Instrument and Equipment Upgrades

Recommended list of band instruments/equipment

As your child takes the next step in his or her musical career by joining the Siegel High School Band, you will find it much easier to tackle the musical demands on an instrument of greater quality. For many of your students, this will be their 4th year in band and just like a child can outgrow a pair of shoes, they can outgrow their instrument as well. Below is a listing of step-up and professional level band instruments and equipment you or your student may be interested in purchasing.

Generally speaking, a beginning level instrument (typically one that was rented when a student joins band) is made with a smaller bore and utilize cheaper materials, which can make getting a good sound more difficult for a student. A step-up instrument is typically features a larger bore size and additional keys and/or slides to help make the challenges or high school level music more manageable. A step-up instrument is ideal for a student who is looking for a great instrument to last them through high school.

Another instrument option is the professional level of instruments. These instruments feature the highest quality materials and the most features of any instrument type. These instruments are generally more expensive than a step-up instrument, but are perfect for students who might be considering majoring in music in college.

If a new instrument isn’t in your budget, perhaps a new mouthpiece might be a good option for you. Many times changing to a better mouthpiece can have great benefits for a student’s sound and is more cost effective than purchasing an entirely new instrument.

Whatever route you decide to take, please make sure to consult with Mr. White, Mr. Sears, or your private lessons instructor before making any music related purchase. We are here to help make sure you get the best deal you can on whatever you choose to purchase.

Local places to purchase instruments/equipment:

The Music Stop – 215 Robert Rose Dr, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 – (615) 217-6165

Concert Musical Supply – 217 W Main St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130 – (615) 896-6518

Music and Arts – 536 N Thompson Ln, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 – (615) 893-4241

 

Online instrument retailers:

Woodwind Brasswind – www.wwbw.com

Taylor Music – www.1800usaband.com

Hickey’s Music Center – www.hickeys.com

It is possible to find quality instruments on eBay or Craigslist or at the local pawn shop. However, if a deal appears too good to be true, IT PROBABLY IS! Please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. White or Mr. Sears to look over an instrument you have found online!

 

 

Woodwinds

Instrument Mouthpieces & Accessories Step-Up Professional
Flute:

An open hold flute with a sterling silver construction is the best for intonation. A B foot joint is also advisable on both levels of instruments. Step-up instruments generally have sterling silver headpieces while advanced instruments have sterling silver headpiece and body. All instruments listed here are open hold in construction.

 

 

Piccolo:

 

Gemeinhardt W4

 

Yamaha YPC62

Gemeinhardt 3SHB

 

Powell Sonare SF501 Signature

 

Yamaha YFL 381H

Gemeinhardt 33SSB

 

Yamaha YFL 687HCT

Clarinet:

Step-up & Professional clarinets are made of Grenadilla wood and produce a more full and resonant sound than beginning level instruments allowing them to play better in tune.

 

 

 

Mouthpiece:

 

Hite Premier

 

Vandoren B45

 

Ligature:

 

Rovner 1R Dark

Buffet E12F

 

Jupiter JCL 1100S

 

Yamaha YCL 450

Buffet R13

 

Yamaha YCL CSGII

Bass Clarinet:

Students may use school owned bass clarinets, but if you are interested in purchasing one, our suggestions are as follows:

 

 

 

Mouthpiece:

 

Yamaha 4C YAC 1276

 

Ligature:

 

Rovner 3RL Dark

Jupiter JBC 1000N Buffet 1193 Prestige

 

Selmer 67 Privilege Paris

 

Yamaha YCL 622II

Alto Sax:

These instruments offer improved construction, keywork, and craftsmanship for better tone and intonation. A high “F#” key is usually included.

Mouthpiece:

 

Hite Premier

 

Selmer S402 C*

 

Ligature:

 

Rovner 1RL Dark

Selmer SAS280R LaVoix II

 

Yamaha YAS 480

Selmer 62J Paris Series III

 

Yamaha YAS 82ZII Custom

 

Yanagisawa AWO10

Tenor Sax:

Students may use school owned tenor sax, but if you are interested in purchasing one, our suggestions are as follows:

Mouthpiece:

 

Hite Premier

 

Selmer S404 C*

 

Ligature:

 

Rovner 2R Dark

Selmer STS280R LaVoix II

 

Yamaha YTS 480

Selmer 64J Paris Series III

 

Yamaha YTS 82ZII Custom

 

Yanagisawa TWO10

Oboe:

Students may use school owned oboe, but if you are interested in purchasing one, our suggestions are as follows:

Fox Renard Artist Model 330 Fox 800
Bassoon:

Students may use school owned bassoon, but if you are interested in purchasing one, our suggestions are as follows:

Fox Renard 222

 

Jupiter 363

 

Selmer 132

Fox 201 Symphony

 

Fox 601 Symphony

 

 

Brass/Percussion

Instrument Mouthpieces & Accessories Step-Up Professional
Trumpet:

A silver plated instrument with a medium-large bore provides a good foundation for tone production. All of these instruments offer both a third valve slide ring and a first valve slide saddle for assistance in tuning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mouthpiece:

 

Bach 5C

 

Bach 3C

 

Mutes:

 

Dennis Wick Straight Mute

 

Humes & Berg Cup Mute

 

JoRal Bubble Mute

Jupiter JTR 1120S

 

Yamaha YTR 4335GSII

Bach Stradivarius 180S37

 

Jupiter 1602 XO

 

Yamaha YTR 8335IIRS

Horn:

Students may use school owned horn, but if you are interested in purchasing one, our suggestions are as follows:

 

 

 

 

Mouthpiece:

 

Holton Farkas MDC

 

Mutes:

 

Humes & Berg 121FH

Conn 6D Artist

 

Holton H379

 

Yamaha YHR 567

Conn 8D CONNstellation

 

Holton H179

 

Yamaha YHR 668

Trombone:

These trombones feature larger bores than beginning instruments allowing the students to produce a darker, warmer sound. They also include an “F” trigger attachment, which is extremely helpful in navigating the faster moving HS music.

 

NOTE: When purchasing a new mouthpiece, you should let the store know the make and model of your instrument as there are both small and large shank models of mouthpieces!

 

 

Mouthpiece:

 

Faxx 5G

 

Bach 5G

 

Loud LM-48

 

Mutes:

 

Dennis Wick Straight Mute

 

Humes & Berg Cup Mute

Benge 165F

 

Holton TR150

 

Jupiter 636LO Tribune

 

Yamaha YSL 448G

Bach 42BO

 

Conn 88HO

 

Getzen 3047AFR

 

Jupiter 1236LO XO

 

Yamaha YSL 882O Xeno

Baritone/Euphonium:

Students may use school owned baritone/euphonium, but if you are interested in purchasing one, our suggestions are as follows:

 

NOTE: When purchasing a new mouthpiece, you should let the store know the make and model of your instrument as there are both small and large shank models of mouthpieces!

Mouthpiece:

 

Schilke 51D

 

Loud LM-48

Jupiter 470S

 

Yamaha YEP 321S

Besson BE2052S Prestige

 

Jupiter 1270S XO

 

Yamaha YEP 842S

Tuba:

Students may use school owned tuba, but if you are interested in purchasing one, our suggestions are as follows:

 

Mouthpiece:

 

Conn Helleberg 120

 

Loud LM-7

Miraphone 186

 

 

Percussion:

Students may use school owned equipment, but suggestions for personal percussion items would include:

Kratt: Masterkey Pitch Pipe

 

Real feel practice pad

Innovative Percussion FP-3 Fundamental Package

 

 

For more suggestions on percussion equipment, talk to Stein.