Make sweet music for a sweet price

March 18, 2009 9:52:09 AM PDT
Watching your child play in the school band can be great. But paying for instruments can be expensive.

Many schools offer rental programs, but you may save even more by buying a reconditioned instrument.

Joe Maultz owns Axe-zactly Music in Hammonton, New Jersey. The store buys used instruments for 10-25% of the new, retail price. The instruments are refurbished, sanitized and polished and then sold for about 50% of the new retail price.

Maultz explains that manufacturers have a suggested list price for most instruments, though most music stores will sell them for less than that.

He showed us a clarinet that lists for about $700, but usually sells for about $500. He'll sell the refurbished model for $200-$250.

He explained that buying a refurbished model can cost less than renting one for two years. And it's definitely less than buying through a rent-to-own program.

The prices in those programs are usually based on the Manufacturer's suggested retail price, and interest is added. So, buying that same clarinet could cost close to $1000 through a rent-to-own program.

Axe-Zactly Hammonton Music Center also specializes in vintage guitars. It's located at 3014 S. White Horse Pike. The phone number is 609-561-8744.

To access their website, click here.

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