Terms and Conditions of Hire

Terms and Conditions of Hire

  1. Hirers must join one of the Branches of The Society before they will be allocated a clarsach. Membership must be maintained throughout the period of hire.
  2. Hirers will be required to sign a legally-binding Hire Contract at the commencement of the hire.
  3. The hire charge is due by monthly Standing Order. Please set this up as soon as you have signed and returned your contract.
  4. Clarsachs are allocated by the National Office as they become available.
  5. EIHF clarsachs: if you live in or near Edinburgh, you may have the option (subject to availability) to hire an EIHF clarsach at the slightly reduced rate of £22.50 per month. EIHF clarsachs are required to be returned for the period of the Edinburgh International Harp Festival (1 week in early April each year), so they can be used by Festival participants.
  6. It is the responsibility of the hirer to arrange for the collection and eventual return of the clarsach from and to the National Office in Edinburgh.
  7. Clarsachs are not insured by The Society.  Hirers should include the clarsach in their own domestic insurance policy, or arrange a separate policy against loss or damage, whilst the instrument is in their care.
  8. Clarsachs are supplied with a soft carrying case and a tuning key and must be returned with both of these.  The replacement of strings with ones of the correct type and gauge is the responsibility of the hirer: contact us for advice on this.
  9. Any damage sustained by hired clarsachs must be reported to the National Office at once. If no insurance policy is in place, or the insurance does not cover the damage, the cost of repair or replacement will be charged to the hirer.
  10. All clarsachs remain the property of The Society at all times and the payment of a hire charge does not entitle the hirer to any right of ownership.
  11. The Society reserves the right to have reasonable access to its instruments during the period of hire for the purposes of inspection or insurance.
  12. Failure to comply with any of the above conditions will jeopardise the right of a person to continue the hire.