The question from the title is what bothers many musicians and musicians-to-be. Before we go any further you need to know this – there is no right answer. In other words, there are reasons for buying a new instrument as there are for buying a second-hand one. It all depends on several factors, such as your preferences, needs, and of course – the budget. In this article we will not give you one of the answers, but explain why and when both of them are correct.
Buying online or in person
Online purchase certainly has its advantages, but there are some cases when you should opt for buying an item in person. When you want to buy an instrument, a general rule is that you have to try it before you buy it. When it comes to new instruments, you can enter a music store and try the instrument there. When you get home, you can order the same model from another store or another country, and you can be sure that it will sound the same.
When it comes to second-hand instruments, this is where we recommend buying in person. Of course, make sure to try the instrument first, and if you like the way it sounds and the features it has, you should buy it on the spot.
Instruments for beginners
If you are a beginner and you are looking for the first instrument, there are reasons for buying both new and used ones. It depends on the situation and the type of instrument you are buying.
For example, if you or your child want to play a guitar, it is better to buy a new one. This is because, as a beginner, you still cannot tell the difference between various models. Also, beginner guitar models are very affordable when they are new, and you can be sure that the way it sounds when you get it from the store is the way it should sound.
There are some cases when used instruments are a better option for beginners. If you are buying a pricey instrument, such as violin or saxophone, it is better to buy a used one. They are way more affordable than the new ones, and for a beginner it is certainly a better option, since the differences in price can be significant, yet the sound and quality can be the same between new and used instruments.