Originally Posted by Pinoikoi
Anyway, we went and looked at one tonight- the keys were a BIT sticky, but it had a decent sound- (the owner tried it out for us but it was his stepson's- he was clearly not a trumpet player either), the color was coming off everywhere though, and it had a few dents.. we are looking at another tomorrow which seems a lot newer.. so maybe it will be in better shape. Here's hoping!
The color rubbing off, isn't in and of itself a problem except cosmetically, but it tells you the the trumpet isn't brass. If it's cheap enough though...
Originally Posted by Pinoikoi
.. but I have three other sons... do I buy an instrument that I hope will get "passed down" or is that too much of a far fetched dream?
No, don't plan to pass it down. I wasn't going to bring up my own story, but my parent tried that with me.
My older sister started clarinet in 4th grade. She was insistent that she loved the clarinet. She idealized clarinet players. Yada, yada, yada. So, my parents sprung for a nice clarinet for her. By half way through 5th grade she was completely over the clarinet.
Along I came and I was interested in the oboe. Now the oboe is a very difficult instrument, and also not a cheap one, but I loved it. I loved every thing about it, is sorrowful sound, even the smell of the stuff you put on the reeds. They rented me an oboe, for about three months. Not to surprisingly at the end of three months I wasn't playing sonatas.
My parents convinced the teacher (who taught all the woodwinds) to switch me to the clarinet midyear, since it was easier.
I missed my oboe. I hated my sisters old clarinet. Not to surprisingly I did not want to sign up for more clarinet lesson the next year, so I was blamed for not sticking to the clarinet.
So the next year, I decided to take up violin. My parents again insisted on renting, not buying. At least the violin was cheaper, and since it was easier, I managed to make satisfactory progress in the first three months, so they let me continue.
I played the violin for several years, actively participated in the school's orchestra, which included after school practice as well as school day lessons. My parents kept renting even once I was using an adult size violin. By high school, my parents could have bought me three cheap violins for what they paid in rental fees, but they refused to do that since thy still had that stupid clarinet that I
had not stuck to.
By high school it was also obvious that I wasn't going to make it into Julliard no matter how many more years I put into it. So, even though I wanted to continue to play just for the joy of it, my violin was returned to the shop it was rented from, and I was not allowed to sign up for anymore lessons
Maybe it's silly to blame the clarinet, but I always felt like if they didn't have that stupid clarinet sitting in the closet unused, they would have let me keep going with the oboe, or at least sprung for a violin.