If you’re interested in learning an instrument, one stumbling block may be the cost of purchasing a new one. After all, you don’t need a professional-quality instrument, just something to get started with. That’s why it may be a smart idea to check out used instruments from pawn shops.
Or perhaps you’re an experienced musician who’s looking for an excellent instrument that’s still in good condition. Either way, it’s possible to find something you like at a bargain price. But how do you go about buying instruments at pawn shops? No one wants to pay too much or purchase a poor-quality instrument. Read on to find out our leading tips.
Looking for those hidden gems
Not everyone sticks with playing music. Many people pick up an instrument or receive one as a gift, then barely use it. This is where pawn shops come in. People sell these gently used pieces for pennies on the dollar just to get some extra cash from an item that was collecting dust. These could even be antique or rare instruments worth far more than the original owner thought.
You might have to do some hunting, but rest assured there are those excellent deals out there just waiting for an expert eye to spot them. Pawn shops have a completely unique, non-repeatable inventory—meaning you will likely have to sort through a ton of miscellaneous items before finding that gem. (It is, of course, hidden after all!)
If you walk into a Sam Ash or another dealer of new instruments, that sticker price is exactly what you’re going to pay. But at a pawn shop, you may be able to negotiate a better deal. You could, for example, trade in a few of your own items—from other instruments to power tools to electronics—to knock down the price. Don’t be afraid to haggle and insist on paying what you believe the instrument is worth.
Peace of mind
You may be concerned about whether pawn shop instruments are genuine. Unlike buying used instruments online—where sellers make false claims about their items constantly—you can rest easy going to a pawn shop. That’s because pawn shop owners are well versed in the market value of a wide range of items and can spot fakes very easily. They also may bring in outside experts to evaluate whether a piece is genuine. The fact is that the chances of purchasing a fake from a pawn shop are very low.
The next time you’re looking for pawn shop instruments, stop by and check out everything Harrison Street Pawn has to offer. We’ve been proudly serving the area’s residents since 1985, when we opened our doors with the mission of providing a unique space to sell and shop for everything from unique pieces to common household items. Our stock includes guitars, keyboards, drums, band instruments and much more. Give us a call or come to our shop today to learn more about what we can offer you!