Take someone qualified
If you are a novice, consider taking someone with you who is an experienced musician or at least knows a thing or two about musical tools. This will help you in sorting out the ideal instrument that will fit your level of understanding. It’s worthless to waste money on flashy instruments when you are yet to learn handling the same.
Demand complete information
A store can make anything look good with short cheesy descriptions and flashy outer appearance. Do not settle for anything less than what you are actually looking for. Ask them about any precise detail you want to know about the instrument, for example, is there any wear and tear on the fret? Do the guitars emit abrasive noise? What was the last time a particular instrument was cleaned and well-tuned? What is the return policy in case there’s a defect? Do a complete research on current prices before falling for the one demanded by your preferred seller.
Make use of the feedback system
Make the choice of a certain brand of seller based on their reviews, both online and offline. A word of mouth from a specialist always helps in sorting out the best from the rest. Make sure the feedbacks are coming from a reputed website and not some paid source. Ideally 75 to 25 in favour of the vendor is a good indication towards the particular brand of seller.
Value for money
Any musical instrument will ideally stay with you for many years and hence, it is advisable to make the right choice. The proficiency of the manufacturer and the extent to which a musical instrument is hand-made are of major importance towards deciding the quality of tone. Browse through a number of shops to check which one suits your requirements. Go for music exhibitions in your area, where you can interact with experienced people. Just don’t rush yourself in desperation to get an acoustic guitar or a drum, since these are expensive tools and you want payback for every bit of your penny.
Test before purchasing
Once you decide on buying a particular instrument, make sure the vendor tests the same in front of your eyes and exhibit proper functioning of the intricate parts. The joints and design shouldn’t be too tight or too loose. You should also be supplied with manual guides and cleaning tools. Sometimes, there are few defective pieces lined up, which you may not be able to decipher with outer appearance. This is why it’s also advisable not to order musical instruments online unless they have a proper refund policy in place.