Instrument Levels


  • More durable for a beginner to learn how to properly care for a fragile instrument
  • Less expensive to make band affordable for new players who may not be committed to their instrument
  • Fewer features, such as extra keys, to keep it simple for the beginning musician


  • Better fit and finish
  • Features required to achieve better tone quality
  • Upgrade in quality, while less expensive than a professional instrument
  • More features which are standard to professional instruments to allow for advanced technique



  • Variety of material options for musicians to choose the best style for them
  • Optimum sound quality
  • Highly production standards to ensure quality and consistency
  • Features to allow for advanced techniques



Moving up to the next instrument level is an investment.
What are the benefits of taking this big step?

  • Improved tone quality due to upgraded materials.
  • Better feel and response will help your student advance their technique and grow as  musician
  • Extra keys and features for increased range (on select instruments)
  • Better equipment will increase your student's confidence and motivation
  • As your student progresses, the challenges and demands of the music increase
  • Student model instruments can hinder progress once your student reaches a certain level
  • Increase in competition inside and outside of music program


How do you know when you should upgrade your instrument?

  • Has your student been playing for more than a year?
  • Is your student currently playing on a student model instrument?
  • Does your student feel restricted by your current instrument?
  • Is your student missing extra notes required to play more challenging music?
  • Is your student committed and serious about band or orchestra?
  • Did your student's band director or private instructor suggest an upgrade or notice improvement in their playing?
  • Is your student motivated?


Stepping up to the next level can be exciting, and you may have plenty of questions.

  • First, sign up for a consultation with one of our knowledgeable staff members. They will be able to assist you in a one-on-one appointment, will help answer all of your questions, and walk you through the process of choosing the right instrument for your student.
  • Do some research. Ask your band director or private teacher for some ideas on where to start, what they feel might best fit you, or what you should look for in a step-up instrument.
  • Check out our videos on what to look for in a step-up instrument!
  • Come to KBI to take a look at all we have to offer!
  • Silver-plated Body
  • Solid Silver Headjoint
  • Low B Foot
  • Open Hole Keys
  • High E Facilitator Options
  • Grenadilla Wood
  • Silver-plated Keys
  • Undercut tone holes
  • Adjustable thumb rest
  • Barrel size options
  • Ergonomic Keys
  • High F#
  • Blue Needle Springs
  • Engraving Options
  • Neck Options
  • Double Arm Bell keys
  • Silver-Plated Finish
  • Upgraded Braces
  • Fixed 3rd Slide Ring
  • Higher Quality Pinky Hook
  • One Piece Bell Available
  • F-attachment Trigger
  • Larger Bore Size
  • Different Bell Sizes
  • Large Shank Mouthpiece

Other Options Before Stepping Up

  • Sold Silver Headjoint for your Flute
  • New Barrel for your Clarinet
  • Upgrade your ligature
  • New Mouthpiece
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