The science of choosing a reed is a bit like the science of choosing guitar strings - there isn't one! Every player will have their own favourite brand, strength and even position, so it will take a bit of trial and error before you find what's best for you.

If you have been looking for a clarinet, it is likely that you will have been faced with choosing between wooden and plastic. The standard rule is that beginners use plastic clarinets and intermediate and advanced players will play a wooden one. If you are not sure which one is for you, we have put together a short guide of the advantages and disadvantages of each. Whilst keeping this in mind, the most important thing to consider is which one suits you!

Whether you’re a soloist or a fully-fledged frog-chorus of players or singers; making sure you get the correct music stand can make the difference of hassle and professionalism. How many times has an erroneous dead-leg kicked over a flimsy sheet music stand? How many times have you had to add of the bands branding onto a stand or move hundred from one place to another? Making the right choice from the start is the key point!

Before very recently, plastic instruments could be discounted as toys. They would be cheap, unusable in a serious musical fashion and would largely appear at Christmas, to be consigned to the attic shortly thereafter. Not so the the plastic trombone, shortened to 'pBone' - since it's release date (enter here?) the pBone has revolutionised the brass education sector like never before. Not only is it affordable, low maintenance and nearly indestructible, it's also a fully functional instrument - meaning anybody can start to learn to play the trombone for under £120!