Tips For Buying A Musical Instrument
are several tips that may help you at the time of buying a musical
instrument. It is important that all the necessary research has
taken place beforehand. Although this can be time consuming on
the larger instruments, they do cost a lot of money and it is therefore
important that you purchase the right model for yourself.
list of tips will help you when you are considering purchasing
Read reviews and articles from specialist resources (magazines
and internet). It is good to be informed about the instrument
that you intend to buy.
Obtain advice from a teacher or friend who has recently
bought an instrument. They may have some good points to share
and some useful advice when it comes to buying an instrument.
Talk to the qualified shop owners/salesmen. They should
be able to point in the right direction but do question them
if they want to sell you the expensive model.
Play the instrument in a shop's practice room or at home
on a trial. This can give you a valuable insight into how the
instrument feels and how it sounds. Take the instrument
through it's paces.
Some instruments can be expensive to buy new like the Piano
for instance, in which case an electronic keyboard could be
an option. Also, consider where you are going to store the
instrument as, again, pianos can take up a lot of space.
As with any other goods that are purchased today it is important
to ask about the after sales service, which may include insurance
and warranties especially if you are buying a big musical instrument.
As with the last point don't forget to ask if there is anything
included in the price. The little things like tube cleaners,
polish, straps, a carrying case, plectrums, extra strings,
and a music book can all add up so a little extra can help.
Other considerations maybe necessary if you are buying
a musical instrument for a child. If the child is just starting
to learn an instrument then many schools do lend them out for a
short time, which will help you to establish whether or not they
will continue with it. Whilst your child is growing, it is a good
idea to hire or buy student models which are less expensive than
the full sized instrument. The sound quality is not as good as
a professional one but it is good enough, especially as a less
trained ear will not notice the difference significantly.
may also be an option of purchasing it through an Assisted
Instrument Purchase Scheme by the LEA's Music Services
and hence avoiding paying VAT. Two examples of this scheme along
with hiring instruments can be found on the following websites,
however you will need to check with your own LEA council to see
if they operate similar schemes: