This spring has looked a lot different for musicians with gigs being cancelled, in person lessons and classroom settings moved to operating virtually. Trying to find the new normal during these times by learning and growing through it all.
Although we are stuck inside, spring is still the perfect time for spring cleaning. CJ put together a few tips for musicians on the importance of knowing your instrument inventory, keeping track of your instrument serial numbers and insuring your instruments. Let’s get to spring cleaning with your instruments.
If you have even one instrument in your possession, you should answer the following:
If you can answer these questions without hesitation, you are awesome! If you haven’t done any of these yet, take the time to document your instruments so that you know what you are working with.
This year we have learned that the world is unpredictable (you probably already knew that). Taking the time to answer the questions above are just as important as the valuable research you put into researching your horn, or investing in that mouthpiece or getting your instruments maintenanced. Take the time to document your instruments so that you have information to insure and protect the items that you have worked so hard to get.
Find your Serial Numbers & Document
You want to make sure that you have accurate documentation for your instrument(s), and other related items such as specialty cases, mutes, amps, bows and other items you may need for performances.
Find Serial Number on a Brass Instrument
Find Serial Number on a Woodwind Instrument
Find Serial Number on a String Instrument
Find Serial Number on a Percussion Instrument
protecting your equipment
If you travel a lot for gigs like I do, your gear probably has been in a vehicle. The above steps may seem a little extreme to document for a potential accident, but it could happen. If your gear is in your car during a car accident, having documentation will help be able to document what is lost or replaceable.
Click here to read about what type of documentation you need to insure your instrument(s).
Note that less expensive gear probably won’t be covered and you will have to replace it, but knowing what you need to document before there is a problem is key to preventing being without something in the future. We hope something like that never happens, but you have to be prepared. Talk to your insurance agent for more specific information.
Something simple you can do to protect your instruments when you are traveling is this: DO NOT leave your instrument(s) in your car overnight.
Bottom line: Please, take care of your items. You’ve spent years working on your craft and investing in the tools to do your craft so be responsible and know what you have and take care of them.
Let us know if you have any more questions about this and let us know when you have made your spreadsheet documenting your instruments. Do not share this document on social media, but encourage your friends with instruments and gear to get on board with spring cleaning and document their gear!
-Helen & CJ