​​RANT COUNTY BAND

DRY RIDGE, KENTUCKY

Instrument information​​

Obtaining a quality instrument for your student

 Lease to own

Leasing to own an instrument is the easiest and  way to acquire and instrument, it is also has numerous advantages over buying an instrument outright.  This year, we decided to ask Miles Ahead Music  to take care of our rental needs. Their rental program is the best in the commonwealth.  They have the best rental prices (month to month contract),  best repair shop and will be available weekly at Grant County Middle School so that parents do not need to spend the weekend or night time traveling to any music store to fix an instrument or buy accessories.  Lastly, any rental credit you accumulate can be used towards purchasing the instrument,  changing to another instrument (should your student not like their first choice) or upgrading their student model instrument to a professional model (this happens when the go to high school.) Start your online rental here.
​​Miles Ahead Music is the main music supplier for Grant County Schools.  Please feel free to seek additional music companies for your need.  Miles Ahead music can be reached on their  website or at 859-624-5955
GCHS
GCMS
​Percussion
​Jazz Band
Winter Guard
​Pops Orchestra
Grant County Band Boosters
PO Box 194
Dry Ridge, KY 41035-0194


 Purchasing an instrument

Please stay away and do not purchase any "new" instruments regardless of their slogans "band director approved" and fake testimonials.  Sites like Amazon and eBay offer "new instruments" at very low costs and in very desirable colors such as blue, pink, etc. however these instruments are of very poor quality and often break within the first few days of playing.  In addition, music repairs companies will not work on these instruments once they are broken.  Basically, these instruments are made out of recycled patio furniture and consist of cheap materials and are unacceptable in our band program.

​Brands to stay away from include but not limited to: Allora, Berkeley, Cecilio, Conductor, D'Luca, Etude, First Act, Giardinelli, Guardian, Glory Brass, Hallelu, Hawk, Hisonic, Jean Paul, Kayata, Lazarro, Legacy, Le'Var, Mendini, Merano, Mirage, Monoprice, Novello, Palatino, pTrumpet, pBone, O'Malley, Queen Brass, Ravel, Reguri, Roy Benson, Schoenbach, Selmen, Tristar, Tromba ​​

​If you insist on buying an instrument through eBay or Craigslist, I advise the following:
​-Never buy a "new instrument"
​-Check for normal wear and tear
​-Look for a trusted seller
​-Be sure its advertised in working condition
​-Make sure  it comes with a quality case
​-Make sure  it has necessary accessories (mouthpiece, etc.)
​-Email the director to receive approval

Trusted brands include:

​Flute: Gemeinhardt, Yamaha, Jupiter, Armstrong, Accent 
Clarinet: Yamaha, Selmer, Buffet, Prelude, Jupiter, Accent, 
Alto Sax: Cannonball, Yamaha, Selmer, Bundy, Jupiter, Accent 
Trumpet: Yamaha, Bach, Accent, Getzen, Jupiter, Accent
Trombone: Yamaha, Getzen, Accent, Bach, Jupiter
French horn: Holton, Conn, Yamaha, Jupiter, Accent

​If you have any questions, please email Mr. McGrannahan

 Pros and Cons of purchasing a used instrument

Cons
  • ​Used instrument
  • ​You have to pay for repairs
  • ​You have to pay for maintenance
  • ​Not covered under warranty if lost or stolen
  • ​No equity in the purchase of a new instrument
Pros
  • One time payment, not always cheaper
  • ​Can sell the instrument at anytime