Whether you’re going to be buying your very first instrument or are looking to add something new to your collection, buying a musical instrument can be an exciting but also intimidating experience. Luckily, with the right planning and preparation, you can increase your chances of finding the right instrument for you at the right price for your budget.
To help you see how this can best be done, here are three tips for shopping for a musical instrument.
Be Ready To Ask Lots Of Questions
As with making any large purchase for an item that needs to be of a certain quality, you’ll want to be prepared to ask a lot of questions when you’re shopping for a musical instrument.
Some of the most important things you should ask the seller of the instrument are about the instrument in general and this instrument in particular. If the instrument is brand new, asking about the features and reviews from other musicians is a great place to start. And if the instrument is used, asking about the history of the instrument and the story behind it can give you a lot of great information that can help you make your purchasing decision.
Don’t Be Afraid To Try Used Instruments
While there are some things that you should be nervous about getting used, most instruments don’t fall under this category, especially if you know how to determine a quality instrument from something that may have been a little too well loved.
To tell if a used instrument is going to be a good match for you, make sure you’re able to see photos of the details of the instrument, like the keys of a used piano. Also, make sure you’re able to speak to the previous owner so that you can ask questions about things like how much the instrument was used, how well it was maintained, and why they are choosing to sell it now. And, before you use it yourself, make sure you clean the instrument well, especially if you’re going to be putting your mouth on it.
Try Before You Buy
Although it can be easy to buy an instrument off of the internet, it’s always going to be better to try the instrument before you buy it. This can be done by going to a music store or by setting up a time to meet with the seller before you exchange any more. You can also choose to work with an online seller if they have a return policy that works for you in the event that the instrument isn’t exactly what they had made it out to be.
If you’re looking to purchase a musical instrument, consider using the tips mentioned above as you prepare to go shopping.