Things to consider when you are looking for an instrument:

Renting vs. purchasing:

If you are afraid to spend the money to purchase a good quality instrument because you fear your child might stop playing, consider this:

If you have decided to purchase an instrument there are many things to consider and weigh. It is a very good idea to discuss it with a music teacher (or two).  They are usually very happy to help. 

See the page on "your instrument" for some recommended makes and models

Think of shopping for an instrument like shopping for a car.  Here are some things to keep in mind.