Buying Guide: Band & Orchestra

Band & Orchestra Buying Guides

Overwhelmed with options? Let our Buying Guides help you identify the key features for the type of instrument you're interested in. We'll clue you in as to which features are most important, exactly what they're for, and how much they affect the final price.


Saxophone | Clarinet | Flute | French Horn | Brass Mouthpiece | Mouthpieces for Saxophones & Clarinets


How To Select Your Saxophone


Since its invention by Adolphe Sax in 1841, the saxophone has gone on to become perhaps the most featured wind instrument in pop and jazz. Modern saxophones come in a range of voicings. The most popular from high to low are the soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone. The soprano and tenor are tuned in Bb while the alto and baritone are pitched to Eb.

How To Select Your Clarinet


Purchasing a new clarinet, whether it is your first or a step-up instrument, is a big decision with many factors to consider. We would like to guide you in the process of buying a new clarinet by pointing out the critical features and components to consider in searching for the instrument that's right for you.

How To Select Your Flute


Not all flutes are created equal. Our Staff would like to guide you through all of the available options and configurations to help you choose the right instrument for your needs and your budget.

How To Select Your French Horn

French Horn

Due to its complex manufacture and the huge amount of labor required to construct a French horn, it is one of the more expensive orchestral instruments. This makes it especially important that you select the right instrument for your needs. Here are a few pointers on the basic differences between various models and their pros and cons.

How To Select Your Brass Mouthpiece

Brass Mouthpiece

Every brass player should have an understanding of how their mouthpiece works and what they need from it. Unfortunately, it usually takes years of experimentation for players to discover what type of mouthpiece suits them and their playing style best. Our staff would like to help you cut that search time down by guiding you through the myriad options you must consider when purchasing a new mouthpiece.

How To Select Mouthpieces for Saxophones and Clarinets

Mouthpieces for Saxophones and Clarinets

The easiest way to upgrade your clarinet or saxophone is to invest in a new mouthpiece. Our staff can help you find exactly what you are looking for in a mouthpiece, teaching you about the design and features that will not only improve your horn, but will also improve your confidence and performance. Only two woodwind families use a mouthpiece: the clarinet family and the saxophone family.