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Thursday 21 February 2013

Ottawa Branch Instrument Loans - an update and reminder

Good news! We have found people for borrowing our uilleann pipes, and our accordion! We are looking for a case for our accordion, a Hohner Marca Registrada single-row. It measures about 9.5 x 11.5 x 6 inches. While it's a longshot, if you have a spare case clutering up your space, please contact as soon as possible so we can discuss your sale or donation of said case to our Branch. Otherwise we will have to purchase a new case at a greater expense.

Yesterday the Branch's Irish flute (Casey Burns 'Folk Flute') became available once more. The flute would fit the hands of many teens and most adults. This is a keyless flute made of boxwood. It has recently been re-hemped and oiled and comes in a small, padded, hard case. Please let me know if you are interested in borrowing this fine flute.

The CCE Ottawa Branch currently has two 3/4-size fiddles available for loan. The fiddles are generally suitable for pre-teens, ages 9-12, though this is not a hard and fast rule. Suffice it to say they are too small for adults. Sadly we have had no interest shown in them. I find this somewhat remarkable since there is so much traditional fiddling in the Ottawa region. This is agreat chance for your child to try out fiddling.

For all instrument loans preference goes to current Ottawa Branch members, and then to people who join CCE in order to qualify for the loan. Borrowers are expected to line up a mentor or tutor/teacher in order to progress on the instrument. The normal loan period is for one year, with possible extensions depending upon demand. After a year with the instrument the borrower should determine if they can obtain their own instrument, abandon the effort (least desirable outcome), or renew the loan for a period (as above, if there is no demand for the instrument at that time).

Please contact me, Craig Hamm, if you are interested in the loan of a flute or fiddle. I can be contacted via the CCE Ottawa Branch website or directly if you already know me!

The instrument webpage is here.

Thank you,
Craig Hamm
Vice Chairperson/

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