Buying second-hand

Depending on your standard and budget, buying a second-hand instrument can be a very good option. Since good instruments don't significantly deteriorate in quality (so long as they have been properly look after), buying second-hand should allow you to buy a better instrument than the equivalent budget would allow you if you were to buy new.

 As with buying anything second-hand, however, it is important to do some research into what it is you're buying and certainly to try and inspect (and ideally play) the instrument before you buy. If buying privately, ask the seller why they are selling the instrument, and if it has been serviced recently. Look for any dents or sticking valves or keys, and if possible, buy off a reputable seller, i.e. a specialist shop or professional musician.

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