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Recommended Brands for Student Instruments

Band Instruments:

Instrument Type Brand Name
Piccolos Antiuga Winds, Armstrong, Di Zhao, Emerson, Gemeinhardt, Selmer, Yamaha
Flutes Armstrong, Di Zhao, Emerson, Gemeinhardt, Selmer, Trevor James, Yamaha
Oboes Antigua Winds, Selmer, Yamaha
Clarinets Buffet, Eastman, Selmer, Vito, Yamaha
Saxophones Antigua Winds, Conn, Eastman, Keilwerth, King, P. Mauriat, Selmer, Trevor James, Unison, Vito, Yamaha, Yanigasawa
Bassoons Antigua Winds, Selmer, Yamaha
Trumpets/Cornets Bach, Conn, Eastman, Getzen, Holton, King, Yamaha
French Horns Bach, Conn, Eastman, Holton, Yamaha
Trombones Bach, Conn, Eastman, Getzen, Holton, King, Yamaha
Baritones/Euphoniums Bach, Eastman, Holton, King, Yamaha
Tubas, Sousaphones & Marching Horns Bach, Holton, Kanstul, King, Yamaha

String Instruments:

There is such a large variety of string instruments with some manufacturers producing both good and poor quality instruments. Therefore, you cannot go by brand name alone.

It is always best to deal with a reputable string shop and follow these basic guidelines:

  • A good violin should have a new list price no less than $540.
  • Violas vary in price by size and should have a new list price no less than $580 for the smaller sizes and $750 for the larger ones.
  • Cellos should have a new list price no less than $1250.
  • Fiberglass bows are acceptable for student instruments but they should have real horse hair for the bow string. Synthetic bow hair is not acceptable.

We carry string instruments from Gatchell Strings. They offer very fine strings at reasonable prices. See their website for more.

 

 

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