Advice on Buying a Musical Instrument
Once a decision has been made to buy a musical instrument, it
is important to realise that there is a lot of difference between
the cheapest instruments and the most expensive. A beginner would
probably be better starting off at the lower end of the market
and then progress higher as their skills improve. A professional
musician would be looking at the higher end of the market to obtain
the quality of sound that they desire. The scale below illustrates
Beginners / Students
you are buying a new musical instrument, then a good look through
the Yellow Pages would help you to locate the local musical instrument
shops. It would then be worth visiting the shops to get a feel
for the range of prices and expertise that they can offer, a long
established shop maybe a good starting point as they have a reputation
to maintain. Many larger musical instrument shops have a practice
room where you can try out an instrument, however larger
instruments may have to be played in the shop.
There are also many online instrument shops these days which will
also give you a good idea of the price range. If you end
up buying an instrument from an online shop, don't
forget to go down to a local shop to see if you can test out a
similar model. It is important that you listen to the sound and
get a good feel for the instrument before you buy it. Some examples
of online shops are below and you can find more websites in our Useful
Buy, Sell and Advertise all Second Hand Musical
Instruments on the Net. Dealers, Shops, Makers and Repairers
also listed. One of the largest classified musical instrument
Another option to consider, especially if you are not convinced that
you or your child is going to carry on with the instrument, is to
rent the instrument. In this situation you will need to contact the
Local Education Authorities' Music Services. Some shops may also
rent out instruments if you ask them.
Details on this can be found on the next page.
If you have friends who have recently bought an instrument or
know parents of your children's friends who have, then it would
be a good idea to ask them for advice as they may have
already done a lot of the research. Your child's music teacher
may also be able to give you some good advice on where to start.
There is a wide range of specialist Publications / Magazines which
can also be looked at and don't forget the internet for looking
at a wide variety of online shops.Look through as many as you can,
read the reviews and compare the prices. Sometimes a local library
may also be able to loan out copies of a variety of music publications.
Some examples of online magazines are below.
Music Mart Magazine
If you have decided to buy a second hand instrument then there
are again many options available. The first is the small ads in
your local newspaper, shops also sell second hand instruments and
don't forget ebay as a lot more people are using them to sell
More information is available on our Buying
Tips and New OR Used Section.