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Instrument Loan Program

Anna and her loaner fiddle

Young Tradition Vermont has a variety of instruments available for loan, which are ready for use by young folks (25 and under) interested in borrowing for up to a year.  A variety of instruments are available courtesy of the Leslie A. and Harold E. Greene Fiddle Loan Program at the Vermont Folklife Center.  That program was initiated by Judith G. Allan of Rutland, Vermont in the fall of 2009 as a way to honor the memory of her musical father and grandfather.  The collection includes fiddles that her late father had received from his father in addition to instruments he created or acquired during a lifetime interest in playing, building and restoring fiddles.  Other fiddles have been added to the collection since its creation, including about a dozen instruments from master Vermont fiddler Harold Luce.

We have a variety of fiddles available in a variety of sizes, as well a variety of other stringed instruments (guitars, ukuleles, etc.).  Let us know what you’re interested in and we’ll try to match you up.  Send a message here if you’d like more information….. and feel free to pass the message along to others.  A simple agreement form (and no exchange of money!)….. that’s all there is to it!

Users sign an  agreement with Young Tradition Vermont (if 18 years or younger, the parent or primary caregiver of the user signs).   The instrument can be kept for up to one year at no cost.  After 1 year, the instrument is returned to Young Tradition Vermont or the agreement is renewed for an additional year.  If the instrument is damaged or destroyed, lost or stolen, or otherwise not returned, the signer agrees to pay repair and/or replacement costs.

‘Paul took the loaner banjo to Northern Week at Ashokan and got in on a class with Stuart Kenney.  He’s still loving’ it.’  (Charlie M)

‘Sam LOVES it (ukulele), and is eager to start lessons!  Thanks so much, I have been recommending you to friends who ask where we found this one!’ (Kara D)

Kristina and her loaner guitar

Oliver Zeichner (with loaner whistle) and Yasi Zeichner

The fiddle is getting a lot of use and we’re forever grateful for this loan! When he was 2 someone asked him if music made him happy. He said “No, I’m happy IN music.” The loan of this violin has allowed him to not only be happy in music, but to be elated to create it himself.  (Talitha K)