NOTE: When you go to a music instrument shop and start asking questions, if the person to whom you are talking is knowledgeable and helpful, then you’re in the right place. If they don’t seem to know the answers or talk too much without really listening to you, chances are you’re in the wrong place!
As with any service, quality also varies greatly. Be sure you are dealing with someone who is trustworthy, reputable, and who can provide excellent references. Be extra careful when inviting a service provider into your home to work with a child!
For most middle school first year band students the obvious choice is to rent the instrument.