Like any other second hand item in the world, there are advantages and disadvantages of buying a used musical instrument as well as using it. They are ideal for novice musicians who are looking for a cost effective option that will allow them to get a “flavour” of what is required of them without them having to spend too much money. When you compare the price tags between second hand music instruments and their first hand counterparts the difference between the two values can be very significant indeed and so this makes used instruments all the more attractive.
However, this advantage can on occasion quickly turn out to be a fairly crippling drawback as that seemingly dirt cheap instrument that the buyer purchases turns out to be so badly damaged or otherwise in a less than optimal state of health that it interferes with the working usability of the instrument to an unacceptable degree.
This is a potential risk and pitfall that is all the more acute in the specific context of online musical instruments, i.e. cheap musical instruments that have been purchased on internet auction sites. Just remember that whilst you can get some truly fantastic and remarkable bargains when purchasing from such sites, you also run the risk of buying something that does not fit your needs. If you buy over eBay, however, you are protected by a 3-7 day money back guarantee, so there is some peace of mind in this.
When it comes to cheap instruments bought over the internet, make sure that you are actually able to see the photos of the instrument(s) in question before you escrow any money and see to what extent does the sale description provided by the seller actually tally with the condition of the instrument(s) as presented in the photograph.
Another potential pitfall when purchasing cheap music instruments on the internet is the risk of internet fraud and fraudulent transactions. Make sure that you rely on reputable internet auction websites such as eBay where there is a stringent feedback system in place which helps the buyer gauge just how reliable and trustworthy a particular seller/vendor appears to be.
With a sufficient degree of caution and care, second hand musical instruments can prove to be the best investment you will ever make in your life and will provide you with hours of enjoyment and stimulation for years to come. Don’t let recklessness and impulsive decisions haunt you and leave you wide open for a multitude of unpleasant effects!