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  • Purchasing Your 1st Instrument

    Purchasing an instrument is a big step for all parents.  We’ve put four children through band ourselves and know full well what this decision entails.  We recommend starting with www.1800usaband.com ;  they offer new and used/reconditioned instruments with a 30 month same as cash payment option.   In addition they will also include an instrument maintenance kit, beginning band book, (Tradition of Excellence, book 1), and a folding wire stand for your child to use at home.  These instruments also come with a service agreement that will cover having the instrument repaired if something goes wrong and you are still paying on the instrument.

    There are two local music stores that offer rent to own programs on new and used instruments.  One of the benefits of having a local service contract on the instrument is when something goes wrong you just take it back to the store and they fix it.

    Online web-sites are:
    http://www.1800usaband.com/

    http://www.nemc.com/

    Band music stores in Little Rock, Bryant, and Benton:
    This first shop is local and sells reconditioned
    band instruments at a very affordable price.

    www.backstageguitargallery.com

    21941 Interstate 30 S # 8 Bryant, AR 72022
    (501) 653-0700

    Saied Music Company (North Little Rock) http://www.saiedmusic.com/

    Arkansas School Band Services (Benton) http://www.arschoolband.com/

    When you start looking at instruments, you will find the brands we request you purchase are more expensive than some others.  Suffice it to say it’s like anything else; you get what you pay for.  A cheap instrument is just that, “cheap”.  A student can’t learn to play an instrument that is broken all the time or just not fixable.

    We ask you do not purchase from department stores, discount giants, record stores, etc., or brands that are not listed on the instrument page.  They are likely VERY POOR quality and what’s more the repair shops will not even work on them when they break.  If it says, “made in China” Leave it there.

    You can sometimes find very good instruments at local pawn shops, and advertised in newspapers but look for the brand names we have listed and bring them to us to check prior to making a final purchase.  If the seller is not willing to either hold it so we can come by and check it or allow you to bring it to us, there is likely something wrong with the instrument.  Please remember these people are not experts in the field of music, they are out to make money and sell the things in their stores.

    Your child has been assigned one of the following instruments in next year’s beginning band, now what?  Click on the instrument link below to determine your next step.


    Flute

    We recommend purchasing or renting one of the following instruments:

    Yamaha YFL 221
    or
    Emerson EF1
    or
    Gemienhardt 25H
    or
    Jupiter – 511RBSO


    Oboe

    We recommend purchasing or renting one of the following instruments:

    Yamaha YOB 241
    or
    Jupiter 355


    Bassoon

    This instrument is furnished by the school subject to instrument availability. Bassoons are rented from the school for $50 per year. Rental fees are non refundable and payment of these fees will guarantee your child’s instrument for the next school year.


    Clarinet

    We recommend purchasing or renting one of the following instruments:

    Yamaha YCL 250
    or
    Jupiter 731NT
    or
    Selmer 1400B

    Students will need to have one of the following mouthpieces with a Rovner Ligature :

    Selmer B45 or
    Van Doren 5RV Lyre or
    Hite Premiere

    When purchasing the instrument, please specify the mouthpiece and ligature to the company you are dealing with.


    Saxophone

    We recommend purchasing or renting one of the following instruments:

    Jupiter 532L
    or
    Yamaha YAS 23
    or
    Selmer AS 500
    or
    Jupiter 767 GL

    Students will need to have one of the following mouthpieces with a Rovner Ligature :

    Selmer C* or Hite Premiere

    When purchasing the instrument, please specify the mouthpiece and ligature to the company you are dealing with.


    Trumpet

    We recommend purchasing or renting one of the following instruments:

    Yamaha YTR 2335
    or
    Bach TR300H, TR 500, or TR 600

    Students will need to have a Bach 3C Mouthpiece.

    When purchasing the instrument, please specify this mouthpiece to the company you are dealing with.


    French Horn


    This instrument is furnished by the school subject to instrument availability. French Horns are rented from the school for $50 per year. Rental fees are non refundable and payment of these fees will guarantee your child’s instrument for the next school year.


    Trombone

    We recommend purchasing or renting one of the following instruments:

    Jupiter 532L
    or
    Holton TR 602
    or
    Bach TB 301 or TB 600
    or
    Yamaha YSL 354, YSL 445G or YSL 447G

    Students will need to have a

    Bach 6 ½ AL Mouthpiece.

    When purchasing the instrument, please specify
    this mouthpiece to the company you’re dealing with.


    Baritone

    This instrument is furnished by the school subject to instrument availability. Baritones are rented from the school for $50 per year. Rental fees are non refundable and payment of these fees will guarantee your child’s instrument for the next school year.


    Tuba

    This instrument is furnished by the school subject to instrument availability. Tubas are rented from the school for $50 per year. Rental fees are non refundable and payment of these fees will guarantee your child’s instrument for the next school year.


    Percussion

    We recommend purchasing or renting one of the following instruments:
    Yamaha: SPK250
    or
    Pearl: PK-800 or PK-800C
    or
    Innovative Percussion: IPPK32

    These percussion kits have a small set of bells in them, as well as a stand, practice pad, drum sticks and mallets.