I agree with Taboot. If she has a good instrument already, and/or if a $900 instrument would be a step down, I think I'd lean toward installing a pickup of some sort to the instrument she already has. Even the Schertler is well within that range with preamp and all. Then again, a McIntyre feather with a decent preamp is an even more economical alternative.
"Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldnt be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesnt know that so it goes on flying anyway."
Newell A5 #37, Glenn F5 #66, Eastman 615 #537,