Good advice above. The Yamaha 2300 student series are so available on Craig's List here in Utah that I can't believe they aren't all over your state as well. There are usually a half dozen for sale at any moment. Most are available for between $100 and $200. Also, if the if the sellers are close by you can see and have someone play the horn for you before purchasing it. The Donaldson site is a gem. So is the rent-it-first argument. In the latter case, the student my even get to start with a new horn. Yamaha student horns are very consistent in their quality.