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Buying and Leasing Instruments

Leasing to own an instrument is the easiest way to acquire an instrument; it also has numerous advantages over buying an instrument outright.  This year, we decided to ask Willis Music from Florence, KY  to take care of our rental needs. Their rental program is the best in the Commonwealth.  They have the best rental prices (month to month contract),  best repair shop and will be available weekly at Grant County Middle School so that parents do not need to spend the weekend or night time traveling to any music store for repairs or to buy accessories.  Lastly, any rental credit you accumulate can be used towards purchasing the instrument,  changing to another instrument (should your student not like their first choice) or upgrading their student model instrument to a professional model (this happens when the go to high school.) Start your online rental here.

Please stay away and do not purchase any "new" instruments regardless of their slogans "band director approved" and fake testimonials.  Sites like Amazon and eBay offer "new instruments" at very low costs and in very desirable colors such as blue, pink, etc. however these instruments are of very poor quality and often break within the first few days of playing.  In addition, music repairs companies will not work on these instruments once they are broken.  Basically, these instruments are made out of recycled patio furniture and consist of cheap materials which are unacceptable in our band program.

​Brands to stay away from include, but are not limited to: Allora, Berkeley, Cecilio, Conductor, D'Luca, Etude, First Act, Giardinelli, Guardian, Glory Brass, Hallelu, Hawk, Hisonic, Jean Paul, Kayata, Lazarro, Legacy, Le'Var, Mendini, Merano, Mirage, Monoprice, Novello, Palatino, pTrumpet, pBone, O'Malley, Queen Brass, Ravel, Reguri, Roy Benson, Schoenbach, Selmen, Tristar, Tromba ​​


​If you insist on buying an instrument through eBay or Craigslist, I advise the following:
​-Never buy a "new instrument"
​-Check for normal wear and tear
​-Look for a trusted seller
​-Be sure its advertised in working condition
​-Make sure  it comes with a quality case
​-Make sure  it has necessary accessories (mouthpiece, etc.)
​-Email the director to receive approval


Trusted brands include:

Flute: Gemeinhardt, Yamaha, Jupiter
Clarinet: Yamaha, Selmer, Buffet,  Jupiter
Alto Sax: Cannonball, Yamaha, Selmer,  Jupiter
Trumpet: Yamaha, Bach, Getzen, Jupiter, 
Trombone: Yamaha, Getzen,  Bach, Jupiter
French horn: Holton, Conn, Yamaha, Jupiter

​If you have any questions, please email Ms. Wolfe


  • ​Used instrument

  • ​You have to pay for repairs

  • ​You have to pay for maintenance

  • ​Not covered under warranty if lost or stolen

  • ​No equity in the purchase of a new instrument


  • One time payment, not always cheaper

  • ​Can sell the instrument at anytime

instrument options

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Trombone
  • Alto saxophone
  • Euphonium
  • French horn
  • Tuba
  • Percussion
  • Trumpet
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