Just as participants in any other specialized activity move to better equipment to improve their performance, musicians are constantly striving to find mouthpieces, reeds, and instruments which enable them to progress toward their full potential. For many students, the first two years of high school are a time to consider investing in a better quality instrument. Models that students used in 6th grade are appropriate for beginners, but these instruments pose limitations for musical growth and improved technique. It is a fact that students are unable to perform any better than the quality of the equipment they use. Race car drivers do not drive Chevettes, marathon runners do not race in Keds......top-notch musicians do not play the instrument that they rented "way-back-when." The more advanced models of instruments do cost more, of course, but it is a worth-while investment. If the price of a professional level instrument is too costly, at least invest a few dollars in a better mouthpiece and/or reed. What "came in the box" in sixth grade is simply too generic now.