I'm a Pianist. I'm also an undergraduate Biology/Pre-Med student. I also give piano lessons every now and then. I don't have a lot of money, and I don't have a lot of clothes. I save up to buy a few good quality items first. That way I save money by not buying the cheap stuff that needs to get replaced anyway. I figure if you've gone without it for this long, then it's not going to hurt to just wait a while longer and save up to just get what you want rather than waste money on a crappy imitation and then start saving for the real deal.