By Suzette Lombard, Principal Music Librarian
|The SABC Studio Orchestra with conductor Theo
taken in the old SABC studios in Commissioner Street in 1952
Most classical music instruments are made to last, and some do last a lifetime. Many of the instruments in the Library were purchased in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s of the previous century, when the SABC still had its own symphony orchestra.
Some instruments are still working hard, as a lot of regular library clients will be able to testify!
|An old Ludwig timp which is being written off|
A few of the older timpani or kettle drums have been repaired, overhauled and serviced countless times, but have now finally earned some rest. They will be replaced by a new set of Yamaha concert timpani bought recently.
|A new Yamaha timp in its light-weight custom-made transport case|
New Yamaha Grand Piano
Acquisition in the SABC Music Library - Paiste Crotales