These are two iconic instruments I don't know if they should be played until they are consumed from use, accident, or neglect. Where they reside (i.e., which institution), is less of a concern to me than that they are preserved and cared for properly.
Getting them to folks who are worthy for recording purposes gets trickier that way, and certainly very political, with who holds them and who decides to loan them out. The most important thing now, I feel, is to secure the instruments and repay the debts somehow.
What a mess. It's a shame.
There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. Logan Pearsall Smith, 1865 - 1946
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