Shop Like a Pro – Tips for Investing in Musical Instruments and Audio Gear
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Published by TOP4 Team
Whether you are a hobbyist or an aspiring musician/producer, investing in the right music gear can make everything better and more fun. However, buying the right gear can be confusing and stressful to newbies. It is not uncommon for many people to buy the wrong type of gear, and ending up wasting their hard-earned money.
In order to avoid these woes, here are a few helpful tips when you are in the market for musical instruments and other audio gear.
Haste makes waste
Unless you know exactly what you wish to buy, plus the pros and cons of your purchase, you would want to approach things slowly and with due caution. The last thing that you would want to end up with is equipment that you rushed yourself into buying.
Spend your time wisely by knowing what your available options are as well as the merits and drawbacks of each of these. This is particularly helpful if you are keen on investing in pricey equipment.
Buy according to your needs
Another crucial factor you need to consider before investing in instruments and audio gear is your specific need for today and in the future. Surely, you wouldn't want to blow your money on a pricier option when gear at a fraction of that one’s price will do. And on the converse side of the coin, if you have definite plans for the future, you would not want to be held back by lower quality equipment.
Look beyond the specs
It may be tempting to geek out on the specs of the gear you are eyeing to buy. Manufacturers try to capitalise on such things. But at the end of the day, it is how your gear sounds that truly matters. Look at the specs of each of your options and compare these with one another, but do not forget to trust your ears.
Save money for other essential gear
It may be tempting to splurge on one particular pro gear, but you also have to look at your investment from a different perspective. In particular, you would want to create a topnotch system with various components working together well instead of one or two investment pieces pulling together a mediocre system.
Invest in the best gear that you can afford
On the converse side of the coin, avoid buying the cheapest option available simply because you want to save. Remember, you get what you pay for, especially in terms of quality. Find the middle ground between price and quality.
This can also mean building the right foundation for your set-up — your musical instruments, microphone and studio monitors. If you are working with a limited budget, splurge on these first and then slowly upgrade your other gear when you have more money.
Consult a pro
The best thing about being a consumer today is that you have plenty of resources that allow you to make an informed purchasing decision. However, do not discount the experience and knowledge of qualified experts who can help you make the right decisions. Seek these professionals out in online forums or in pro audio gear shops.