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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000359.txt from 2003/06

From: P Ebersman <list-klarinet@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] On-line purchase
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2003 19:00:23 -0400

macmillan> Are places like "MUSIC123" and "SKYLINE MUSIC" etc. reputable
macmillan> places to purchase a clarinet on-line? I've never made an
macmillan> internet purchase and want to be cautious.

Music123 is a mail-order place. High volume, mostly internet/ebay, no
real support. Skylinemusic.com doesn't seem to yet have a website.

So, if you trust the instrument/brand you're buying enough to believe
that:

They're all of the same quality (for any particular model)

They're all interchangable in sound quality

They won't need any inspections or adjustments

They won't need any support after shipping

you can go for it.

Personally, I've never seen a wooden instrument that fits the above
qualifications.

Just so biases are clear, I have bought a number of instruments over the
net or via mail order. However, it's always been from dealers who also
had retail business, had repair shops I'd trust, etc. or were individual
sellers that I trusted after talking to them and who gave me a 48 hour
approval.

Also, if you don't like vendors who buy bulk email lists and spam, avoid
music123 and its 3-4 other identities. They all use spam regularly and
aggressively. You can tell their the same by visiting the web sites. All
have the same look/feel. Skyline.com may be a new name music123 is
trying to make you think it's a different company.

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