Frequently Asked Questions
1. I’m new here. What is Recorders for sale / recordersforsale.com?
Recorder world was lacking a proper place for classified recorder listings — at least regarding accessibility and modern web technology. It’s in this context that I came up with the idea to create this website. My aim is to help sellers from all over the world (which means: recorders listed here do not belong to me in about 95% of the cases) find a new home for recorders they may not need anymore that still deserve to be played, which in turn may benefit a lot of players in search of a new instrument. So far, recordersforsale.com has proved to be a great platform to showcase—at a very reasonable price—any recorders whoever might be willing to sell. Although my main motivation is not an economic one, I’m asking for a small fee to publish your ad since it takes some time to post a new item here, I’m a professional player and teacher, and my time resources are limited. → Keep reading if you have a recorder you want to sell!
2. How much does it cost to publish my ad on recordersforsale.com?
I’m charging just 10 € to post your ad for each recorder you want to sell. As said above, it takes some time to publish a new item here, I have limited resources, and it’s not my full-time job.
3. Selling a recorder consort?
The ad price for recorder consorts is set per instrument since, proportionally, the amount received by the seller will also be much bigger than for a single instrument. Therefore, an ad for a set of 5 recorders would cost 50 € (which, again, is proportional to the amount generated by the sale). In case you’re selling a rather cheap consort (like asking about 2000 € for 5 instruments), there’s also the option that the buyer pays (part of) the ad: for instance, sellers could ask for 2025 € (splitting the costs) or 2050 € instead of 2000 €, and thus the buyer would pay for (part of) the ad. Not the normal procedure, but sometimes (cheap consorts with reasonable asking prices) it can be fair, and most anyone willing to invest 2000 € will not have much trouble with 2050 € instead.
4. Does recordersforsale.com charge a commission for sold instruments?
No. I do not charge a commission on items for sale — other online services charge as much as 30% off out of the total sale price. recordersforsale.com is much cheaper than other instrument listing services!
5. Great. How do I go ahead and publish my advertisement?
Let’s keep it simple:
- First, make your payment either via bank transfer (my preferred way: I can now accept payments without extra fees in EUR, USD, GBP, AUD and CHF thanks to TransferWise. Just contact me for the bank details) or through the PayPal button below (alternatively, you can also use this link):
Note: For those of you who’d rather prefer other ways of payment, there are other options available. Please get in touch.
Info: then send me all the essential information about your recorder through this contact form (you could copy & paste the example below) plus links to 2-3 photos of the instrument (see details below):
- Model: Bressan
- Pitch: A = 415 Hz
- Wood: boxwood
- Built in: 2012
- Ships from: [country]
- Price: 900 € [In order to avoid speculation on recorder prices, I require sellers to specify a price for their instruments.]
- Current state: [brief description of the instrument]
- Photos: send me links to at least 3–4 pictures of your instrument. Photos are essential, and I will not publish any item without them: people will want to see a current photo of your instrument! Experience has shown that the more pictures you send, and the better image quality you get, the sooner your recorder will get sold. Recommended: take your photos against a white background, clearly showing the most sensitive parts of the recorder: window, beak, thumb hole, etc. See an example here. Important: required size is 970 pixels for the smallest side of your image (minimum size would be 970 × ≥970 pixels); otherwise the homepage’s layout will get broken. Please don’t email me your photos. Instead, upload them to Dropbox, Google Drive or a similar service, and include the download links in your message.
- Once I’ve got the information and photos, I’ll post it. Usually, within 2–3 working days, but please be patient if it takes a bit longer: I still have to practice! 😉
- Once the recorder is sold, just let me know, and I will label your ad as sold.
6. How do I pay for my ad?
As previously stated, you can make your payment either via bank transfer (my preferred way: I can now accept payments without extra fees in EUR, USD, GBP, AUD and CHF thanks to TransferWise. Just contact me for the bank details) or through PayPal: for your peace of mind, I out-source all our billing to PayPal, the most respected payment processor on the web. Only PayPal has access to your credit card information, giving you maximum flexibility, confidence and protection. Through PayPal, you can make payment with your choice of major credit card, bank transfer or PayPal account. You do not need to have a PayPal account! And again: for those of you who’d rather prefer other ways of payment, there are other options available. Please get in touch.
