How to find a quality musical instrument

Two weeks ago, a friend of mine asked me on how to find a quality musical instrument like double reed in town. I told Paul that you must know what brand are you looking for. If you have a budget for quality stuff, it ranges from $200 and above.

He decided to check it out in a music store, few kilometres away from our place.  After he bought several stuff, Paul thanked me for giving an advise about it.