A little error on my part has set me back RM200, in choosing the cut for my tails... but it was helpful and encouraging for Jinx to point out that in getting a second one done right, I now have the wardrobe for cocktails as well, which is basically every function quartet.
Two concerts down, and three more to go. The past few days in Saraburi with the Bangkok Symphony have been fun, spending whole evenings chatting with the other musicians (steaks and whiskey had something to do with it too), collecting more musician jokes some of which (remarkably) had nothing to do with the viola. The audience each day was some 5,000 strong - mostly country folk, farmers and such, who subscribe to this Japanese-based religious belief which includes the benefits of organic farming, and listening to music- though not necessarily at the same time... ranging from a mild idea of being a part of spirituality, to the more extreme description of leading one on wings to heaven. Interesting that they took their cues from the stage - meaning large increases in applause when someone bows.