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posted: 11/17/2005 at 8:13:40 PM ET
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I'm normally a Flute player, but I've always adored the sound of a clarinet and was interested in learning to play, but don't know where to go to buy one. And I'm tight on money. Where would be the best place to rent-to-buy a Clarinet? Also is ebay a bad Idea?

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posted: 11/18/2005 at 9:42:01 AM ET
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Your local music store would probably be the best place to rent from. That way, if there's any problems with the intrument, help is not that far away, and you can actually establish a relationship with the store.

Internet stores can usually give you a better deal than local stores. But I'm not sure how many of them have a "rent-to-own" program. Mostly, you buy stuff outright from them and they'll offer to finance it if you can't afford the purchase price right away. So, you basically making monthly payments, like rent-to-own, except you don't have the option of transferring the rental payments to another instrument if you don't like what you've bought, and you can just stop "renting" without making the rest of the payments.

Ebay is typically a bad idea, for the most part. But you can find deals out there if you are extrememly careful, and you know exactly what you're looking for. If you're not sure of the brand you want or the exact specs of it, then I'd probably stay away from Ebay.

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posted: 11/18/2005 at 9:48:25 PM ET
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Ebay isn't good for instruments. I've seen too many people burned trying to save a buck or two.
Most instrument companies have a "lease- to-own" plan. Check with your nearest one. Stick with good brands. Selmer, Yamaha, LeBlanc, Normandy, Buffett, Noblet, Conn, Artley, Bundy. These are all good brands. Avoid like the plague anything from Sears, Penny's or Wally World (Sams Club). They are JUNK.

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