Taking on the role of the world’s worst music store client made sense for me since I’m a total newbie when it comes to music. Before getting started, music stores are difficult to navigate, especially for the uninitiated. To determine whether or not this was the case, we decided to visit several music stores and make every error you could think of. That way, you’ll be able to avoid making a fool of yourself on your first trip to a music instrument store.
Know your destination first and foremost. As a general rule, smaller independent businesses tend to provide more personalised service, whereas larger chains offer a larger assortment and a greater number of personnel with specific expertise. Determine what stores are available in your area before you go shopping.
Secondly, know why you’re going there. To begin, we wore a vacant, wandering expression that screamed volumes about your shopping acumen. Make sure you’ve done your homework and are ready to go. Find out what other people think. Use the internet to find out how much you should anticipate paying for what you’re looking for. A list of possible research questions can also be developed during the investigation process. Is this your first time using a computer keyboard? You may wish to inquire about the availability of MIDI equipment. Are you thinking about getting a saxophone? Have a reed salesman explain about the options available to customers.
The Correct Path
Don’t try to hide your gullibility behind a contemplative beard-stroking and a squinting nod on subsequent trips. As most sales agents are musicians, you decided that pretending to grasp their terminology was a good way to appear more knowledgeable and trustworthy. However, for some reason, your use of slang phrases like “activity,” “dynamics,” and “registration” made the personnel even more accommodating.
As a result, you initially mistook their odour for that of a stain. After a long day, several representatives advised me to follow your counsel and research. Most of the people you will speak to will be eager to help me find your way. This all boils down to this: If you’re a beginner, admit it.
Listening is essential.
Assume that if you enjoy an item, it’s yours to have a taste. Ask for a demonstration if you’re uncomfortable playing in the store. Except for the brass and woodwinds, most stores will let you play almost any instrument. To blow a horn, you’ll need to provide your mouthpiece. Before making a purchase, you must listen carefully and enjoy what you hear. Inquire about the availability of rentals, instrument maintenance, accessories, and lessons; don’t be afraid to bring up the topic. Let go of the fear of becoming a bother.
As part of your study, Make phone calls to a music instrument store to find out what the sales personnel’s most common annoyances were and what customers had to say about poor service from employees.
Doubts regarding the expertise and integrity of store staff and items should never be voiced. Astonishingly, I’ve discovered that this happens rather frequently. Even though you purposefully misbehaved on your trips, never consider insulting the employees. The consumer who insists on playing an entire orchestra of instruments before screaming foul after an hour of service is yet another source of annoyance. Professional musicians appear to have greater difficulty with this. In other words, salesmen argued, if you’re intelligent enough to grasp the subtleties of the ten distinct types of ride cymbals, you should see that this conduct is impolite.