What You Need to Know When Buying Musical Instruments at a Pawn Shop
One of the biggest benefits of a pawn outlet is getting expensive items secondhand, leading to lower costs for gently used versions of the same product. Musical instruments are one of the most popular items people search for when looking at pawn and consignment shops. However, not all instruments are in equal shape.
For hobbyists, finding an instrument that needs some TLC is a positive. However, for those trying an instrument for the first time, it may not be worth the time and expense.
The first step when buying an instrument is knowing your price point. This shouldn’t be for the base price of the instrument. Instead, consider what you are willing to spend in total. For some instruments, they may be in lower quality condition, but the necessary repairs are cheap and easy. These can be done at home when you know what you’re doing or at a repair shop cheaply.
For instance, a violin with a good body won’t cost too much to re-string and buy a new bow. However, a violin with heavy body damage can get quite costly. Unless you have a hobby of refurbishing old instruments, it is likely not worth the purchase.
Instruments to Look For
Some instruments are easier to find than others. However, most pawn shops and outlets often buy items and work as a broker. If you are looking for a mandolin and don’t see one in a store, you could still be in luck. Be sure to ask someone if there is a person on staff to talk to about finding the instrument you’re looking for. At worst, you can be put on a list to be called once the item surfaces.
There are a few instruments that can be found at nearly any pawn or consignment store. These include:
- Guitars, both electric and acoustic
Guitars, amplifiers and violins tend to be the quickest to sell. If you are looking for these items, it pays to be vigilant and check back often. It can also be in good form to call ahead or to leave information on what you are looking for. As an outlet store, the Pawn Outlet Shop has stores throughout the area. If you can’t find it in one of our locations, we might have it at one of our other stores. Contact us today to find out how we can help with your next musical purchase.