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What brand of instrument should I try to find?

30 Beginning School Band InstrumentsYou have decided to get into the school band. You know what instrument you need. Now let's talk about what “brand” of instrument you need.

It will take only a few minutes of your time on the Internet for you to learn that band instrument prices vary a lot. Flutes, for example, cost as little as $125.00 to tens of thousands of dollars. So, what should you get? Lets start with the term “student instrument”. Directors and musicians generally define a “student line instrument” as an instrument that is suitable for a fifth or sixth grade student to start band with and continue through high school. Just so you will know, about five to eight percent of the students in the East Texas area will decide to purchase a “professional instrument” before they graduate from high school.

All major brands make student, intermediate, and professional instruments. Yes, there really is a difference between a professional and student instrument as it applies to your student, even though they look a lot alike. It is not suggested that you purchase a professional instrument for a beginner. Most directors recommend that you purchase a student instrument for beginning band. For our discussion here, I hope it is enough to say that the differences are important for the success of your child.

Most East Texas directors will give you a list, or even the name and model number, of the instrument they want you to purchase. They do this because they don’t want their students or parents to waste money on instruments that will make it difficult or impossible for the child to succeed. However, they can't list every acceptible instrument as it would just confuse a buyer unfamiliar with the various brands. As long as you compare "apples to apples", there is not a significant difference in the quality of the major brands. Any major brand name student instrument is great for beginning band. If you find an instrument which is not specificially on your director's list, as long as it is good quality, most directors would be glad for you to get it.

Below is a list of things to look for.

 
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If the list price of a flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, cornet, or trombone is less than $700.00, forget it! Drum kits or percussion kits will be a little less. I know. Wow! That is a lot. Please do not make your child sit in a section with an inferior instrument working their hearts out only to give up thinking they have no talent, and think that for the rest of their life. In fact, they may have a lot of talent, but their horn will not perform to the same standard as the other kids.
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DO NOT purchase an instrument out right for the first six weeks of band. Give the director and yourself that long to be sure that the student both can, and is still interested in playing in the band. Get a rental/purchase instrument where you get a new horn for a trial period. The cost should be about $60.00 for the first two months. That will give you the time you need to decide, not feel rushed, and not feel pressured to stay with something that just isn't right for your child. On ocassion, the instrument chosen is just not a good match. The rental/purchase gives you the option of changing instruments without penalty (if done so in the trial period.) The most you can lose to give your child the best possible chance in music is only $60.00. After that, you can give the instrument back, purchase it, or pay it out. (For details on our Rental/Purchase Plan click here.)
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Never, ever purchase a band or wind instrument from a place where you can not see and talk to a QUALIFIED repair person in the store. DO NOT buy your horn where you are told that “they can send it off” or “mail it somewhere” or “some other store will take care of the repair”. Like your car, your instrument will need regular check-ups and maintenance. Every day it is in the mail or in transport, your kid is falling more and more behind.
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You should purchase or rental/purchase your instrument from a SCHOOL MUSIC DEALER. They have what you want, they know what you need, and they have the franchise and the warranty. Also, you will want to know that many of them have as good, or almost as good, a price as a cut-rate place or unseen places on the Internet. Isn't it worth a few extra dollars to look someone in the face, shake their hands, and know the name of the person you need to go to if there is a problem?
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DO NOT let anyone RUSH or PRESSURE you into a purchasing anything. You can always get reliable information and have prices for comparison by calling us at 903-593-3195. We have real people answering the phone.
 
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