Reply To: Beginner Instruments on a budget
For the price of a brand new, lower quality brand, you could easily find something on the used market that is a great instrument. We were in quite a bind with instruments going into this school year, specifically low brass. I hit up Ebay and was able to get 7 baritones and 2 tubas for 5,000 dollars. Every instrument was in very good shape, some of them were almost brand new. Everything was Yamaha except for one king and 2 jupiter baritones. Included in this was a Yamaha 4-valve euphonium as well.
For example Etude flutes are $150 new and gemeinhardt 2sp can be found used easily for less and under $100 with some patience.