Advice for Buying Used Instruments
Brass (trumpets, trombones, baritones, french horns, tubas). Check the valves and the slides to see that they move freely. Examine the mouthpiece to see that it fits the instrument. Look down the lead pipe for "red rot". If brass instruments haven't been cleaned properly, they can develop holes in the metal, from the inside out. Sticky valves and slides can be fixed and cleaned, but red rot cannot be fixed.
Woodwinds (clarinets, flutes, oboes, saxophones, bassoons). Most of the value of these instruments, especially student-line instruments, is in the condition. The pads and corks deteriorate over time and must be replaced. A rebuild is an expensive repair, so check with the repair department for a free estimate on repairs. The technicians can give you some guidance on whether the instrument is worth repairing.
SO...how can I tell if the instrument I found is worth buying?
Pacific Winds Music Repair Technicians can help assess the condition of your instrument. If it isn't a good instrument, we have a lease program and sell new and used instruments.
Our instruments feature:
* Name brands
* High Quality
* Value-priced used instruments
* Shop adjusted
* Ready to play with case, mouthpiece, and accessories.
We are proud of our repair department. Our technicians have over 100 years of accumulated experience and are at the top of their craft. Our used instruments start at about $150 and are great beginning band horns. Our stock changes often, so check the web often.Do yourself a favor, and begin on an instrument that actually works!
We are also interested in buying name brand student, intermediate, and professional level instruments. Give us a call and let us know what you would like to sell. Typically, we will have you bring the instrument into our shop so we can assess its condition.
Do you have a question or need some advice? Don't hesitate to call or email us. We look forward to hearing from you!