Buying Guide

Taking the next big step...

As your young musician enters into serious study of their instrument, you may feel that is now time to buy your child his or her very own instrument. Why spend all this money renting an instrument, when you can buy it for the same price, right?

WRONG! Often, the instruments you find listed on Amazon or eBay look like a great price, but the craftsmanship of these instruments make them better candidates for the fireplace or garbage can rather than the music room. If you have already made a purchase of one of these "impostor instruments" please feel free to bring it into school and I will happily do my best to improve its play-ability!

If you do feel like it is time to make the jump into instrument ownership, please take a moment and review our suggested brands and models for students. Additionally, it is also great to explore your local music stores for used instruments that may offer a great bang for your buck!

In any situation, it is best to ask a variety of performers and educators about your future purchase. Take your time. Test the instruments. Make an informed decision and investment!

Please note that these are recommended student models listed below. If you are looking for professional level instruments please consult your child's band or orchestra teacher, or ask your private lesson teacher.

String Instruments

Below are some suggested brands of quality string instruments. Remember you can get a great deal and a quality instrument by buying it used.

Be sure to avoid "off-brand" instruments listed on Amazon like Mendini, Glory, or Cecilio. Also avoid brightly colored or heavily painted "non-traditional" looking instruments!

Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass Brands:

  • Franz Hoffman Series
  • Strobel
  • Knilling
  • Scherl and Roth
  • Stentor
  • Snow

Band Instruments

Below are some suggested student models of instruments. Remember you can get a great deal and a quality instrument by buying it used!

Be sure to avoid "off-brand" instruments listed on Amazon like Mendini, Glory, or Cecilio. Also avoid brightly colored or heavily painted "non-traditional" looking instruments!

Oboes:

  • Jupiter JOB1000 (Student)
  • Fox Renard Model 330 (Intermediate)

Flutes:

  • Yamaha YFL-221
  • Gemeinhardt 2SP
  • Armstrong 102
  • Armstrong 103 (open)
  • Selmer Prelude FL711

Clarinets:

  • Yamaha YCL255
  • Buffet B12
  • Jupiter JLC637S
  • Selmer SCL711


Alto Saxophones:

  • Yamaha YAS280/YAS23/25/275
  • Selmer Prelude AS711
  • Jean Baptiste 286AL

Tenor Saxophones:

  • Selmer TS600L
  • Selmer TS711S

Baritone Saxophones:

  • Coming soon!


French Horns:

  • Coming soon!

Trumpets:

  • Yamaha YTR-2330
  • Bach TR300
  • King 601
  • Jupiter JTR700

Trombones:

  • Yamaha YSL 354
  • Bach TB301
  • King 606
  • Jupiter JBT700


Baritones:

  • Yamaha YEP-201
  • Jupiter JEP700 Series

Tubas:

  • Coming soon!

Percussion Stick Brands:

  • Vic Firth
  • ProMark
  • HingeStix