Things to consider before buying new
You will need to decide if you want to buy new, used, or a third option: rent-to-own. All three of these option are favorable for different reasons. Buying new will ensure you receive an instrument with no dents, dings, or scratches. Woodwind instruments like the clarinet, saxophone, and flute all have parts that need to be replaced every so often from normal wear. Brass instruments like trumpets, trombones, French horns, and tubas also need regular maintenance. Common woodwind repairs include: replacement cork and pads, fixing leaks, lost pearls, parts may need soldering and keys may need adjusting. Common brass repairs include leaky valves, stuck mouthpiece and/or tuning slides, and broken water keys. The nice thing about buying new is you can rest assured the instrument is ready to be played.