Choosing the Perfect Wind Instrument:

A Comprehensive Guide to Student, Intermediate, and Professional Models

We design and price all of our instruments to make music more accessible for everyone. Our instruments offer best-in-class quality at about half the price of top brands thanks to our unique, direct-to-consumer operating model.

What you can expect from Jean Paul

All of our instruments have great intonation (ie, they are easy to play in tune), come with everything you need to play right out of the box, a robust 1 year warranty, and are fully serviceable.


This is one of the most critical things to look for in a wind instrument. Importantly, all of our instruments have great intonation. Everything from the top down to the bottom range of the instrument is relatively easy to play. And in case you were wondering - no, a professional instrument is not harder to play than a student instrument!


While all of our instruments across all categories come with everything you need to play, our professional lines all come with our best mouthpieces, cleaning cloths swabs, straps, etc. All of the accessories are available for individual purchase on our website.

Warranty and Maintenance

Being able to service your instruments is critically important. When you purchase a Jean Paul instrument, you get our 1-yr manufacturer’s warranty and the best customer support in the industry. Our warranty protects you against manufacturing defects, but keep in mind that all wind instruments need servicing and maintenance throughout their lifetime (just like a car!). We recommend having your instrument serviced about once per year. We are here to help you with any parts the repair shop will need and can help you get the instrument serviced as well. 

We stock all instrument parts at our Miami HQ and they are readily available to ship to you or your local repair shop.

What’s the difference between student, intermediate, and professional instruments?

This is one of the most common questions we get from parents and players alike. While the definition varies from brand to brand and is unique to each product category, we have put together a comprehensive guide to help you pick what is best for you at this time.

Build Quality

Professional-level instruments are made with more resonant materials, better silencing mechanisms, and more precision manufacturing. On the other end of the spectrum, the Student line is made with more durable materials and manufacturing techniques. This makes it a better purchase for someone who is just starting out! The Intermediate line also features durable construction and borrows some manufacturing upgrades from the Pro line.

Playing Experience

Enhanced ergonomics, precision manufacturing, and superior materials elevate the playing experience of a professional instrument, making it distinctly more enjoyable! However, beginners may not yet appreciate these nuances. The Intermediate series incorporates several ergonomic enhancements from the Professional line, offering a more satisfying playing experience for those with some musical background.

Tone and Projection

Constructed using highly resonant materials, the Professional line boasts exceptional projection and resonance. This allows for a richer, more powerful sound that fills any performance space.

Aesthetics and Hand Engravings

Professional series instruments stand out with beautiful aesthetics as well. On instruments made from brass, elaborate hand engravings adorn the instrument, adding a touch of visual elegance and uniqueness. Additionally, the Professional line often features unique stone key touches and other aesthetic enhancements.

Ok Great, But What Should I Get?

To keep it simple - If you’re just starting out, get the student series. If you have some experience under your belt but aren’t ready to make a larger investment, get the intermediate series. If you are serious about playing, get the pro horn. It could easily be the last one you ever need.

The Student Line is easy to play in tune; it’s durable (and comes with a case with a solid ABS-outer shell), and importantly: you can play anything and everything.

The Intermediate Line is easy to play in tune (sensing a trend here?), and borrows some features from the professional category. They typically include improved ergonomics and material upgrades.

The Professional Line is easy to play in tune, has big projection (it sounds louder), and has best-in-class materials and build quality; we pulled out all the stops and made the best, highest-quality instrument we could possibly make.

If you made it this far, congratulations! Knowledge is power, and we want to make sure you have access to as much information as possible. Be sure to check out the instrument-by-instrument guides for more details, and if you have any more questions, we’re always happy to help, just send an email to

Here’s to more music for more people!