There are many problems resulting from trying to be a bassist in the school orchestra. A double bass is too expensive to buy to have in the home for the musician to practice with, in order to make good grades in orchestra. The only practice she gets is in school, in the class!
Her grandfather and I could have made arrangements to provide one. But the main problem is keeping it safe at the house from getting broken by curious siblings.
I often wonder how this is handled in other families. People do study and learn to play musical instruments as they are growing up - but maybe they are all kids with no sibs!