Suitability and Condition
Based on many years of experience, we have attempted to indicate the level of player we feel an instrument will work best for.
  • Professional
This type of instrument is widely used by professional musicians and is usually the pride of the manufacturer who builds them. Professionals, enthusiasts and even advancing beginners will find this type of instrument allows them to achieve many dimensions of tone, intensity and volume, hopefully providing them with a feeling that the instrument is ready to give them whatever they ask for.
  • Most players
Instruments of this type are good for most any playing opportunity. They offer near professional performance qualities which easily justify their additional cost over novice models. These instruments are recommended for everyone: professionals looking for a backup instrument; grade school and college students; adult enthusiasts and others.
  • Novice players
These entry level instruments offer the player easy response, more stability and in some cases lighter weight. Some have all the keys, some have a simplified key system. This type of instrument is most appropriate for beginning players through the fourth year of experience.


This rating indicates the current condition of the instrument. All instruments go through an inspection and adjustment before we sell them.
  • Mint/Exceptional
These are instruments that have been used for only a matter of hours over a few weeks or months and bear no significant marks of use. They have the same life expectancy as new instruments and often come at a much lower cost than new.
  • Excellent/Above Average
An excellent condition instrument shows only minor signs of wear, below what would normally be expected based on its age and usage. Some refurbishing may have ben done, such as cleaning and adjusting the mechanism. Many of these instruments have been used for only a matter of months.
  • Good/Average
These instruments are in good working order and average condition for their age. They have been well maintained during a number of years of use. You can reasonably expect this level of instrument to last for many more years with reasonable care and maintenance. Some minor defects that do not affect tone and playability may be present.
  • Fair/Below Average
These instruments have seen lots of use, and possibly some abuse. There may be defects in appearance, but they have gone through our shop and are fully functional. Extensive repairs may have been done, and while long term reliability cannot be assured, they do come with our three month playing condition warranty.
  • As-Is/Not Playing
These are project instruments, with repair still needed. Great for do-it-yourself folks, and repair persons. They do not come with a guarantee past the ten day trial.
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