Recently my church needed to buy some music appliances and I was given the responsibility for shopping around to find the best gadgets that were within our budget. I do not know what made them choose me for this job since I was very green in this area. Maybe it was a divine opportunity for me to finally learn something in this field? I accepted the job.
Going to town the next weekend I was amazed at the numerous number of music stores. I was particularly surprised since they were stores that I had often walked past but I had never bothered to know what they dealt in. I had formulated a list of most of the music stores in the locality by the use of the local phone book and the help of a very informative website that dealt with issues concerning the area.
I quickly realized that many of the music stores were franchise outlets that dealt with implements from specific manufactures. I also quickly realized that each brand or each company that produced music appliances had a certain range in terms of price for their items. It was easy to realize that the companies that were pricier had appliances that seemed to be of better quality.
I also realized that there was a category that had the bulk of appliances which had a price that was averagely similar. These was the middle class category. Items in this category were not necessarily of the best quality but they were appliances that one could work with, especially given the fact that their prices were not very high. The other lot of appliances were of low cost although it was obvious that they would not produce quality and they were not durable. The durability issue was further confirmed by the long warranties provided in the high quality and high priced items, while the low cost items offered very short or no warranty period.
I realized that when purchasing music appliances there are other things to consider too. It was important to consider how the appliance was going to be used. For example, one of the appliances I was shopping for was an amplifier, I needed to find the best amp for our church in terms of quality and affordability. As such, it was important that I get an amp that could be powered by the power available in the church. It was also important that I get an amp that could adequately amplify sound to all the areas around the church compound, and I also needed to find an amp that would be compatible with all the other instruments that we had in the church.
As such, I had quite a bit of work. I had to take time at each outlet to clearly explain what I needed to the store attendants. They would then painstakingly go over what that they heard in stock and I would carefully jot down the features and attributes of the items that I thought were worthy candidates. This I did for around eight different stores.
Finally I had a well-researched shortlist of the items that I thought would be ideal for my church. The activity left me quite knowledgeable about how to shop for musical appliances.