Should You Pawn or Sell Your Clarinet?

January 21, 2020 - Equipment and Tools

If you were a band kid in middle school, you remember getting to choose what instrument you played.

You watched as everyone picked out a tuba because it sounded funny. Or, a saxophone because the Blues Brothers were cool.

So you dared to be different. You chose one of the newest instruments in the orchestra. You picked the clarinet.

But unless you’re in an orchestra or a music teacher, you stopped playing your clarinet long ago. And chances are, you still have it up in your attic collecting dust.

If you’re no longer using your clarinet, what’s the point in keeping it? Your clarinet is more useful as cash in your pocket instead. So how can you turn your middle school hobby into cash years later?

Read on to discover the ins-and-outs of pawning used clarinets.

Give Your Clarinet an Inspection

It’s been a long time since you’ve played your clarinet. So you may not remember the condition it was in when you stopped playing. That’s why it’s important to give it a good once-over before you try to pawn it.

Ensure your clarinet is in excellent condition to get the most bang for your buck. That means essential parts like the bell or the mouthpiece should not be missing from the case.

Dust off your clarinet and give it a spin like you would in middle school. If it sounds like it should, you’re well on your way to making money off of it at the pawnshop.

But if it sounds squeaky, you’ve got another step ahead of you.

Fix It Up

Used clarinets will all have the same problems. Either you’ve got tattered pads, a cracked mouthpiece, or bent keys. If you haven’t played your clarinet in years, it may have all 3 of these problems and more. And you would never know it!

But if you want to sell your clarinet at a reasonable price, you should consider taking it in for repairs. It might seem counterintuitive spending money on the instrument you’ve long since forgotten about. But in the long run, you’ll actually have more return on the item if it’s in better condition.

Once you’ve repaired your clarinet, you’re ready to pawn it!

Take Your Clarinet to the Pawnshop

The pawnshop is the best place to go if you’re selling a musical instrument. Why is that?

Because, pawnshops see countless instruments on a daily basis. They’re familiar with all the different types of brands out there. So when you’re selling your clarinet, you can rest easy knowing you’ll get the fairest price for your specific make and model!

Pawning Used Clarinets Recap

After reading this guide, you now know how easy it is to pawn used clarinets. All you have to do is give your clarinet a good inspection, fix whatever is necessary, and let the pawn shop do the rest!

Pawnshops are your best friend when it comes to helping you clear your attic. So don’t wait.

David Stiebel
David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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October 31, 2018, 11:03 PM

Well I guess I don’t have to spend the weekend firiugng this one out!

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