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8th Feb

New Gear Vs. Used Gear


new gear vs used gear


Used gear is cheaper than buying brand new gear, but you also run the risk of it breaking or malfunctioning after using it only a few times.  With new gear, you can usually get a replacement for free or just a fraction of the original price, but that’s not always the situation with used gear.

So what are some of the things that you can buy used?

  1. Hardware – If you’re a drummer, this means cymbal stands and drum thrones.  For vocalists and guitar players, this means mic stands, guitar stands, and cases.  You can usually tell if something is in good condition, and getting parts repaired is usually not that big of a deal.
  2. Software – Run a trial version on your computer to see if a piece of software works in your environment.  Then go purchase it used.  You don’t get support, but who calls support just to wait on hold for an hour anyway?
  3. Acoustic instruments – If you have a chance to play the instrument beforehand, this could be a good way to save some money.

I generally tend to shy away from electronic equipment such as mixing boards, mics, and amps but if you know what you’re doing, these could be good purchases too!

Article written by Isaku Kageyama. You can follow him on Twitter at @isakukageyama.

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