After taking lessons for a year, I decided I was serious enough to purchase something better than my Eastman v100. I flew to Portland Oregon, about a 1 hour flight, and spend two days going from shop to shot trying instruments with the help of my teacher. She was there anyway so it wasn’t much out of her way.
In any case, playing and listening to that many wonderful instruments was a bit like being in a candy store. I wish I could work in a trip like that once a year. What a joy.