I just got the prices for the instruments that we do not provide (Flute, Clarinet, Sax, Trumpet) and I'm absolutely floored by the price increases. Flutes are $1100, Trumpet is $1500, Clarinets $1600, and Saxes $2400. This is absolutely unsustainable in my 85% title 1 district.
I'm going to start advocating the purchase of beginner instruments but that will take a while.
My question is this: For those who do not provide those instruments what are the more affordable options and brands of instruments before sending people to Amazon, which we want to avoid at all costs.