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Purchasing woodwind and brass instruments

There are many makes and models of musical instruments available and the prospect of purchasing an instrument can be quite daunting.

There are some well known makes of instruments and we have listed some of these below. You will be able to get an idea of a guide price by looking at the websites of various different retailers. Students approaching the end of their first year playing will have been given a list of our usual suppliers as a guide to where you might like to look.

There are many cheap instruments available now and Parents are warned to be particularly careful about buying unbranded budget instruments. These do not represent value for money and a poor instrument will inhibit your child's progress.

If you are in any doubt about the suitability of an instrument, please do not hesitate to contact your child's instrumental teacher for advice, or contact the Head of Woodwind or the Head of Brass at the Music Service Office.

Some well known makes of instruments

Flutes

Well known makes include:

  • Yamaha
  • Jupiter
  • Buffet
  • Pearl
  • Trevor James

Clarinets

Well known makes include:

  • Yamaha
  • Jupiter
  • Buffet
  • Le Blanc
  • Selmer

Brass instruments

Well known makes include:

  • Yamaha
  • Jupiter
  • Besson
  • John Packer

There are many other makes and reputable dealers will be happy to tell you about instruments which are comparable to those listed.

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