Take It Away

Take It Away

What is the Take it Away Scheme

Take it Away  is an Arts Council initiative designed to help more people get involved in learning and playing music. The scheme allows individuals aged between 18 and 25 to apply for a loan of up to £5,000 for the purchase of any kind of musical instrument, pay a 10% deposit and pay the rest back in 9 monthly instalments (or 18 instalments if the product is over £800), completely interest free!*

You can use the Take it Away scheme to finance the purchase of any kind of musical instrument, whether new or reconditioned. As far as Sound Attak is concerned this means you can buy that snare you've had your eye on, the congas you've been drooling over or go for it and get the drum kit of your dreams!

Bear in mind that your purchase must include an actual instrument. Specifically for us this means

  • Drum Kits
  • Snare Drums
  • Congas
  • Bongos
  • Cymbals
  • Electronic Drums

You can't just buy individual pieces of hardware such as double pedals or stands on their own. However, you can include pedals, stands, stools, sheet music or even tuition DVDs as part of your loan, provided they are bought at the same time as your main purchase.

Click here for a full list of eligible and ineligible items. 

First, work out what it is you want to buy. We're more than happy to give you help and advice in selecting exactly the right piece of kit for your needs, either in person or via phone/email.

Once you've made your decision, come into the store and apply for a Take it Away loan to finance your purchase. Sorry - we can't do this over the Net or the phone yet. You will need to bring a credit or debit card with you in order to pay the 10% deposit. The application process takes no more than a few minutes and, if approved, you can take your purchase away with you there and then.

To apply for a loan you need to be:

  • 18-25 years old
  • A permanent UK resident
  • Hold a bank or building society account capable of handling direct debit payments
  • Working at least 16 hours per week

How much can I borrow?

Loans are available up to £5,000, or as little as £100. The loan amount can be a part-payment towards an item that costs more than £5,000, or you can buy several lower value items with a combined value of up to £5,000 or more.

You will need to pay a minimum 10% of the loan amount at the point of sale. The rest is then paid back over nine months in equal instalments. There is no administrative charge or handling fee when you take out the loan, so you will never be paying more for your purchase than the ticket price*.


Thought you might be! You can find more information, terms and conditions on the Take it Away website or contact the store for more details.

Mail: Sound Attak, Units D1 & D2, The Cowdray Centre, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, Essex CO1 1BH

Telephone: 01206 368999

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* Typical 0% APR Offer subject to age and status. Terms and conditions apply.

Take it away is operated by Creative United which is the trading name and registered trademark of Creative Sector Services CIC, a Community Interest Company registered in England and Wales under number 08280539. Registered office: 10 Queen Street Place, London EC4R 1BE.