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First Time Buyer's Guide

Buying your first woodwind or brass instrument

There's a bewildering number of makes, models and types of instruments available - in fact, it's fair to say that there's never been a more confusing time to buy an instrument. With so much choice, it is easy to get caught out by buying the wrong thing: not all makes and models are suitable for a beginner.

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Do Your Research

If you've never played a woodwind or brass instrument, we recommend that you do plenty of research before buying the first instrument you come across. There's lots of information available on the web - especially in forums such as the ABRSM 'Viva Woodwind' and 'Viva Brass' ones - and if you already have a music teacher lined up, they should be able to offer their own opinion on what to buy.

Bargains Aren't Always A Good Buy

Be wary of 'bargains', since they are often not the deal that they first appear to be. There are a large number of ultra-cheap, poor quality instruments around and buying cheap can, ironically, end up costing you more.

Stick With Known Brands

The best advice is to stick with well-known makes which have a proven track record. Many retailers carry their 'own brand' lines - some are good and some are awful! If you decide to go down this route, stick to reputable retailers who specialise in your particular instrument.

Taking the Worry Out of Instrument Buying

Is the price tag worrying you when you or your child may not stick with the instrument?

  •  Our Rent to Buy Scheme allows you to take out a brand new, good quality instrument without having to splash out on a purchase. Affordable monthly payments, with the option to buy.
  •  The VAT Assisted Purchase Scheme allows you to buy an instrument without paying the VAT portion. This is almost like buying brand new at a second hand price.
  •  A good quality pre-owned instrument can be a good buy. All our pre-owned instruments are fully checked and set up prior to sale, so will be in perfect working order. 
  •  We offer numerous finance options which can help break the price of the instrument up in to more manageable monthly payments.

If you're still unsure as to what to buy, you are always welcome to get in touch. Our friendly staff are experts in educational instruments and are able to give you appropriate advice on what might suit you or your child best.

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