Buy or Rent ?
When choosing a clarinet for your self or your child, there are many things to consider.
Your teacher is the first person you should speak to and will advise you of your specific requirements. Once you know what kind of clarinet you are looking for it is important to consider the best and most cost effective instrument to purchase. If you are unsure, it is recommended that you rent a clarinet from W.A Music Co until you have the experience to chose the right instrument for yourself. This is a great way to get started with a great quality instrument with minimal outlay.
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Choosing a clarinet
Often people make the mistake of choosing the cheapest possible clarinet that may be of poor quality or condition. This can be very discouraging to students.
Your standard clarinet is a Bb clarinet and our two most popular brands would be:
Yamaha 255 as detailed in the following link:
The Yamaha YCL 255 is revered for its tonal quality, superb intonation, and terrific resale value.
The Jupiter 635N clarinet:
The Jupiter is a superb quality clarinet that comes at a very reasonable price
The problems with used instruments
When choosing the right instrument for you, it is important to consider the durability, resale value, warranty, and after sales service.
People often think by purchasing a second hand instrument they are saving money. However so many used clarinets have been poorly maintained and are not covered by any kind of warranty or support. When a clarinet has been poorly maintained, and then stored for a period of time in a cupboard, there can be a significant degradation of pad quality. So many people have bought a high quality brand name assuming that it is a guarantee of quality. Purchasing an older used instrument that requires extensive overhauling is rarely the most cost effective approach. New instruments have never been so affordable. On top of that, the feedback we receive from our clientele is that the resale value of these instruments is tremendously high.
Warranty, Repairs and Servicing
Is your instrument covered by a warranty ? Are there hidden costs if you have a problem with your clarinet ? Does the warranty cover parts and labour ? Are you buying from a business that has in house repairs or will your clarinet be sent to a third party ? How long does it take to get your instrument back? These are some important questions that you need to consider before buying your instrument. Finding a repair center that you trust is probably as important as finding the right instrument.
When choosing a new instrument from W.A Music Co you are assured of a comprehensive 3 year warranty on all of our range of Yamaha and Jupiter instruments. 99% of the time our in house repair center can fix the problem on the spot. If your instrument has to be more extensively repaired, our turn around times are rarely more that a couple of days.