It’s that time of the year, when almost everyone is looking forward to the school holidays, especially the teachers!
We always meet this time of the year with mixed emotions. On one hand, it is nice to get a break, especially as many of our students are so hyped up about the holidays that teaching them has become difficult to say the least. On the other hand, it represents a huge drop in income and a departure from the regular routine of the school week.
One big positive, is that we get to bring all our workshop instruments back to the MaSamba workshop, and assess the damage inflicted over a busy year! In the main, our students do not mis-treat instruments, but being played by inexperienced players is hard on the gear, and accidents do happen! We use Contemporanea surdos for our workshop stock, and they have lasted really well, but there are always little jobs, and some not-so little jobs.
4 x Contemporanea Surdos – ready for an ‘operation’!
This week, we had the opportunity to do some of this drum maintenance work, and realise a long-held aspiration – to get the final workshop drums fitted with legs. Legs are not essential for workshop instruments, but we like them for many reasons, and even though they cost a lot of money, they are worth the cash and the effort of fitting them.
So, with a few quiet hours in the workshop, we set about stripping down four surdos, cleaning them up, doing a little panel beating to iron out some of the dents, and drilling the shells to fit the new legs. Then, it’s time to re-assemble everything and check that it all works. One final job is cutting down the legs, as the workshop drums are all shorter bodies, and this will help when packing them in the van!
Mid way through the process, and everything’s starting to take shape.
A few minutes with the grinder, and the legs are the perfect length for these drums.
All in all, this job took about three hours, but was both necessary and satisfying! Unfortunately there are plenty more repairs needed before all our workshop gear is back in full working order.
..and the job is oxo! All these drums need now is to be tuned and they’ll be back out in circulation.
This work is part supported by the Arts council/Music Network Instrument Capital Scheme.