A new metronome or tuner are a great gift for the musician in your life. It is easy to find an inexpensive tuner/metronome combination either by stopping at a local music store or shopping online. A few choices that we recommend:
If you are going to buy a metronome only, an easy option would be to download a smartphone app. There are several cheap apps - and some free ones, too - that work just fine. A smartphone metronome will work just as well for 95% of the situations that a high school musician will encounter.
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If you are looking to upgrade or purchase a new instrument, I would ask (beg) that you first have a chat with one of the band directors. You can sometimes (rarely) find a great steal on Craigslist, but it is always a good idea to have a few reputable brands and price points in mind.
A great place to start with an instrument upgrade is the local music stores which will oftentimes have a "rent-to-own" program where you can try it out first and then any money you pay will be applied to the cost if you should decide to purchase.
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