Searching for the perfect instrument
A musician can spend years looking for the ideal instrument, researching different schools of maker, trying dozens of models, before finally landing upon 'the one'. Meanwhile, they face the challenges of funding the purchase - a daunting prospect if you don't know where to begin.
Bassoonist Ashby Mayes, who received a £3,000 grant from the RPS to help purchase a new bassoon, spent a year searching and fundraising for his instrument. He writes about how he did it, the cities he visited, and what he learned along the way.