Are You Ready to Buy a Saxophone?
Have you done all the research, and you know exactly what saxophone you want to buy? What do you do next? Where should you buy? What’s the purchasing process? What do you do if you want to:
- Buy new
- Buy online
- Buy used
- Buy from a friend
- Buy off of Craigslist
- Buy off eBay
- Buy from a local music store
We’ll go through all these situations so you can make the best choice for you.
Buying From eBay
Whether you’re buying a new or used saxophone on eBay, there are 2 important tips to consider. But, before I share the tips, there is something I must reveal: I have never purchased a saxophone on eBay. However, the tips are not specific to eBay alone. I would suggest the same thing for any online purchase. We simply take the approach from buying face to face, and customizing it for an online purchase. Here are the suggestions:
- Buy from a company or individual you can trust
- Only buy a product with a money-back guarantee (very important)
Whether you’re buying online or in person, it’s important to buy from someone you trust. If you find a saxophone that’s inexpensive, but you don’t trust the seller, you may want to reconsider. If a student wants to buy on eBay, I usually suggest that they buy from a music store (with a physical location) rather than an individual. Maybe this is not as important if you’re buying an inexpensive student model, but if you’re spending thousands of dollars, it’s always good to move forward with someone you are comfortable doing business with.
I don’t know of a professional saxophonist who would buy a new saxophone without trying it first. Since you can’t try before you buy, in an online situation, the money-back guarantee is the next best thing. This gives you a chance to try out the saxophone and send it back if it’s not the right fit. Check out the process below (in the Craigslist section) to make sure you get the right saxophone.
When buying from Craigslist, I would suggest setting up a situation where you can try the saxophone. Here’s the process:
- Identify the saxophone you want to purchase
- Call your local music store and tell them you want to bring in a saxophone
- Call the Craigslist seller and have them meet you at the music store
- If you purchased the saxophone online, take the saxophone to the store when it arrives
- Have the repair tech play the saxophone and inspect it
- Try the saxophone yourself
Even if you don’t play the saxophone yet, taking the instrument to a music store repair shop will help you get the information you need to make a choice. You’ll be working with musicians who can play the instrument. They’ll let you know if they can recommend that particular saxophone as one that will fit your needs, and if the price is acceptable. Most repair techs will be happy to help you. Once the repair tech gives you the confirmation that all is well with the saxophone, then you can give it a try.
Whether you are purchasing new or used, I would run through this process with any Craigslist or eBay purchase. In fact, I would go through this process when buying from a friend too. It’s not about trust; it’s about making sure the saxophone is a good fit for you.
Next week we’ll finish off the list by talking about purchasing from music stores and online dealers (such as wwbw.com).
Have you purchased a saxophone from Craigslist or eBay? We would love to hear about your experience, and if you would recommend this to others. Thanks for sharing!