Woodland Posted March 11, 2005 Report Share Posted March 11, 2005 In these days of educational budgetary neglect, I find myself hearing the same phrase from school teachers over and over again with regards to their stringed instrument repairs, "just make it playable". I've been hearing this a little too often these days, with instruments in such horrid condition, (which were pieces of cr*p to begin with (Sherl & Roth, William Lewis and the like), that have been beaten to snot over the years, and "repaired" very badly over and over again. I've seen my share of bass and cello necks that have been pegged, bolted, glued and reglued again. Sure, that can be a practical way to repair student instruments, but there's only so many times one can attempt to fix it. The schools can't get money for new instruments, they only have pathetic budgets to work with (they don't have the funds to give the instruments the repairs they need, if they're worth repairing that is). It's even gotten to the point that I've had to refuse a few repair jobs because I told the teacher I wasn't going to facilitate the Chicago Public Schools wasting what little money they have. It's truly a shame (plus I'm sure this isn't news to many of the other repairmen and teachers on this board). When I show the teachers just what high quality Chinese instruments they can get these days for a fraction of the cost of the old German war horses, their jaws just about hit the floor. Still, they just don't have the funds available for new instruments that they desperately need. They can only afford "meatball surgery" to buy just a little more life out of those old, horrid-sounding beaters. Sure, kids beat instruments to death sometimes, but if they need new stuff, they need new stuff. Is it ever possible/likely that public schools can get private grant money for music programs? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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