The Novice’s Guide to Obtaining a Good Band Instrument
For new rental instruments:
1. The quality of the instrument has a huge impact on the ease of playing and therefore on the student’s success and enjoyment. You get what you pay for. Most good-quality instruments will cost a minimum of $600-$900 to purchase. Beware of new instruments that cost less.
2. Deal with a retailer who has a full-time, fully-stocked repair shop with a qualified repair technician on site.
3. “ Buy it cheap – buy it twice”. Repairs and adjustments to inferior instruments can run the cost up to an amount that could have been spent on a high-quality instrument in the first place.
4. Deal with a retailer whose primary business is musical instruments. They put their reputation on the line with each instrument they sell or rent. The same can be said of instrument repair people.
5. Ask the retailer if their rental contract includes routine maintenance and insurance on the instrument you are renting.
For used instruments:
1. Have the instrument evaluated by a reputable repair technician to determine if it is a good value. Ask them for a $ estimate to put the instrument in good playing condition.
2. Invest in a quality mouthpiece (ask Mr. Roth for details).
3. Investigate “rental return” instruments through the music stores. These will be certified playable by the repair technician and can be rented for less than new instruments.