For two years the band has been fundraising and putting away its pennies to upgrade our timpani. We had three, but we wanted four to be able to get the full range. Timpani are not cheap, but we wanted to get a good one: they last a long time, and so a timp that does not quite sound right and does not quite work well will be annoying you for a long time. Our thoughts were that we might replace our largest timp with two new ones: the same size and larger. Then we received an email offering really good timpani at less than half price because the importer was closing down. The committee convened, and decided to go for it. This sort of opportunity does not come twice.
Now back to fundraising.