I bought a new instrument -
Lifemusic workshop in Chichester and had unashamedly coveted it since that time. My latest round of investment in my business included a plan to buy one of these instruments - a metallophone from Ghana in West Africa. It was made by a craftsman called Christopher Doozie and sold by Ghana Goods in Bristol.
(The box it came in proved a popular acquisition, too. Ahem.)
I went to see my client J yesterday and took the new metallophone with me. J is occasionally an excitable, boisterous fellow and can put instruments through their paces, so I bear that in mind when deciding what to take with me. I want him to have the physical freedom to really beat the drums etc if that is what he wants and needs. He can also be incredibly gentle - for example when playing a cymbal with some jazz brushes. Many of my African instruments are especially hardy - being made to be played in a hearty way rather than a delicate way.
The other thing with J is that he is often wary of new instruments. He likes me to put them somewhere in plain sight - but out of his way - for two or three sessions while he gets used to them.
Not so the metallophone.
Now. What instruments shall I buy next?? *rubs hands gleefully*