(805) 520-6830 ext. 7090 (Mr. Dabach) michael.dabach@simivalleyusd.org

Instrument Purchases 

If you decide to purchase instead of rent an instrument, ask yourself the following question:

WHEN IS A BARGAIN NOT A BARGAIN? 

WHEN IT COSTS YOU MORE IN THE LONG RUN

Giving a young musician an instrument that is of poor quality will lead to frustration. A poor quality instrument will be difficult to play and you will end up spending additional money in repairs due to inferior workmanship. There is a chance that the instrument may never play right at all.

A musical instrument is not like a car or TV. Each instrument plays differently. Just because it looks shiny and new does not mean it will play well. That is why it is not recommended that you purchase one through mail order, the internet, or a store that does not have an instrument repair service.

A quality, properly cared for instrument is easy to play and can last a lifetime. In the long run, it will save both time and money and give your student an advantage in learning to play his/her instrument. Prior to purchasing an instrument for your child please consult Mr. Dabach before placing your order.

Recommended Instrument Brands for Rentals

Woodwinds (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe & Bassoon):

Armstrong, Bundy, Buffet, Conn, Gemeinhardt, Jupiter (newer models), Holton, King, LeBlanc, Noblet, Selmer, Vito & Yamaha

Brass (Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba):

Bach, Bundy, Conn, Jupiter (newer models), Besson, Blessing, Holton, King, Selmer & Yamaha

Instrument Equipment Supplies 

Most of these supplies should come with rental or new instruments:

Woodwinds:
Extra reeds (size 2 for beginners), Cork Grease, Cleaning Swab, Key Oil, Small Screw Driver

Brass:
Slide Oil (trombone) or Valve Oil (Trumpet, French Horn Baritone & Tuba), Tuning Slide Grease, Mouthpiece Brush, Cleaning Snake

Strings:
Rosin, cleaning cloth, instrument polish. Shoulder rest for (violin and viola) and Rock stop for end pin for (bass and cello)