There is nothing more exciting than having your own instrument! Students who have their own instruments tend to practice more and take better care of their instruments. It is better to buy a better used instrument than a new cheap instrument.
There are many instruments out there. If you buy an instrument that is not on the recommended list you risk having to work harder than you peers to achieve the same result. Many new instruments will never play in tune, no amount of practice or hard work will help you make this instrument sound good. Choose your instrument wisely, and talk to Mr. Loney before buying any new instrument.
Below is a basic list of instruments that are recommended by the Gahr Instrumental Music Department. You are not limited to buying only from this list, but if you are looking at something that is not on this list check with Mr. Loney first.