Buy an Instrument

Purchasing a musical instrument can be a daunting process. Different manufacturers, models, features and prices create a wealth of choices. The following is a list of suggestions and guidelines to help you make a more informed choice.

Overall Considerations

  1. Years of experience – a beginner and an advanced player have different needs.
  2. A new student model and a used professional instrument can be roughly the same price – both have their benefits and drawbacks.
  3. You needn’t purchase a more expensive model for a beginner. If they continue to play for many years, they will most likely upgrade to a better instrument at that time. A good quality student model instrument will be more than adequate for the first several years of a student’s development.

Most of these items will be available in music stores that sell band instruments. Music stores are listed below for a list of shopping options.

"Step-up" models are encouraged for the more serious musician. Instrument purchases for AISD students should be only from the brand names listed below.


Brand/Model Information

Purchase Comments


Geminhardt 2SP

Yamaha YFL-221S

Selmer FL301S

Yamaha YFL-481H (Step-up Model)


Clarinet (Plastic body)

Yamaha YCL-250

Buffet B-12

Vito 7214PC

Yamaha YCL-34 or Buffet R-13 (step-up model)

Ask for a Vandoren B45 mouthpiece with whichever model you choose to purchase. (More advanced players may want to consider a clarinet made from Grenadilla wood.)

Alto Sax

Yamaha YAS-23

Selmer Bundy II 1242

Vito 7131R

Selmer SA-80 II (Model 52) (Step-up Model)

Yamaha YAS-62 (Step-up Model)

Ask for a Selmer™ C* (pronounced "C-star") mouthpiece with whichever model you choose to purchase.


Yamaha YTR-2335M

Bach TR300H

King 601N

Bach Stradivarius Model 180S


Trombone (models with an f-attachment)

Yamaha YSL-448G

Bach TB200B

Benge 165FBach 42BO (open-wrap) (Step-up model)

Yamaha YSL-682B (Step-up Model)


All of the trombones listed here all have f-attachments. This is an extremely important feature as the student progresses and improves. As the student continues and band, a trombone without the f-attachment will impede their technical development and proficiency. If at all possible, please try to invest in an instrument with an f-attachment. (An instrument without this option, however, is an alternative.)


Stick Bag

 Promark PKDSB1 Stick Bag (or comparable)


 Snare Drum Sticks:

 SD-1 (Vic Firth or Ludwig)


 Bell Mallets:

 Ludwig M-23 (lexan)


 Xylophone Mallets:

 Ludwig M-28 (hard plastic) Ludwig M-4 (hard, gray rubber)


 Timpani Mallets:

 Vic Firth 1 (general use)


Pitch pipe: F to F (for timpani tuning), Folding wire music stand


 Brands listed above should be purchased, or an equivalent item in another brand.

Music Stores Around the World


Yamaha Music Plaza
68 Orchard Road
Plaza Singapura #06-22
6332-0142 / 6336-3311

301 Upper Thomson Road
#03-24 Thomson Plaza,

4 Tampines Central 5, #03-16A
Tampines Mall,

Accent Musical Equipment
66-A, Jalan Jurong Kechil,

Swee Lee Music
Block 231 Bain St.,
Bras Basah Complex

Talent Music
Block 7 Eunos Crescent #02-2659

The Band World
#02-30 IMM Building, 2 Jurong East St. 21


Lucky Musical Instruments
645/17 Petchburi Road, Between Soi 13-15
Bangkok 10400
(Between Soi 13-15)

phone: 02-657-0755
fax: 02-255-2597
mobile: 01-852-1213

Preecha Assawarungruang, Managing Director

Great Britain

Norman’s (link:
Third Avenue, Centrum 100
Burton upon Trent
Staffordshire DE14 2WD
+44 (0) 1283 535 333

Bonners Music Superstore (link:
56 Langney Road
Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 3JN
01323 639 335

Online stores in the UK:

United States

Woodwind & Brasswinds (online store) (link:
4004 Technology Dr.
South Bend, IN 46628
Within US 888-348-5003 
outside US +1-574-251-3500

International House of Music, Inc. (link:
399 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center (link:
11151 Veirs Mill Road
Wheaton, MD 20902

Music Showcase (link:
402 Oakfield Dr.
Brandon, FL 33511


Adams Music World/ Drum World (link:
Aziëstraat 17-19
NL-6014 DA Ittervoort
The Netherlands
Phone: +31(0)475 56 0700

Music All In (link:
Noordwijk bv., Hoofdvestiging en centrale Administratie
Keyserswey 63
2201 CX Noordwijk, Postbus 261
2200 AG Noordwijk
Phone: 071-361 5698 (5 lijnen)
Fax: 071-361 7607


Yamaha (link:
3F, #6, Sec.2, Nan Jing E. Rd. 
Taipei, Taiwan104, R.O.C
Phone: (886) 2-2511-8688 
Fax: (886) 2-2511-7599


Yamaha Product Manager, Ghayath Arakji
Modern Home – BD & P
Al Maha Cnter – Salwa Road
PO Box 615, Doha-Qatar
Phone: +974 42 578 17
Mobile: +974 65 963 65
Fax: +974 43 147 00

Music Stores on the Internet

The Woodwind and Brasswind | Ward-Brodt Music Mall | Sheet Music Plus | John Keal Music | Music 1-2-3 | J.W. Pepper | Hickey's | Brook Mays Music | Drums 'n' Moore

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