Kids love to make music. Some children sing. Others tap a beat with their hands on the table. As they grow older and want to play an instrument, you may struggle with giving them what they want. One week your ten-year-old may want to play the guitar, and the next he decides on the drums. The constant switching would blow any family’s budget. Of course you can buy used, but do you know what you should look for? What happens when they are ready for their next musical adventure?
Buying a musical instrument does not have to break the bank when you head down to your local pawn shop and scope out their inventory. You can pick up guitars, trumpets, flutes, and more for great prices. When your budding musicians change their mind, you can sell or trade the bass for a drum set.
USA Pawn is a trusted name in the business. For more than 25 years, we have served the Mississippi area with short-term loans on a variety of valuable items, including electronics, tools, jewelry, and musical instruments.
How to Buy a Musical Instrument from a Pawn Shop
You can get a great deal when you explore gently used and previously owned pieces at your local exchange store. Here are a few suggestions to help you get the item you want at a price that won’t break the bank:
- Do your research: If you have never owned a clarinet or a Gibson guitar, you are short-changing yourself. Jump online and research best brands and what to look for in a used saxophone, trumpet, or sousaphone.
- Consider the costs to repair: After your initial research, have a budget in mind. Remember, while reputable shops will have their merchandise cleaned and in good shape, there may still be some repair work to be done. Count that as part of the cost of playing music.
- Look for cleanliness: Check out how clean it is. Flutes, trumpets, and other instruments played with the mouth can harbor bacteria. Look for mold, mildew, grime, or sticking keys or pads.
- Check out the overall condition: Look for cracks and dents. While a small dent may not affect the playing ability, a large one will. Avoid purchasing woodwinds with cracks in their body.
- Listen to the sound it makes: You should try to play it before you buy. Listen for clear sounds. You are not looking for pristine but rather solid sounds that are free of crackling, spitting, or loose air.
Satisfy Your Maestro’s Desire to Play a Musical Instrument
Keep your kiddos reaching for new goals when you buy them the instrument they want to play from your local pawn shop. We have a vast inventory of stuff, including guitars, bass, trumpets, cymbals, drums, pianos, flutes, violins, and many more. When your kids outgrow this interest, bring it back for a loan or to sell.
Get in touch with us today at 601-501-PAWN (7296).