How to Acquire an Orchestra Instrument

Last Updated: 3/4/2022 6:46 PM

Acquiring an Instrument for Orchestra class can be challenging, especially when everything is brand new!  Please allow me to offer these suggestions for renting or purchasing a string instrument.

  1. Please do NOT purchase an instrument from anywhere that sells food.  Regardless of location, if they sell food they are not focused on providing your child with a quality instrument.  This also includes resales.  If you find a "good" listing online, please ask Mrs. Stone.  Purchasing an "online special" or ISO (Instrument Shaped Object) for your child often results in an unplayable instrument that literally falls apart.  Learning to play an instrument is not easy, and your child's first year will be the one that determines if they will keep playing or quit.  Please help them to be set up for success!
  2. Please ask for help before spending money.  Mrs. Stone is here to help, she wants to help your child choose an instrument that will be good for them. 
  3. Use our local experts at Eckroth Music or the local experts at Music Villa to help you.  We are very fortunate to have these wonderful music stores right here in town.  Please consider using one of these resources for your instrument.
  4. If you have ANY problems acquiring an instrument, please contact Mrs. Stone.  There are some instruments available for students with a need.


Trusted Online Music Stores 

While a physical music store often provides the best option for renting or purchasing an instrument, these are some trusted online venders of string instruments. These stores have a reputation for providing good quality instruments for beginners and intermediate students.  Please remember, DO NOT purchase an instrument from any stores that sell food.