SECOND HAND INSTRUMENTS
All recommended instruments used by students are bought and sold on, making purchasing a high quality instrument suitable and affordable for beginners.
Purchase Price: $300 (your child uses for 1/1.5 years before needing to move up to the next size)
Sale Price: $270 (you sell directly to the next student via bank transfer. The $30/$40 is deducted from the purchase price as instruments become more worn over time)
Only recommended instruments bought directly from another student can be resold as their quality is guaranteed. Purchasing a poor quality instrument off eBay for $100 will have a resale value of $0.
All current second hand instruments are available to view in Forest Hill
NEW KG INSTRUMENTS
For top end student instruments, KG instruments offer the best value for money. We are fortunate to partner with Volker Beilharz who offers the best instrument setups and recommendations regarding the purchasing of new instruments. Many producers of string instruments are inconsistent in the quality of their instruments, but over time Volker has found KG instruments to offer the best consistency of quality and value for money.
When the instruments are received they come without a setup. To set up the instruments, Volker makes a bridge, fits the sound post, fits strings, rounds the pegs and smooths the nut to ensure the sound and playability of each instrument is maximised. Volker's attention to detail is unmatched and results in the best quality instruments.
Purchase Price: $800 (your child uses for 1/1.5 years before needing to move up to the next size)
Sale Price: $750 (you sell directly to the next student via bank transfer. The $50 is deducted from the purchase price as instruments become more worn over time)
HANDMADE ANITIQUE INSTRUMENTS
For advanced students seeking instruments with superior tones, our instrument bank offers the best value for students. All instruments are handmade, 100+ years of age and are purchased well under market value before being sent to Volker for restoration. Volker ensures each instrument has the best setup in order to maximise its tone.
Purchase Price: $500
Restoration Costs: $1000
Additional Costs: $500 (case, bow, strings etc.)
Sale Price: $2000 - $3000
Conservative Market Value: $5000
All instruments are retained within the program as they are rotated through students over time. Once an instrument is purchased we ask owners to resell back to us at the sale price and not sell elsewhere to make a profit. The effort put into finding and restoring these instruments is significant because we aim to provide students with the opportunity to play and perform on instruments with the best possible tone.
Students wanting to purchase these handmade antique instruments from outside the program can purchase for the conservative market value.
Many students have a large collection of previously passed books not being used and gathering dust. A great way to reuse this resource is to sell your old books secondhand to other students. Please see the information below regarding the selling and buying of secondhand books.
All secondhand books are kept at Forest Hill. Please contact to check if the book you are after is in stock and to arrange a time to come and view. If you wish to purchase a book you will need to send the owner a screen shot of the payment made via bank transfer before you take the book.
Please printout the secondhand book form, complete the form and insert in the front cover of the book you are wishing to sell. Leave the book at Forest Hill and you will receive a screen shot of the payment if/once the book sells. You may set the price relative to the condition you believe the book to be in. Please ensure all pencil markings are rubbed out before leaving the book to be sold.
Current Player: Trent Bunston
Origin: Mittenwald, Germany
Current Player: Aidan Andika
Origin: Munich, Germany
Current Player: Beth Foley
Origin: European factory instrument
Current Player: Emily Zhou
Origin: Obermarkt, Germany
Current Player: Michelle Zhang
Origin: Leipzig, Germany
Current Player: Jonathan Wong
Origin: Genova, Italy
Current Player: Asha Buttery
Origin: Geigenbauschule, Germany
Current Player: Joanne Alpen