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First ‘Gig Gear Rumble Sale’ strikes a chord with musicians

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GUERNSEY’S first ‘Gig Gear Rumble Sale’ has been a hit with musicians.

Tom Relf at The Carlton Hotel on Saturday for the Gig Gear Rumble Sale. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 24403948)

The event mimicked car boot sales, but was focused around gear that local musicians were looking to pass on to others who might have a better use for it.

‘Musicians often have so much equipment kicking around and in London there’s a sale like this on Denmark Street, so we thought it was a good idea to set one up in Guernsey,’ said organiser Adam Powell.

‘There’s a real mix of things on sale, from little £5 pieces to some big-ticket items like guitars and amps.

‘Everybody has stuff to sell on Facebook so we thought we would get everybody together,’ he added, impressed with the turnout at the event on Saturday.

As well as stalls selling items, there was also space for musicians to try out some of the instruments. The organisers hoped to make it into a regular event and said anybody in the music scene in the island should keep an eye out for the next one.

Chris Le Lacheur was pleased not only to be selling some of his older instruments, but managed to buy a new piano as well.

‘I think this is a great idea, it’s a fantastic way for me to clear out some of the stuff from my home studio as well so I have more space for rehearsals,’ he said.

Also looking to sell some instruments he no longer had use for was Tom Relf.

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‘One of the items I’m selling is a traveller guitar, which I bought in America,’ he said.

It is so called because it was designed to fit in the overhead lockers of aircraft.

‘I just found that I had a few things that were still in great condition but that I don’t have a use for any more.

‘There’s a real family when it comes to music in Guernsey and this has been a really great event to get everybody together and make use of some of the things that have just been collecting dust,’ Mr Relf said.

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