Hello. I need some advice. My wife heard that one of my daughter's friends (who we've never met) would like to play trumpet in the middle school band but her family's too poor to buy her a horn or even make the $15 monthly rent on an instrument. Now, my wife being the softie she is, told me to find this girl a trumpet. She said we could pretend that we've had it a long time, never used it, and that she could "borrow" it indefinitely so that her financially-struggling parents wouldn't feel like we were treating them as a charity case.
My wife has no idea was a decent instrument costs. I was lucky and found a 1970s York student(?) trumpet on eBay for $60. It looks great but needs some soldering and needs a valve job. I also know of a guy who has a slightly used First Act trumpet that he'll part with for $60. I know. I know. This is probably a piece of crap instrument that originaly sold at Walmart but it's nice and shiny and makes noise.
I would like to help this kid out because I believe that music instruction in public school should be a right and not a privilege for only those who can afford it. Also, it would get my wife off my back. However, I'm by no means rich or I would buy every kid in town an instrument. I would like to get out of this as cheaply as possible and still look like the hero.
Thanks (and sorry for rambling on).