2. No? But they never do in general. I do get "Miss" a lot, especially from younger ones.
3. It is more like "When does an instrument I want or need come at me at the right price?"
For example, I still have my beginner clarinet, and the R-13 I used in undergrad. A friend of mine was selling her old beginner flute, so I was able to buy it for $75 and some baby clothes. Another friend of mine found a Conn Director cornet in her grandfather's attic, so I bought it off of her for $50 and got it cleaned up. My sister gifted me an oboe made pre-WW2. She found it at goodwill for auction and put a $50 bid on it. It plays beautifully and had no cracks, so I play on it for fun.
I did spurge a bit on a bass clarinet though. It's a selmer paris with a low C. I found it for $900 at a chain music retailer. It was purchased by the Air Force originally, and beautifully taken care of.
If it's something I need, at the right price, and I can afford it, I may get it.
: A few questions. Answer one or all.
: What is your favorite can’t-miss TMEA
: Do you let your students call you by last
: name only without “Mr.” or “Mrs.” in front
: of it?
: How often do you buy a new or replacement
: personal instrument for yourself?