#47 Cobweb Orchestra Instrument Bank

From Newsletter 47
By Andrew Forsyth

This is one of the happier banking stories of recent years and involves the growing bank of instruments that the Orchestra has acquired over recent years and that are available, completely free of charge, lien or interest, to our widening community of players.
Our wish is that these should be available to anyone who fancies trying a new instrument or wants to re-kindle lost skills in that inimitable Cobweb fashion and so please do make use of the service and ask to borrow anything of interest.
One very important key in the operation of the instrument bank is that, when you have finished with an instrument – for whatever reason – please do send it back into the system so that others may use this brilliant facility. Some instruments like the oboe, horns and double-bass are in constant demand and so regular turnover is very important to us. It probably won’t take too long to determine an instrument is going to work for you and if you ought to be finding one of your own and, at that stage, consider sending it back “home”.
Andrew Forsyth is custodian of this huge body of instruments, but keeping track of them is not easy, particularly when they are passed from one player to another without a trip “home” first.
So, having now acquainted you all with the existence, scope and purpose of the Instrument Bank, the other purpose of this little ditty is to announce an International Instrument Amnesty from midnight tonight (whenever you read this)! If you are currently nurturing one of our instruments, either telephone Andrew on 015396 23644 or e-mail him at andrew@weasdale.com and let him know which instrument you have and perhaps even your plans for your future life together. Is the partnership harmonious or would you like to arrange a trial separation and return said instrument back to sender?
Return of instruments has proved to be pretty easy – someone in your rehearsal group is bound to be meeting another group’s member who will meet Andrew before long and so it can be passed back like this. Don’t waste precious time or fuel on making a dedicated trip to Cumbria unless you are also in the market to buy one of Andrew’s many trees, in which case he’ll be extra-pleased to see you.

Posted by Catherine Shackell