We want to make purchasing a horn a fun and rewarding experience. That is why we have developed visual guides of our beginner instruments - to help you make an educated decision.
At Getzen, we understand the early years are the most crucial in the education of a young musician. The availability of a quality instrument is key to the development of their skills. However, it is unrealistic to expect parents to spend several hundred or thousands of dollars on an instrument for a child that may or may not stick with it. There are several things parents need to consider before making the decision to purchase a new instrument for their son or daughter. Here are just a few questions and answers that may help you with this decision.
Q: My 12 year old decided to join the band. Should I buy a brand new horn or rent one from the local store?
A: Rental or lease programs are often great choices for many parents. With low initial investments, flexible payment plans, and included maintenance plans a rental program is very attractive for equipping the beginning player. They are a great way to get started until your student advances to the point of knowing that he or she is going to stick with the band. Also, many dealers offering rental programs work side-by-side with the local educators ensuring that you will be receiving a quality instrument that is approved by the school's band director.
Q: Before I decide what to do, what should I look for in a student horn?
A: When considering what qualities to look for there are two things you need to remember. First, this is a tool for your child's education. Making a decision based solely on price could be a considerable handicap to your youngster. The second thing you need to consider is that this instrument should be able to last at least three to four years. This is due to the fact that after that long, most students have advanced to the skill level that they are ready to move up to an intermediate or even professional level instrument. There are three basic issues that need to be addressed to determine the quality of an instrument.
Q: I decided to buy a horn, now where should I go shopping for it?
A: While some parents find internet auction sites attractive
for finding good deals on used instruments, a great deal of caution should
be taken. It is difficult to determine the actual condition and quality
of a used instrument without actually touching, playing, and looking
it over in person. If you do decide to go with a used horn, have it looked
over by a quality repair shop in your area. When shopping for a brand
new instrument parents have basically three options. They can buy from
their local music store, from an internet retailer, or from a discount
store. There are pluses and minuses to all three. The least expensive
of the three is generally the discount retailers. However, often times
they lack any kind of service and only offer low, low end student instruments.
When considering quality as well as price, online retailers are very
attractive. Great deals can be found online for quality student horns,
however, they lack some of the service advantages found at local music
stores. At your local music store, your child can hold and play test
the instrument before you buy it. You can also take advantage of the
knowledgeable sales staff for advice and recommendations. The local store
is also the ideal location to take the horn for future repairs and maintanence.
In the end, parents have to weigh all three options and decide what is
most important. Price, quality, service, or a balanced combination of
If you're looking for a brass instrument that meets these criteria, look no further than the Getzen 300/400 Series line of trumpets, cornets, and trombones. Our student horns are built by the finest American craftsmen to the highest possible standards while keeping retail prices low. With features not found on other student instruments such as hand spun bells, precision honed nickel pistons, hand lapped slide tubes, and manually straightened handslides it's plain to see why they are slightly more expensive than some import "instruments". However, as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for and every Getzen 300 & 400 Series instrument is built to last and is backed by our 5 year Gold Warranty and legendary Lifetime Valve Warranty. Most importantly though, each is built to perform and to grow along with your young musician.