Topic: buying a bassoon CraigsList/Gumtree
Is it safe buying a bassoon from CraigsList or gumtree? I'm looking to upgrade my bassoon and came across CraigList London. I did a search for 'bassoon' in 'musical instruments - by owner'
From looking at this list on today 11/Feb/2013 there are for example, three Fox 240 bassoons at between 1360 GBP to 1620 GBP, a Puchner 23 at 1860 GBP and a Fox 101 for 3800 GBP. As far as I can make out these prices are around a third the price of the same second hand instrument from a music shop which in turn is obviously cheaper than a new instrument.
Is it that London is brimming with bassoons that people are fed up with and this is the going rate for direct selling where you perform the transaction more or less in a hotel carpark? While it is very tempting part of me is saying 'I wouldn't go there' as the prices seem too good to be true. I'm not sure really how I would test out the bassoon at any rate. Anyhow has anyone any experience of buying a bassoon from CraigsList or gumtree?