Despite my best efforts to steer my 8yo boy to playing the guitar, he is somewhat obsessed with orchestras. He started piano this year and is progressing quite quickly. He has also picked up my old clarinet and taught himself to get some notes out of it. He now wants to own every instrument in the orchestra! My wife and I thought we would get him a flute as they are fairly small and relatively inexpensive. We planned to get him one from eBay which is around $150 Australian dollars that has reasonable reviews. I had also set up an alert on Gumtree, which I guess is an equivalent to Craigslist, for flutes. One showed up on the weekend for $100, and the seller said he knew it was good quality and it was cheap but he wanted it to go to a good home. I did a very quick Google check to make sure it wasn't cheap junk, then set up a meet to check it out on my way home from work. I didn't look in detail. The meet went well and from what I could see it looked in good condition and he was a normal guy, so I got it for $100. Christmas present sorted! On getting home and researching the make and model, we discovered that it is actually a high end concert flute. We were very surprised. I called a specialist music store this morning and described what I had, and they said that they sell them for $8,500!!!! Shocked is not the word. Now we need to look into insurance for it. And we are back to shopping as there is no way I'll let my son batter an instrument of that value at this stage of his 'career'.