Deciding to rent or buy your instrument is just one step in the process. Once you've decided the best option for you, there are a few more items you don't want to overlook:
Tips for Selecting the Perfect Beginner Instrument
Tips for Selecting the Perfect Step-Up Instrument
Regardless of whether you're shopping a local music store, online, or individuals for a new or used beginner or step-up instrument, you'll want to make sure that the instrument is approved by your private instructor or your band/orchestra director. The best option when you've found an instrument you believe is acceptable is to agree to buy it, conditionally on the teacher approving the instrument as suitable. If you can actually show the instrument to the teacher, that is the best option. If not, take lots of pictures from different angles, and don't leave the store or individual without having written down the model number and serial number to give to your teacher.
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