Woodwind instruments have more wearing parts, including pads and corks, which have a limited lifespan and require regular replacement to ensure proper function. The keywork can also become bent from assembly and disassembly, making it essential to have a stand to keep the instrument safe between use. In addition, new pads compress over time, causing air leaks and making the instrument more difficult to play. Therefore, it's necessary to have a service 12 months after purchasing a new woodwind instrument.
Purchasing a quality used instrument from a reputable maker, such as Buffet, Artley, Armstrong, Bach, Conn, King, or Yamaha, is a better long-term option, provided it has been professionally serviced or will be serviced before use. A professionally serviced instrument plays better and removes all the fluids from the previous player, providing a more hygienic and enjoyable playing experience.