Post a Note is your hangout; a place where it is free to connect with thousands of like-minded locals to buy, sell, and swap. As Kevin Allison mentioned in last week’s blog post, it can be challenging to assess the quality of musical instruments, when buying them online. So, to round up last week’s post we’d like to give you a few guidelines this week that will help you.
1) Size Matters
When choosing the instrument, it is necessary to consider your (or your child’s) height to avoid injury. If you’re buying a piano, for example, make sure that the chair is neither too high nor too low. For violins, the size and weight is even more important, as there are 8 basic sizes and it pays off to ask the seller for the exact measurements.
2) Ask for Additional Photos
It never hurts asking the seller for additional pictures before you agree to meet the seller to look at the item in person. Asking for additional photos might save you the trip, in case your interest fades or they will heighten your curiosity and anticipation, if you love the item they’re displaying.
3) Try It Out
A musical instrument is supposed to deliver a joyful experience for a very long time – sometimes they even get passed on from generation to generation. To ensure that you will indeed be able to enjoy the instrument, it is a good idea to meet with the seller in person and try out the instrument before you commit to buying it.
4) Bring an Expert
If you’re purchasing an instrument online that you do not yet know how to play, you may want to bring a friend who has played this kind of instrument for a while and can tell the difference between good and bad quality.
5) Get the Story
When you meet the seller, you’re free to ask why they are selling the item. Sometimes, that can even add additional value to know the instrument.
6) Do your research
Going into the specifics of what to look out for when purchasing particular musical instruments of the internet, is beyond the scope of this post. It’s always good to do the research to find out what makes a good instrument and what makes a bad one. For flutes the requirements are different than for trumpets and for cellos they’re different than for violins. Every instrument responds different to strain and every instrument has different measurements for quality. A universal truth, however, is that the engineering of the instrument is important for determining its quality. Do your research to be safe rather than sorry.
7) The basics
- Make sure the instrument has no cracks. Why? The sound an instrument makes, comes from air waves that vibrate at various frequencies. Poor engineering and cracks can allow sound waves to escape and alter the sound.
- Strings, levers and pedals should be fully functional. This means that they should not be too loose or too stiff.
- Depending on the instrument, you should not hear “rattling” when you shake it slightly, because a rattling sound can indicate loose or broken parts.
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