Purchasing a Music Instrument for Your Student!
Ok, I know that I'm usually dealing with musicians here, so here
are a few tips on how you can buy an instrument with out
spending a ton of dough. Also, if you do not purchase
instruments regularly, here are a couple tips to help you out
with the process.
Buying a Musical Instrument as a Gift. First of all, do not buy
a person a musical instrument for a birthday or holiday without
finding out from them personally what they want. Musicians are
usually very touchy about what type of instrument they use. I
personally prefer to play on a professional level trombone,
usually a Bach Stradavarious 42 series professional instrument.
I also like to use a 6 1/2 AL mouthpiece. The point of all of
this is that without having specific information you should
never purchase a instrument for someone else.
Having said that, there are of course other gifts that you could
easily purchase for musicians though, such as the music apparel
at our Web site. (www.Ellistrations.com)
New or Used ?
Before you do anything, sit down and think about who you are
buying for. If you are buying a musical instrument for a person
who has been playing for awhile, you can then consider buying a
more professional model. As I stated before, you may need to sit
down and discuss with the person you are buying for what type of
model and make they would like to have.
Of course, if you're buying for yourself you already know this
information. The question then becomes, should I buy a new
instrument or a used instrument? Even if you have been playing
for awhile and would like a decent instrument, you should
consider buying a used one.
I have a personal story about how I was thumbing through the
newspaper and came upon a brand-new Bach trombone. Now, I don't
know why I drug my feet on contacting the people that were
selling the instrument, but I did not pursue the instrument for
couple days. When I called the lady to selling the trombone, I
found out that the floor was brand-new. And to make matters even
worse, she had just sold the before I called her. When I asked
her how much she let the instrument go for, she replied $600! I
was absolutely stunned and upset that I did not call her sooner.
When I went on eBay later on that day, I saw the same model
trombone being sold for $1800! Oh, how I wanted to kick myself!
So you can find good instruments that are in excellent shape,
for very reasonable prices. As I briefly mentioned earlier, the
advent of eBay has changed everything. You can now go on eBay
and look at all kinds of different musical instruments being
sold for very reasonable prices.
Here's a technique I use for purchasing things on eBay that help
me get great bargains. Whenever I am looking for an item on
eBay, the first place I check of the newly listed instruments.
Many times on auction sites people who do not understand what
they are doing, list items at a very cheap price. Sometimes they
put them at BUY IT NOW prices, which are prices that you can
purchase immediately the item you want without waiting for the
auction to end. These BUY IT NOW items that are sold by people
who really don't know what they are doing yet, are where you
will find your bargains.
I have bought cell phones this way as well as many other things
and dirt cheap prices. So by watching the BUY IT NOW prices, you
can many times find a good sale.
If you really want to find bargain music instruments, go to a
lot of yard sales and even off-line regular auctions. Many times
businesses will go bankrupt go to sleep and had and they will
auction off their wares and this is a great place to find good
musical instruments which are high-quality at unusually low
How Much do You Want to Spend?
Here is the Ellis method for spending money on musical
instruments. First of all, if I am buying for a young person who
is just learning, I will try to purchase a used instrument. The
reason for doing this is because you do not know if a beginner
is going to continue on with music or not. Kids have a very
romantic idea of what it takes to be a musician. They see the
instrument, whether it is a shiny new trumpet or a neat looking
Drum set and their eyes get extremely wide and their pulse
starts to race. But, once they set their tailfeathers into a
chair and begin to practice and do the work that is required,
the honeymoon is over, so to speak. Kids get very discouraged,
and for whatever reason fall of love with the instrument. If you
have purchased a brand-new instrument now your task is to sell
that instrument again as much money back as you can. However, I
have bought clarinets that are good-quality for beginners off of
eBay or out of the newspaper at a fraction of the cost of a new
instrument. Later, when the student does not want the instrument
anymore, I can sell it and get most of my money back.
If you're looking for a musical instrument for yourself as a
professional model, depending on what instrument you are
performing on, things can get very expensive very quickly. As I
said before there are different channels for finding
instruments. But, be that as it may, if you're purchasing an
instrument for serious musician or yourself you can expect to
pay anywhere from $2000-$5000 for breast instrument (unless it's
a large instrument like a tuba ). If you're playing a bassoon
you can actually get into the $20-$30000 range very quickly.
Manufacturer & Model Since musical instruments are significant
purchases that can last a lifetime, researching the quality of
the manufacturer and model is imperative. Asking experienced
musicians in person and in online music communities are the best
means of gathering information. The reviews available from
retailers are also useful, although they sometimes downplay
negative features. Where To Buy There are three primary sources
of musical equipment: retailers, auctions, and one-on-one sales
like newspaper classifieds. If you're willing to spend some time
sifting through auction or personal listings for a diamond in
the rough, you are likely to find a good deal. If you need the
gear now and want to go retail, a price-comparison service like
MySimon is invaluable.