Please Help The Jackson Jaguar Band Get to Pasadena!
Hey guys! Please check this video out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCO-LIBIgbs&feature=youtu.be Our marching band, the Jackson Jaguar Band from Jackson, NJ, was chosen to march in the Tournament Of Roses Parade for the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California in 2013 representing the Mid-Atlantic Region! Also check out this website: http://jaguarbandtoroseparade.com/ We can use all the help we can get and every little bit helps! Thanks so much guys, it really means a lot!
Even if its a respectable brand. You just never know what you’re going to get. It might work out for you, but it’s chancy. And that’s a chance I would personally never take.
After all, would you ever buy a car you couldn’t test drive?
You might be okay buying an instrument by a respectable brand DIRECTLY FROM THEIR WEBSITE. But I wouldn’t trust anything that comes of amazon or ebay or any other similar site.
2.) Avoid anything that comes in fun colors like purple, red, blue or pink. (electric instruments are an exception to this)
Those instruments are almost always crap. And even if you find a good quality one, the lacquer easily wears off leaving you with an ugly instrument.
Plus, nobody will ever take you seriously if your playing a bright pink instrument.
3.) Check out pawn shops. They actually often have decent instruments at a good price. But just be careful about it. Don’t trust any brand you’ve never heard of, and always play it before you buy.
4.) Get advice from other musicians. Music teachers are a wealth of knowledge. Its always worth asking them for advice on a brand and what not. Also ask other experienced musicians for their opinions.
5.) Always play it before you buy it. It might actually be a good instrument, but all instruments play differently. An instrument might be a good instrument, but that doesn’t mean its going to suite you personally.
6.) If you’re a beginner who doesn’t know what they’re doing. Look into renting an instrument instead. That way, if you wind up giving up on it, you don’t have a lot of money invested in an expensive instrument. Once you’re serious about playing, then you can start looking into buying a nice/expensive instrument. If you still insist about buying an instrument, and you don’t know what you’re doing, try bringing a musical friend who plays that instrument along with you (if you can). They can at least tell you if the instrument is any good or not. 7.) Don’t trust anything that’s not a brand you’ve never heard of. They might be okay instruments, but more often than not, they’re totally crap. If you’re buying something that’s not made by a well known music company, then you’re just taking a huge risk that could blow up in your face. Even if the unknown brand has good reviews, keep in mind, those reviews are often written by people who have no idea what they are talking about.
8.) You get what you buy. You might get lucky and find a deal somewhere, but most of the time, the quality you get from an instrument is directly proportional to how much it costs. If you buy a super cheap instrument….its probably just that…a super cheap instrument and not at all of a good quality.
9.) Research research research!
Before buying something always research it. Do other musicians think its a good instrument? Is another place selling the same thing for a better price? Does it come from a respectable brand?
10.) Keep in mind your future.
Obviously, unless you plan on making a career in music, don’t drop a ton of money on a super expensive instrument. If you’re just playing for fun, there are many perfectly decent student and intermediate level instruments out there that can suite you just fine and they won’t break the bank.
Also, if you’re into marching band, marching is very hard on instruments. Not only are you out in the weather, (rain is terrible for any woodwind instrument) but very often instruments get dropped. Most people I know only march with their “crappy” instrument so they don’t worry too much about ruining them, and then they save their nice instruments for indoor concert settings.