Please do not buy this trumpet! I am a trumpet player currently in school getting my masters in wind band conducting. This is absolute garbage! Don't believe me?.... Ask your child's band director or any instrumental music store. He/She will tell you the same thing. This goes for the instruments listed as "band director approved" listed on ebay (or other obscure shopping websites). If you decide to purchase this product, expect your child (and the instrument) to fail miserably.Your local music store will have a low cost rental program, used instruments, and can offer you various alternatives to this piece of *expletive deleted*.