Music gear can be depressingly pricey. With top brands ranging in the thousands, it can be hard sticking to your budget. Don’t compromise your cash for quality. Before you venture to a music store, remember these money saving tips.
Research Quality Brands: If you’re serious about music, purchasing equipment is an investment in your career. Don’t let store employees determine what’s best. Join forums, become an expert, and find quality brands that fit your budget. Your career will thank you for it.
Only Get What You Need: Figure out ahead of time what you absolutely need. Online deals for amps and straps could seem attractive – but are they necessary? Store employees can persuade you to buy “live show” items, while you only need “in-studio” equipment. Spend wisely and plan out your shopping list.
Buy It Used: Second-hand is the way to go. You don’t have to sacrifice quality by paying a used price. Musical instruments can live long lives depending on how you treat them. Look into pawnshops, Amazon, and Craigslist to find a treasure trove of superb, second-hand products.
Become an expert before you shop and get the best gear for your crew.
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Kathy Nguyen is a digital artist, aspiring entertainment professional, and lover of live music. You can find her tweeting her playlists, youtube-ing documentaries, and getting lost in your neighborhood.