Buying/Renting an Instrument

Buying/Renting a Band Instrument

As with most products, there are a large variety of musical instrument models and brands available to the consumer. The Oakwood Music Department is not in the business of selling or promoting specific musical instruments or music companies. However, it is in everyone’s best interest that parents purchase or rent a quality instrument from a reputable vendor. Below is a list of instrument brands and models that we recommend for beginning band students. Although we recommend any of these instruments, this is by no means a complete list of acceptable brands and models.

If you have a question about a specific model or brand of instrument, please feel free to contact a member of the music department prior to purchasing the instrument. Remember, when buying a used instrument, it should be checked out by a qualified instrument repair technician. Flute Trombone Brand Model Level Brand Model Level Gemeinhardt 72SP Beginner Yamaha YSL354 Beginner Yamaha 221 Beginner Bach 210 Intermediate Gemeinhardt 3SHB Intermediate King 606 Beginner Yamaha 361 H Intermediate Clarinet Trumpet Yamaha YCL 200AD Beginner Yamaha YTR 200AD Beginner Selmer 300 Beginner Bach TR300 Beginner Buffet B10 Beginner Yamaha YTR 2335 Beginner Yamaha 250 Beginner Bach TR200 Intermediate Buffet E11 or E12 Intermediate Note: We recommend using a Vandoren B45 mouthpiece for all clarinets. Please buy three # 2 . reeds and three #3 reeds. Vandoren reeds are preferred.

Buying/Renting a String Instrument

Unlike band instruments, there are not specific brands of string instruments that are recommended for beginners. Instead, it is important that the instrument is set up well (good bridge, strings, bow, etc.) and is easily playable. By renting from a reputable store, they will ensure that the instrument is in good shape to play. If you choose to purchase an instrument, please do not buy a cheap instrument online. Although it might be cheaper at the beginning, it will not last long and there will be many issues that will involve more money later on. Also, they usually have a poor quality in sound. If you are thinking about buying a new or used instrument, please contact Jordan Millard prior to purchasing to make sure that the instrument you are buying will work well for your child.

Wind Instruments String Instruments:
Hauer Music- (800) 544-2837
Baroque Violin Shop - (513) 541-2000
McCutcheon’s Music- (937) 435-2900