Since 1978, Woodwind & Brasswind has been a trusted companion of musicians worldwide. Throughout this time countless beginner, intermediate, and professional musicians have sought the advice of our expert sales team. Purchasing an instrument is a very exciting and involved process for all levels of musicians. These musical instrument buying guides were thoughtfully assembled to provide a basic knowledge of the instrument's construction, tips for maintaining the instrument, and answers to common questions. In each buying guide you will find a detailed image pointing out the major features of the instrument along with what types of features are important to the buying decision. You will also find comparisons of different levels of instruments side by side. These comparisons help you find the perfect instrument for your needs. Comparison charts are available for download for your convenience. Comparison charts are especially helpful for parents of beginning musicians who are looking for concise information. We have comparison charts available for the different levels of instruments (beginner, intermediate, professional) and also accessories. There is a wide range of makes and models for woodwind and brass mouthpieces. Our mouthpiece comparison charts allow you to see essential features side by side. This is also helpful for students looking to switch mouthpieces. Buying guides are important for many reasons. The concise and unbiased delivery of information helps you and your student find the right instrument. Buying guides also provide key features to help you and your student care for and maintain your new instrument. Many answers to many common questions are found in these buying guides. When in doubt, never hesitate to give us a call or send us an e-mail.