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What Are the Pros and Cons of Buying a Used Marimba?

A new marimba can be prohibitively expensive.
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Purchasing a used marimba instead of buying a new instrument may save the buyer money. A new musical instrument can be quite expensive unless it is on sale. A disadvantage of buying a used marimba, however, is that it might not have been well kept. Even if the instrument is in fine playing condition, a used instrument could have cosmetic flaws. A buyer who finds a used marimba online will not have the opportunity to see it in person and examine it.

When buying a used marimba for non-professional use, buying a previously owned model can be a good option. These musical instruments can cost a lot of money when purchased new. For many beginners who may lose interest after a while, it doesn't make sense to buy an expensive new instrument. A percussionist who relies on his instrument for professional use, however, may do best with a new instrument that will offer dependable service for a long time.

Purchasing a brand new marimba from a music store or reliable manufacturer may offer another advantage. In most cases, the instrument will come with a manufacturer's warranty. This is a very important feature, as it will offer protection should the instrument fail to operate correctly during the coverage period. Like any piece of equipment, defects or malfunctions in a marimba can occur, and being protected under the warranty can save a lot of money if the instrument must be repaired.

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When buying any used musical instrument, it's essential to inquire about damage or flaws. If buying sight unseen, the buyer will not have the opportunity to inspect the instrument himself. The marimba might not offer the sound quality one desires, or it might have flaws, such as scratches or dings that affect the appearance or the sound of the instrument.

The buyer should consider the age of the used marimba before deciding to purchase it. As with many musical instruments, time can affect the sound quality. A marimba can be expected to last for several years before needing to be replaced. If the marimba has been used 20 or more years, it shouldn't be expected to last for several more.

While buying a used marimba could be the best decision for those on a budget, the condition of the marimba should be taken into account. If it has been exposed to high humidity for extended periods, or not properly maintained, it might not be the bargain it appears to be. Using good judgment when deciding to buy a marimba, either new or used, can save money as well as aggravation in the long run.

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