We are on year 3 of band. When we started, I refused to "rent" a saxophone for $40 a month. 1st off, it's expensive and we could not afford it. 2nd, there was no way I was spending $1400 on a brand new sax, renting or not for a 12 year old! Who's to say he's going to like it or want to stick with it?! I told his band director that if he couldn't find one to borrow, then there was no way he could play. (It makes me sad that these schools do not have instruments for kids to use.) Turns out he loves it and does well. On top of that, once you move up into 7th grade, you're supposed to "upgrade" to a better model. WHAT?! Seriously?! Well, I happened to luck out at the end of 6th grade and found him a nice used one on Craigslist. And much to my surprise, it was a better model and we didn't have to worry about upgrading! (NOT that that was going to happen!) So imagine my dismay when he came home one day and said he wanted to upgrade to a tenor sax. I'm sure my eyes bulged a little. ;) But I started watching Craigslist again....and again...and again. Nothing under $2000+...I told him "good luck" as that was not happening.
At the beginning of February, I saw a posting. I ignored it as I really didn't want to spend the money at that point. I decided to give it a week and see what happened. Plus, I was waiting to see if he'd find it and start bugging me. He didn't. A week later I looked again. It was still there. :( I decided to contact the person to see if it was actually still available. It was. So I decided to scrape together the cash and do it. Because if I didn't, come May/June when we're getting ready to start marching band, I'd be KICKING myself for not doing it. I know this for a fact. I just do. And, since she was up near Clarksville and I way southeast of that, we agreed to meet in Nashville. I took him with me...boy was he excited...to say the least. (He even offered me his Valentine's money toward it.)
I tried to explain to him that we needed to not appear too eager and make sure everything looked ok. We don't want to pay for something and then turn around and have to spend a few hundred $'s to have the pads redone. He understood...ha...yeah right.
But after looking at it, it was well worth the money. There is a big dent on one side of it, but I'd rather it be on a used instrument than it happen to a NEW one! I would come unglued! ;) He took it in to show his director (I was expecting an "it's ok" type comment, but (from what I've heard), he was rather impressed. (These directors now days want "the best", which I can understand...our band has come in 2nd place at the state level, so they are very good....but geez, we're not made of money!) I got more grief from THE KID on the struggle to get in on/off the bus! He said his bus driver didn't really like it. Bwhahaha...well, when SHE pays me to cart your butt to school, I'll drive you. For now, deal with it. (She has since given him a seat to put it in.) On top of that, it shouldn't be a big deal since you're not playing it until next year. "Oh no, Mr L. wants me to play it the rest of the year", he told me. (:O) Apparently he did like it! And since he still has to play his alto sax for jazz band on Tuesdays/Thursdays, I DO have to take him on those days as he cannot take 2 instruments on the bus. (I still shake my head at my luck!)
Kid #2 starts band next year...he's playing a SAX! I'm not shopping for any more instruments! ;)
I lucked out and saw a great giveaway on facebook Saturday night...I was going to save up for Oh So Posh's Bohemian Symphony action collection because I love how they look, but Lidia had a great deal going and I snagged it. I just love how this picture turned out! (Rollover for before/after.)