less of a worry putting it through a decent hand car wash.

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    What's the best thing you have bought/been given in 2017?

    This for me - love it!




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    Good luck everybody. Have a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hilly10 View Post
    This by a mile

    A dodgy shirt???????

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdog View Post
    New M3CP just coming out the detailers.

    Thatís not playing the game! (Unless someone has actually bought a private yacht)....

    Iíve got nothing...............

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackal View Post
    Thatís not playing the game! (Unless someone has actually bought a private yacht)....

    Iíve got nothing...............
    Well you now have a picture of a black M3CP. How lucky is that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdog View Post
    Well you now have a picture of a black M3CP. How lucky is that!
    Will look up the details later - but it looks great! (Always liked the 4-dr M3, even when it was a smaller car)

    Al

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    Martin OM-21.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seikopath View Post
    Firebelly fb1?
    Contura 51L

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy tims View Post

    Andy, you bought a baked bean!

    Had a 172 then a 182 (cup pack) some years back. Great fun!


    For me, best non-watch purchases this year: Jura E8 & Golf R Estate. Oh, and I have a Charnwood C4. Didn’t realise they were held in such high regard!

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