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Yes, we have four stores across Texas and one in New Mexico.
This depends on whether your child stays in band. If your child stays in band, buying an instrument outright would be the least expensive option. You would pay more upfront, but you would avoid the future lease fees that would occur on a rental plan. One benefit of renting is if your child does not continue in band, then you are only responsible for the money spent during the rental period. Tarpley Music has an outstanding rental/purchase plan that allows for return of an instrument at any time. Of course, if you pay through the entire rental term you will then own the instrument.
If you buy a quality name-brand instrument, it will always have some value as long as it is in good condition. If you decide to sell it, there are students joining band every year who will be looking for an instrument to purchase. Some music stores also purchase or trade instruments. Remember, stores will look to buy any used instrument at wholesale value, because they have to then resell and warranty the instrument.
Yes. At Tarpley Music, you can exchange your instrument at any time during the first fifteen months for another instrument equal or greater value and nost lose the principal you have already paid as long as you are current on your account.
It is your option, but we believe that it offers a great value as a precaution for beginners. There are many small moving parts in most musical instruments. In the hands of a beginner, unintentional damage can occur which could result in costly repairs. Everyday use of the instrument and normal wear and tear can also necessitate some minor adjustments from time to time. No manufacturer, at any level, has made a band instrument that doesn't need maintenance and eventual repair during it useful life.
That depends on the style of music you will enjoy playing. An acoustic guitar can be played anywhere without an amplifier. A greater variety of sounds can be produced from an electric guitar.
Greater care is taken in selecting the materials used and in the construction of guitars with a higher price tag. Nicer guitars are easier to play and sound better.
The more important thing to check is to see if the strings can be pushed down without making your fingers bleed. Always play the guitar (or have someone play it for you) before buying it. PLAYING GUITAR SHOULD BE FUN.
Keep it our of temperature extremes. Avoid putting it in the trunk of your vehicle, etc... All guitars should be kept in the case with a humidifier (especially during winter) when you're not playing it.
The more often you play, the more often you should change your strings. Some professionals change their strings everyday, and some people go for weeks before they change strings. Some brands of strings have a longer life span than others, and others sound better. We encourage you to experiment with strings and find the string that works best for you.
For most live situations you will want a directional dynamic mic. These mics are generally rugged and less prone to feedback. The better quality dynamic mics are more durable and have less handling noise than mics of lesser quality. It's a good idea to listen to some mics before making a decision on which one to get.
For a practice amp 10 watts of power and an 8" speaker is plenty. For performance, having at least 60 watts and one 12" speaker is a good place to start. More power (up to 120 watts) and more speakers (up to four 12" speakers) give you more volume. Check out a few amplifiers before you buy one.
Guitar amps were originally manufactured with vacuum tubes as were all electronic devices in the 1940's. These amps have the tone most guitar players prefer. The vacuum tubes do wear out and need to be replaced periodically. Solid state guitar amps were introduced in the late 1960's and have a different tone than tube amps. Solid State amps require less maintenance than tube amps. Neither type is better than the other, as both bring different options to the table, we encourage you to come check out the difference at one of our stores.
This is the sound that is usually associated with loud rock music. This sound can be achieved at lower volumes with distortion pedals or the built-in distortion on guitar amps. There are different sounding distortions that are determined by the brand of guitar amp and/or the type of distortion pedal used.
Most amps have have two "channels". This feature gives the amp a clean or pure tone and a distorted or dirty sound. Some amps have three channels. One channel is clean, while the other two are distorted.
Modeling amps try to imitate the sounds other brands of amps so you can achieve several different sounds from one amp.