AUSTRALIAN musicians have long been using cheap instruments and have been able to afford them.
Now they are finding out how expensive it can get, and how they can afford to buy them.
In recent years, a boom in new instruments has meant the cost of a cheap instrument has risen sharply, with some even falling by more than 50 per cent.
This is because of the proliferation of the internet, with many musicians discovering cheap instruments online.
There are hundreds of cheap instruments out there on the web, including instruments from the Australian Opera, the Sydney Opera and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
They include a pair of cheap violins from China and a Yamaha acoustic guitar, and cheap keyboards, which can be bought for under $10,000.
But there is another way to spend money on a cheap acoustic guitar.
A new report shows how to buy the cheapest instrument online.
It’s called “The Cheap Instrument Challenge”, and it shows how a range of instruments can be purchased cheaply on the internet.
“There’s a very large number of instruments that are being sold that are so inexpensive they’re actually very difficult to find,” says Chris Stiles, who runs the site “The Music for Sale”.
He says many of these instruments are being used in music venues or in weddings.
“Some of them have been sold online for under 10,000 dollars.”
And they can be incredibly difficult to get hold of.
Some of the cheapest instruments available on the market include:• $300 Yamaha acoustic guitars• $600 Roland acoustic keyboards• $800 Beyerdynamic B-57 drums• $1,000 Gibson SG-1 electric guitars• Beyerkast X3 bass and electric guitarsThe price of the cheap instruments is also up, especially since the internet has made it so easy to find cheap instruments.
Some musicians say the trend is only getting worse.
“We’ve seen the price of a new instrument fall from $3,000 to $1.2,000, and the price increase over the past few years is very, very noticeable,” says Mr Stiles.
“The trend is going in the right direction, but it’s not sustainable.”
The cheapest instrument on the site is a pair in China, the Yamaha FU-8, which cost $2,400.
But that’s just one example of cheap cheap instruments, including acoustic guitars and pianos.
The website says some cheap instruments can even be bought from the same source for less than $5,000.
“So what happens when the cheapest of these cheap instruments becomes a very good, good piece of equipment?” says Mr Striles.
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