Rebecca, I recommend you convince him to sign up here (without telling that you already have) and get his username. Let us know by PM (private message) who he is and we'll quiz him to see what kind of equipment he already has and what he needs/wants. We can help you find something within your budget that he really needs. We may have to ask a mod to delete this thread first, though.
If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.