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10 Tips for buying secondhand gear

Studio gear can be expensive, but it can also be quite addictive. So with so many vintage pieces out there and bargains galore to be had, the secondhand route can be a great way to get deals. But it does have problems – or not, if you follow these tips…

01 MAYBE BUY NEW!

Come on, let’s face it, we all like buying studio gear – but it can be (and usually is) more expensive than we’d like it to be. The first thing to determine before you buy secondhand is that the gear you are looking for is really a used bargain. That is: can you actually get it, or its equivalent new, for not a lot more (or even less) money? In the music-production world there are some great pieces of vintage gear to be had, often at extortionate prices. This has meant that many companies are now producing great hardware emulations of this classic gear at a fraction of the cost of the secondhand originals, meaning buying new is probably a better route. So there are some superb hardware emulations of classic gear from companies including Warm Audio and Lindell, while companies such as Neumann have started production of their classic mics again so you can buy the vintage gear… new!

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