Saving Money on Musical Instruments

An expense every musician, young and old, faces is purchasing their instrument of choice. Finding ways to save money on that purchase can be very helpful. This is a guide to saving money on musical instruments.
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March 26, 2012 Flag
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When my kids decided they wanted to be in band at school, I went to Pawn Shops and looked around to see what they had. I did not know if my kids would stick with it, and I did not want to put a lot of money into an instrument in case they did not take it but one year.

Both of my kids stuck with it from middle school through high school! We never had any problems with the instruments. You just clean the mouth piece good. Someone at a music store can tell you how or the music teacher at school can. We had both a clarinet and saxophone.

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By Teresa from Durham, NC

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May 12, 20120 found this helpful

I worked for years finishing musical instruments. Wood instruments should be inspected for cracks which can make the instrument sound bad, also the bridges and sound posts (inside) on stringed instruments need to be positioned properly, only a trained professional can recognize if this is right.

With brass and woodwind instruments you need to inspect the pads along with the mechanisms to make sure these are working properly. Just because it looks good doesn't mean it will play well. It is best to have a professional--not a musician as much as a technician, with you when buying a used instrument. Repadding alone could cost you $150 or more depending on the instrument you have purchased. Good luck.

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March 13, 20130 found this helpful

I guess you have to know your pawn shops but where I live all pawn shops have professionals look at all instruments and also with all computers before they sale them. They do this because they know a bad sale could hurt them. Ask questions when going to a pawn shop.

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July 21, 2010 Flag

You can make percussion instruments out of almost anything (a la the show "Stomp"). A big gallon plastic bucket upside down is a drum, a ridged plastic bottle can be scraped for a gyro, keys can jingle, and you can make a tambourine with paper plates! Hit cans and bottles.

A drum circle is great fun for the kids or adults. Try it at your next party!

By pamphyila from L.A., CA

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July 25, 20100 found this helpful

Yeah, kiddo. You should've seen the "tubular bells my son-in-law made from plastic bottles, a little Super Glue and stems from bicycle tires. He's a musical genius. :D

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July 27, 20100 found this helpful

I'd love to see photos! Homemade instruments are tons of fun, sometimes they look interesting too. Please share when you can.

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April 2, 2012 Flag
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If you live near a university or college with a music program, keep an eye out for their piano sales. Many programs will have an annual piano sale, and often school districts have them, too.

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November 28, 2006 Flag

Any of your kids studying a clarinet or another woodwind with a cork? I just found out that you can use lip balm instead of cork grease - cheaper, easier to get and smells better too.

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