7. I want to buy a recorder! How do I contact the owner?
Easy. You can contact the seller directly through the contact form you’ll find below each instrument’s details — which means: messages sent through these contact forms will be addressed directly to each seller. It’s a convenient way to prevent the public display of their email addresses (which could be easily spammed) while allowing greater privacy for the sellers. Messages sent through contact forms (but not the subsequent email exchange, naturally) will also reach me. This has proved helpful when, for instance, sellers’ email spam filter settings are too aggressive, or when they don’t get (or can’t find) the messages sent through contact forms for some reason.
8. My role & liabilities
Recorder world is tiny, we recorder players often know each other, and you’ll often find familiar names here. However, you have to understand how recordersforsale.com works and be aware of the following things:
- I limit myself to publishing the information I receive from the sellers “as is”
- By publishing their ads, sellers benefit from recordersforsale.com exposure, and can easily be contacted by the vast amount of potential buyers visiting this website
- I’m not responsible for the final transaction in any ways
- I have no ways to verify the veracity of the ad’s details
- I don’t and will never guarantee a transaction, offer purchase protection or hold a deposit from any party
- It’s the buyer’s own responsibility to check by themselves the veracity of the ad’s details (see some recommendations below)
9. Recommendations & Contract:
- Identify the other party and, ideally, talk to them by phone and/or try to find common friends
- Try to contact the seller through as many social media networks as possible (facebook, twitter and one or two different email addresses, if possible — this will help against an ad hoc, recently created fake profile
- Use a contract of sale. I made a sample one that I’m happy to share here. It’s available in four different file formats to better suit your needs: .docx, .txt, PDF & .pages, as well as in a small .zip file containing all of them:
- Sample sale contract (.docx version) (518 downloads)
- Sample sale contract (PDF version) (368 downloads)
- Sample sale contract (.pages version) (264 downloads)
- Sample sale contract (.txt version) (242 downloads)
- All: (.zip file) Sample sale contract and try out conditions by recordersforsale.com (348 downloads)
Good to protect both seller and buyer. Hope you find it useful. If you think it can be improved somehow, or have any suggestions, please let me know.
10. Are you willing to post here recorders with German fingerings?
No. Plastic recorders not welcomed neither, sorry. Just do the maths: if you’re selling your plastic recorder for, say, 30 €, and I’m asking you 10€ to publish it… It’s just not worth it.
11. And what about transverse flutes or other woodwinds?
Copies of historical flutes (traversi) or other woodwinds, like baroque oboes, are welcome too, as it often happens that recorder players play traverso or oboe too, and vice-versa. So, I think there’s some interest from the RFS audience to know about other woodwinds for sale too.
12. Who’s behind this?
13. Questions, suggestions?
I’d love to hear how you think I could improve this website, so your feedback is much appreciated. Please let me know.
15. ♡ How to support RFS
Recordersforsale.com is an ad-free, independent recorder resource created by Vicente Parrilla in 2015. The site gets over 5,000 unique visitors a month. Running it is expensive and time-consuming but, fortunately, with over 190 instruments sold so far and counting, it’s proving to be a very helpful resource for recorder players. Approximately 99.9% of site visitors don’t financially support the site in any way (which is fine), but if you would like to help make RFS a sustainable side project and keep the site running for years to come, then here is how you can help:
- You are welcome to donate either by bank transfer (my preferred way: I can now accept payments without extra fees in EUR, USD, GBP, AUD and CHF thanks to TransferWise) or through PayPal. You can use this link or just click the button below. Any amount will help
- You can also share RFS with your friends and colleagues—this site has grown entirely by word-of-mouth, so a link on your blog or a mention on Twitter would mean the world to me
Thank you! —VP.