Buying Guide


The Cost of Learning to Play an Instrument
Learning to play an instrument can be viewed as a sound investment. However, there are always additional costs to this that you should be aware of.

These will include:

- Instrument and Accessories
- Music Tuition
- Maintenance
- Insurance

Your Instrument and other Equipment
Your instrument is likely to be an expensive investment so it’s critical that you choose the right instrument with the right quality for you. You also need to consider the ongoing costs of replacing strings, reeds, drum sticks and the like - they may not necessarily be expensive in the short term but could incur long term costs. Extra one-off costs range from music stands and metronomes to musical books or guides.

It’s always wise to seek advice and guidance that matches your specific needs and budget. Visit the Skwiix Forum for opinion and guidance on what to get and the Shop to view instruments, equipment and other accessories.


New or Second Hand Instruments
First choice for most people wanting to buy an instrument is to buy something new. A great alternative option is to ask music stores if they have an instrument rental programme. Buying a second hand musical instrument is another option for people on a tight budget. Car boot sales, auctions, home clearances and markets are other ways to find yourself a reasonably priced first instrument. You can come across good quality instruments at reasonably low prices at pretty much any of these locations. Buying a good quality second hand instrument is better than buying a poor quality new instrument.

There are some great advantages to buying a used musical instrument. However, some risks are involved. One downside is that you will not receive any warranties, unless the used instrument is from a reputable dealer. Visit the Skwiix Notice Board to browse our selection of second hand musical instruments, explore the Shop for our selection of new instruments or search.


Tuition
The cost of tuition varies, depending on whether you learn one-to-one or in a group. Private tuition is more expensive, but offers focused attention and one-on-one instruction. Group tuition is less expensive. It can be great fun to learn with other people of a similar standard in a collective musical environment – and it can speed up the learning process. Visit Learning to Play for information on music tuition


Instrument Maintenance
Ensuring your instrument is always in good playing condition is important to compliment your learning process. Visit the Instrument Maintenance page to view Skwiix recommendations on maintaining your instrument.


Insurance
It’s always prudent to take out insurance cover for your instrument in the event of an accident, damage or theft. Your normal home contents insurance may cover any such occurrence, but please do check this.

It’s also important to insure your instrument, as it is an expensive piece of equipment and may be tricky to replace. Access the Insurance tool to compare and buy insurance that covers your instrument.

General Guidelines