A Guide To Buying A Musical Instrument

A Guide To Buying A Musical Instrument

Buying an instrument is like buying a pair of trainers. There are so many to choose from and at varying prices. This guide will help you make the right choice as to which instrument to buy for your child that will last them for future years. I know it is tempting to buy off e-bay and amazon, but a lot of these instruments are not fit for purpose and are meant as toys. Therefore, please refer to this guide before you buy as in the long run, it might save you money, especially if you want to sell your instrument on in the future.



The best make to buy is Mahalo. You also want to buy a ukulele with proper guitar machine heads and not pegs. If you follow the link below, this will take you to a site where you can pick up a good quality ukulele for under £20. A lot of ukulele at a cheaper price have strings that don’t work, are not glued correctly so won’t play in tune and also are much more difficult to play.




Now before you buy a violin, you need to know that there are different sizes depending on how tall your child is. If you buy one that is too big, then your child can’t play it because their fingers can’t reach the strings. As a basic guide:

If your child is below 110cm they will need a ¼ size violin


If your child is between 110 and 125cm they will need a ½ size violin


If your child is above 125cm they will need a ¾ size violin


Remember they will also need a shoulder rest as well.



Trombone / Trumpet

Some of the best brass instruments around are now made out of durable plastic. They make a great sound, are really sturdy, take a lot less looking after, are really colourful and more importantly cheaper!





These are a great little stocking filler for children up to 8 years old. They come with a book as well so they can play tunes instantly.




Please do not buy a cheap recorder as the cheap ones are toys. They are not in tune and don’t last more than a week. They break if they are dropped and also they come very loose after a few times of playing them.   The best make to buy is a Yamaha. You can have them in blue, pink or green. Another great stocking filler for 6 – 10 year olds.




The best make by far of keyboard is Yamaha. They are great quality and really robust. They never go wrong and are very easy to use.



If you are thinking of purchasing an instrument for your child and it is not on this list, please come and speak to me so I can give you some websites and certain makes to look out for. It really does make a huge difference to a child if they can have a good instrument to start with. You can also email me:


and I will be happy to give you any advice.




Peter Simons

Music Co-ordinator