What a hazard! I hear horror stories far too frequently about damaged or entirely demolished instruments. Thank goodness we carry on our oboes and English horns!
Now there’s another worry:
As the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra prepare to leave for Cuba on Wednesday, some are worried about their ability to return home with their instruments.
Top-flight classical musicians seek out the best-available instruments, which can be centuries old. Many were built at a time when there was little concern about the materials used to make them.
Have ivory on your bow or bassoon? You’d better get documentation so you don’t have the instrument confiscated!
And then there’s this:
And this …
And who can forget this?
But wait … there’s more!