Considering Your First Good Instrument [part2](end)

Considering Your First Good Instrument [part2](end)

Setting a budget

If you already know what kind of instrument do you have in mind, then the next thing to decide is how much you need to spend into the instrument. There are four things that go into pricing any instrument: authenticity, quality of craftmanship, condition and sound .

First-time buyers won’t be able to determine authenticity and quality of workmanship, but if you do business with a reputable dealer, you can get a crash course in how to listen and how to look at the condition of an instrument.

How much to spend depends on a lot of things. But as a general rule it’s reasonable to double or triple the value on your first step up from a beginning instrument to a quality instrument.

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