If you have someone in your life who loves to play music, a great holiday present would be to get them a new musical instrument. A great place to pick up a musical instrument at an affordable price is to purchase one at a pawn shop. Here are three tips that will help you select and purchase the right musical instrument at a pawn shop.
#1 Give The Instrument A Try
The first thing that you should do is try out the instrument. Even if do not know how to play the instrument, you can still gain some information and knowledge by trying out the instrument. For example, if you are looking to purchase an electronic keyboard, make sure that all the keys, setting and buttons on the keyboard work. Or, if you are purchasing a guitar, play the guitar and check it out; make sure that the strings are all on the instrument, that there are frets on the neck of the guitar and that there are no cracks on the guitar. Make sure that the instrument sounds and works correctly to the best of your knowledge.
#2 Check For Imperfections
Second, make sure that you check the instrument for imperfections. If you are purchasing a wood-based instrument, make sure that it is not warped or cracked anywhere. If you are purchasing an instrument that is made of metal, such as a drum kit, make sure that the metal is not bent, warp or rusted. If the instrument has plastic components, make sure that they are not cracking. Always examine the instrument closely before purchasing it.
#3 Look Up The Instrument
The pawn shop should have information about the specific type of instrument, such as who made the instrument and what year it was made in. Before you purchase an instrument, take a few minutes to look it up on your smartphone. Make sure that the instrument has good ratings and reviews.
Next, check the price range that the instrument is sold for online. This will help you figure out if the price that the pawn shop is selling it for is reasonable. It will allow you to see if you are getting a good deal or getting ripped off. If you think the instrument is overpriced based on the information you find online, try to negotiate the price with the pawn shop.
Keep in mind that when you purchase the instrument from a pawn shop, you will save on shipping costs and time and you will actually be able to check out the instrument in person and determine if it is right for you.