Tips on Buying Quality Band Instruments
Before you start looking for an instrument, here are some professional tips on how to choose quality instrument without breaking your budget.
Each year, thousands beginning band students begin the wonderful pursuit of learning a musical instrument only to be frustrated with a low quality instrument. Unfortunately, some companies produce and sell discount instruments that are such a low quality, students don’t have a chance of succeeding in their first year of band or orchestra.
How do you know which instruments are okay for a beginner? It’s not easy since poor quality instruments look basically the same to the untrained eye. Their trumpets are just as shiny as better quality instruments and their violins can look beautiful at first glance.
A general rule for band instruments is to check on where it was manufactured. Almost all instruments made in the U.S.A. and Japan are good for beginners. Some quality brands include Artley, Armstrong, Bach, Benge, Blessing, Boosey & Hawkes, Buffet, Bundy, Conn, Emerson, Gemeinhardt, Getzen, Jupiter, Holton, King, Leblanc, Ludwig, Olds, Pearl, Remo, Selmer, Vito, Yamaha, Yanagisawa and Zildjian. Most band instruments manufactured in China are of very low quality.
In general, beware of instrument that are a lot cheaper than the others. The old buyer’s rule is still true: “You get what you pay for.”