Buying a musical instrument can be a big decision, especially if its your first time, or your musical experience extends only to the recorder in grade 3. We know there are a lot of external factors that can come into play during this process- budget being the biggest one. At MME we always lead with honesty and transparency, so before you spend your hard earned cash on an instrument from online (or a supermarket) let us explain why the cheap instruments might end up costing you more in the long-run.

  1. Durability: Cheap instruments are often made with lower-quality materials, which means they can break or wear out quickly. A better instrument is built to last, saving you money in the long run because you won’t need to repair, service or replace it as often.
  2. Sound Quality: High-quality instruments are made with better materials and craftsmanship. This means they can produce a richer, more beautiful sound. It’s like the difference between listening to music on a high-end stereo system versus a cheap, tinny speaker. Now we know sound quality isn’t a huge deciding factor when starting out (beginners would sound average on a professional instrument!) But down the track, sound quality will become more important, and your child (or yourself) will find this will become a bigger issue, and an upgrade may need to come sooner.
  3. Easier to Play: Good instruments are designed to be more comfortable and easier to play. They have precise mechanisms and smoother keys or valves, which make it easier for beginners to produce the right notes without struggling. Some are also better designed for smaller hands. If your child is struggling to comfortably play their instrument, they may not want to continue.
  4. Resale Value: If you ever decide to stop playing or want to upgrade to a different instrument, a high-quality one will have better resale value. People are more willing to buy a used good instrument than a cheap one.
  5. Learning Experience: Learning to play an instrument can be challenging, and having a good-quality instrument can make the process more enjoyable. It’s like learning to drive in a comfortable, well-maintained car versus an old, unreliable one with no power steering!
  6. Motivation: When you have a nice instrument that sounds great, you’re more likely to practice and stay motivated. Playing a good instrument is more satisfying, and you’ll see faster progress in your musical journey.

So, investing in a better quality brass or woodwind instrument is like investing in your musical future. It can make your learning experience more enjoyable, help you produce a beautiful sound, and ultimately save you money in the long term. It’s worth considering, especially if you or your child is serious about playing and improving their skills.