Looking for a new instrument can get pretty pricey, especially when you’re looking for the latest and greatest instruments to jam on.
Even though the prices can sky rocket pretty quickly, there are some great local stores and services that offer some of the best deals for affordable gear across the city. Check out this list of some of the best spots to find musical instruments on the cheap.
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Lil Demon Guitars has a consignment program where they stipulate a selling price, commissions rate, and any repairs or maintenance needed to make the instrument worth selling. They take a commission rate of 14% and charge for any repairs, and then have guitars listed on their site for as low as $269 CDN. The store is located centrally in Parkdale, where there’s a high density population of musicians and artists, so there’s tons of great gear available for affordable prices including guitars, basses, amps, and effect pedals.
Canada’s largest drums-only specialty shop, Just Drums, has been in business for over 30 years, and they still run a used drums program where they take trade ins and sell drums on consignment. The shop guarantees an extensive selection of pre-owned drums that are traded in or can be sold on consignment. Every kit is inspected, cleaned, and tunes so it is ready for the next drummer to use their quality gear for a great price.
Paul’s Boutique is well known in the Greater Toronto Area for buying, selling, trading, renting, and consigning some of the best vintage musical gear at the lowest prices. In general, they specialize in unique and funky gear, but still make space for some classic instrument styles. They sell nearly everything including guitars, basses, keyboards, amps, effect pedals, recording gear, and odds and sods like electronic drum kits. With prices as low as $149 for a guitar and $99 for a keyboard, you can’t go wrong.
McTamney’s Jewellers and Pawnbrokers
McTamney’s may be best known for its jewellery services and customizable wears, but it’s also a destination for musical instruments and sound gear. Whether you’re a beginner looking to pick up that first guitar, or on the hunt for a piece of vintage equipment, make McTamney’s at 139 Church Street one of your stops.
Art and Music Den
The Art and Music Den is an online boutique shop for music and art lovers far and wide. Their physical store, The Mother Of All Guitar Shops, is in Roncesvalles village, where they buy and sell new and used musical instruments, vintage guitars, amplifiars, pedal effects, drums and percussion, traditional instruments, keyboards, and accessories. You can find nearly everything at this store from Tampuras to Mandolins, and the prices are super affordable.
Steve’s Music Store
Steve’s Music Store is a great chain to check out to find some sales. They stock nearly everything you can imagine, from . Although their regular priced instruments aren’t the best deals, you can head to the sale section to find some high quality low cost gear, like with their current promotion where you can get $300 off a Pearl Drum Kit. Steve’s Music also gives the option of a monthly financing payment method, where you would get charged an amount monthly to essentially rent an instrument to own it, paying off the total cost over several months.
The Sound Post
Not only has The Sound Post been around since 1983, but the music store offers a low price guarantee. If you find a lower published price by a competitor, The Sound Post will not only match the price, but they’ll even lower it by 5%. If you see or hear of a better price for any stringed instrument product in the store, all you have to do is email email@example.com and they will offer a further five percent discount if they can confirm the lower price.
There’s no shame in the Kijiji game. Using the online bartering service is a great way to get your next musical instrument on the cheap. From bargaining for a lower price to offering trades, there are tons of ways to find the best deals around on Kijiji, especially since Toronto is one of Canada’s music hubs. With thousands of artists inhabiting the city, there’s lots of rad gear for even better prices online.