Independent Music Playing for Keeps

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Apr. 1, 2013 12:00 am  

They bend and break easily, Duerr said, but IMS can’t get parts for many of the off-brand instruments and can’t guarantee that repairs will last long enough to be worth the cost.

“There are several brands we won’t work on at all,” he said. “We can fix them, but in a week it’s not working again.”

Which brands? Duerr doesn’t name names. The industry has been scared into silence by a huge settlement paid by a Dallas music store for disparaging the quality of the First Act brand of low-priced instruments.

Duerr suggests that parents of band students stick with long-established brands and even consider used instruments if the price is right. After all, IMS can make a used instrument play like new. 



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