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PURCHASING NEW & VINTAGE GEAR ONLINE
Each individual musical instrument will have its own idiosyncrasies. Since no two instruments of the same model will play or sound exactly alike, it's always best to play instruments before actually buying them, preferably side by side with other copies of the same make and model. However such a comparison isn't always practical when the local dealer doesn't have the model or color you want. At times like that remember than most online retailers have an exchange/refund policy on instruments, so if you don't like it you can exchange it or get a refund. Also while an amp from an online seller will be pretty much the same amp as from a local dealer you should remember that EVERYTHING breaks. Your local dealer may be way more supportive with repair issues if you bought the item from them.
Sweetwater - Unquestionably one of the most customer service oriented dealers online today!
The Bass Place - This bass-only shop in Peoria, Arizona store is now selling online. They ONLY sell basses, bass amps, bass parts and bass accessories and have been for over 20 years! Fender, Musicman, Lakland, G&L and other top instrument brands. Plus Ashdown, Ampeg, Eden, Genz Benz, Hartke, Orange, SWR, Trace Elliot and other amps. Enough said.
Same Day Music - Your order ships the same day or you get $100 cash!
Carvin - Their only stores are in Hollywood, Santa Ana, Sacramento and at the main factory site in San Diego, CA. So unless you are in California, or want to go there, the only place to buy new Carvin gear is online at their website. Their bass amps (still made in the USA) while highly regarded are often overlooked because they don't spend a ton of money on advertising or promotion and because you can't just walk into the neighborhood shop and try out a new one and it is sort of rare to see one for sale used. Carvin's B-1500 amp is one of the true beasts of bass while their new Micro series represent a significant value in lightweight portable combos. Their instruments are mostly custom made to your exact specifications. I've used their combo amps from time to time. Timothy B. Schmidt of the Eagles and other major touring bassists use Carvin amps & cabs. Do NOT overlook the made in USA Carvin products.
B&H Photo Video - NY City based electronics mega store. When I get ready to buy something new, anything new that there is even a remote chance that they might carry, I always check B&H's price. On some lines their prices will be significantly lower than anyone else! I have ordered microphones, recording software, microphone cables, recording gear, headphone amplifiers, recording monitors and more here. Fantastic service with fast shipping. They take orders 6 days a week only closing from Friday evening until Saturday evening. No matter what you are buying, check here and if they have it you might save a few bucks. Being in a highly competitive brick and mortar retail market their prices change frequently so if you see a bargain, pull the trigger! Great packing and fast shipping.
Bananas At Large - Like B&H photo, they are a brick and mortar store now selling online. Frequently their prices are the best. They are located on the west coast, so that might impact shipping if you live on the east coast.
Guitar Center - If there isn't a G.C. in your town, you can visit their online store instead. But, even if you have a G.C next door you can still spend hours looking at the used gear listed on their website from every Guitar Center store!
Zzounds - Big selection. A good online dealer! They carry Motion Sound amps which are sort of hard to find but a really fabulous keyboard amp.
Music 123 - Mega online seller. Quick shipping! Nice people on the phone.
Gruhn Guitars - Nobody knows more about guitars and basses than George Gruhn. The world's #1 authority on Vintage guitars and basses. Great source of real Vintage instruments and written appraisals. Also does consignment sales.
Elderly Instruments - New & used gear! Vintage classics galore!
Instrument Pro - All the major lines plus hard to find lines like Jay Turser. (Jay Turser's JT401 was the best JT Bass, now discontinued!)
G-Base - Musician's Gear Source. Basically this is a search engine for multiple Vintage dealers that resell used instruments. Good place to find used basses or find out the going rate for a particular used model.
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