When you're first getting started with learning a musical instrument, you may not want to invest in a brand new, professional instrument. Thankfully, it's often easy to buy a used student instrument without spending an arm and a leg. Here are some tips on how to buy a used musical instrument.
Choose a Good Source
There are a few sources where you can find used musical instruments without paying the high prices of a dedicated music store. For instance, you may check your local paper and regional ads to locate deals nearby. Online bidding sites will often be a good source for buying musical instruments if you're patient about tracking your bids.
If you want a compromise between cost and quality, professional pawn shops, like Oppleman L Music, are a great option for finding musical instruments. Pawn shops can offer you a good deal on instruments, since they acquire them at a low price. A pawn shop may also be more trustworthy than an anonymous seller, since their reputation depends on the quality of their products.
Bring Along an Expert Eye
If you are buying an instrument that you can inspect before you make the purchase, it's a good idea to bring along someone who has expertise in the instrument. A local music teacher would be able to inspect the instrument and advise you on whether it's good quality or not.
Get a Demo
Hearing what the instrument actually sounds like can also help you make the right decision. Having a music teacher or a salesperson play the instrument can give you an idea of the sound quality. Even if you don't have this option, you should still blow into the instrument or test each key to make sure it works.
Factor Repairs Into Your Bid
Sometimes, when you're blindly buying a used instrument, you can expect that certain repairs will be needed. Old woodwind instruments may have worn out pads that need to be replaced. A used piano may need to be retuned. When you're deciding what price to offer for an instrument, consider the added cost of getting these repairs done first.
Buying a used musical instrument from a third party other than a music shop can be a great way to save money, as long as you're willing to spend the time to thoroughly investigate each instrument. These tips should help you successfully navigate the used instrument market.
In a month, my husband and I will celebrate our eleventh wedding anniversary. I can’t believe we’ve been married for so many years. One of my favorite aspects about our wedding ceremony was the music. I selected two country tunes and a religious song to be sung at our wedding. A couple from my dad’s church sang the religious song beautifully while my cousin’s husband sang one of the country song’s perfectly. I sang the other country song to my groom. On this blog, I hope you will discover some tips for picking the perfect musical selections for an upcoming, important event. Enjoy!