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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.

Beginner Flute Player

Do Your Research

If you've never played a woodwind instrument before, we recommend that you do plenty of research before buying the first instrument you come across. Whilst there's lots of information available on the web, beware over its impartiality; if you have a music teacher lined up, they may be able to offer their own recommendations on what to buy.

Bargains Aren't Always A Good Buy

Be wary of bargains, as they are often not the deal that they first appear to be. There are a large number of surprisingly cheap but poor quality instruments around, and buying cheap can, ironically, end up costing you more in repair bills, quicker upgrades etc. They are also typically harder to play, heavier, and have little to no resale value.

Stick With Known Brands

Our main recommendation is to stick with well-known brands 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 try out a brand new, great quality instrument without having to commit to 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. If you qualify, this is almost as good as 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 knowledgeable and will be able to give you appropriate advice on what might suit you or your child best.

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