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Pan thief strikes 'Lightning'
Posted By: News
Date: Saturday, 21 February 2004, at 8:28 p.m.
By Terry Joseph
THE affable pannist Clyde "Lightening" George has been robbed of his favourite double-tenor pan, an instrument so unique it should be easy to spot.
These pans differ from most double tenors made in Trinidad because they carry more notes. Their low note is F and the high note is C#, as distinct from the 'B' which is the top pitch of regular instruments of this voice. The pans carry Panland stickers (the manufacturer's trademark) and a serial number is chiseled onto the skirt of each pan.
A former Forsyth Highlanders player, Lightning spent many years abroad and upon his return home opened the Diego Martin Pan Institute. His pans were fined-tuned by former Highlanders leader Bertie Marshall, who has promised Lightning a new pair by tomorrow.
Lightning last played the missing pan on Wednesday afternoon and upon going to rehearse the following day, discovered they had been stolen. Lightning, who annually hosts a pan jam on Carnival Sunday afternoon says he is only able to proceed because Marshall is supplying him with new pans and coming over the Institute to support him in his distress.
"We must take it personally," said wife Cathy George, "as nothing else was stolen. We feel certain the thief will attempt to sell them to visiting pan lovers, so we hope anyone wishing to purchase pans look out for the special identifying marks and refuse to purchase them.
Four Roads police are investigating the report. Anyone with information about the instrument should contact Oral Thomas at 637-4102.
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