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silb on 12/18/2018 at 10:54AM
We all know that around Christmas time, we might have ambitions to get new instruments and gear to improve our band set up. However, while it is nice to ask for certain things for Christmas, you can get surprisingly good deals on musical equipment with just the right amount of research and a degree of budgeting. If you are wanting to upgrade your band gear, but don’t have the money to afford an a-grade set up here are some handy hints to help you get the gear of your dreams.
Do Your Research
While there are a lot of musical instrument retailers across the UK, you are likely to find that they won’t offer the best prices for what you’re looking for. It pays to have patience on this front as many people would prefer to hand their money over now to get a hold of a new guitar or keyboard, instead of doing the research online to find a better price.
When looking into online retailers, it’s vital to know that they are a trusted and reliable business. Using an online review centre like Feefo or TrustPilot will ensure that you’re not sending your money off to a company that is unreliable or doesn’t pack instruments for transit properly.
The Second-Hand Option
Many people will only be satisfied if they buy equipment brand new and won’t give the used gear market a second thought. The reality is that tens of thousands of musicians from across the world are posting and selling things every single day. Depending on what you are in the market for, you are likely to find things being sold that haven’t been heavily used and are in good condition.
Sites like eBay came to the fore for selling on gear over the last decade, and if you know exactly what you are looking for, it’s worth checking in from time to time to see what is for sale within the market. Beyond this Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years for good equipment deals.
Saving For The Future
We all like to put a bit of money away for our musical projects and having a rainy day fund of cash is a useful thing, regardless of what your musical ambitions are. There are several different things you can do to develop your fund. Ringfencing the money you earn from paid shows to use as an investment for your band can almost be seen as a business expense.
As well as this, there are a number of useful finance apps you can use to see where your money foes from month to month. By tracking your spending, you can calculate the cost of running a show and find ways of making savings that will be transferred back into the band.
We all know that being a musician is an expensive life. There are all kinds of different running costs that ordinary people don’t appreciate. By being wise with your spending, you can ensure that your band has the very best gear available to you and you can concentrate on further improving your sound as a band.
silb on 10/16/2018 at 03:00PM
The business of being in a professional band is a tough one. Whether you are an artist looking to break into the mainstream with your own original material, or a member of a covers band playing corporate events and weddings, you’ll know that everything out with playing on stage is hard work. Whether it’s trying to find well-paid shows, keeping your travel costs down, or dealing with stingy promoters, it can be a hard life.
The business of getting to and from specific shows is also tricky as well. By the time you’ve accounted for the musicians who make up the band, and all the subsequent gear and backline, you need a pretty hefty vehicle or two to be able to transport yourself from show to show. Here are some considerations why sorting a band vehicle.
Knowing Your Requirements
It’s thoroughly important to have a full understanding of how much room you and your band take up in a vehicle since before undertaking your research. Singers who work solo with an acoustic guitar will get away with a smaller car, whereas a 6 piece with a PA will need something altogether heftier.
If your band falls into the latter of the two categories outlined above, it’s more than likely that you’ll need a van for gear and a passenger car for the musicians. Knowing the dimensions of key equipment, and a rough idea of how much it all weighs is useful information to have to hand throughout the research process.
Getting a Good Deal
Anyone who has owned a vehicle that has been bought specifically for getting a band from A to B will know that cosmetics are pretty much at the bottom of the list of priorities. What most musicians are looking for is reliability and build quality. If you’re wanting to get a decent deal on a second-hand van, these are criteria you can bring to your dealer to ensure you get the right type of vehicle.
There are some differences that come with buying a van second hand than with a car, so it’s important that you look out for wear and tear on the doors and any signs of rust or mistreatment of the chassis. You might also be storing gear in your van for long periods of time, so security is another priority that should be at the top of your list when conducting your research.
Working the Finance
As with buying any van or car, there are a number of considerations you must look at with regards to finance. Any guides on buying a used car are worth a read as they will give you useful hints on avoiding modifications and the differences between using a dealer and going through private purchase.
If you are set up as a functional working band, you will likely be able to declare the purchase of a vehicle as a business expense on your tax return. This will help you from getting hit with an extra tax on your purchase and will mean all members of the band will have committed financially to your trusty vehicle.
The ability to move gear is vital when it comes to being a part of a working band. Having the right set of wheels will mean you only have to worry about learning your songs for that night’s performance.