A new study suggests that the vast majority of the world’s population is not willing to pay for musical instruments.
A survey of more than 5,000 musicians in more than 60 countries found that most of them either do not have the money to buy or do not even know how to find them.
In addition, they said the music was often too expensive, with many paying upwards of $100,000 for a set.
“The majority of musicians in the study had heard about this idea that people are buying a lot of musical instruments and are just waiting for the right price,” said study co-author, Dr. Paul S. Parekh, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia.
“I was shocked when I looked at the results.”
Singer-songwriter Mimi Parker was among the respondents.
“I’ve been in a band for 17 years and we sell more than $100k in music,” Parker told Business Insider.
“But this is the first time I’m actually able to get a musical instrument.”
Parker said she has been able to find a cheap instrument at a fraction of the price she usually pays for a traditional piece of music.
She said she was skeptical of the study because of the lack of data on how many people have actually bought a musical object.
“But when I got the results I was like, wow, there’s something out there,” Parker said.
Parker is one of many musicians who said they do not buy musical instruments because they are not able to afford them.
“They just can’t afford them,” said songwriter and producer Chris Pileggi, who said he was unable to find his $100 instrument.
“My wife just says that she has a piece of paper that says, ‘I bought this,’ but it’s not a guitar, it’s just a guitar.
So I’ve never bought a guitar.”
In the United States, the average price for a new guitar is around $500, but there are many other instruments that are also inexpensive.
There are even inexpensive, custom-made acoustic guitars that are available on eBay for as little as $1,000.
“People buy them for their kids, for their wives,” said musician and producer Brian Wilson.
“If you look at a lot more guitars than I’ve owned, I think the majority of people just don’t have the funds to pay the price that they’re paying.
I think that’s something that should be considered.”
The researchers found that the majority were not willing or able to buy a musical tool.
In general, musicians said they did not trust their friends, family, or co-workers when it came to the purchase of musical instrument.
“If people are not willing and able to do it, I’m not going to do anything,” Parker explained.
“Because if I’m going to have a conversation with somebody and I’m like, ‘What do you think this is?’ and they’re like, nothing, then I’m just going to give up.”
Pileggis own musical instrument is a custom-built acoustic.
He said the price of a piece could be as low as $10,000 and that he often buys a guitar to play for his friends when they are at a recording studio.
“We all get into a conversation, we all just go, ‘OK, we’ll just go home, we’re going to be in bed, I’ll just do it myself,’ and that’s what it’s like,” Pilegi said.
“And then, when we’re home, it just feels like it’s going to take forever.”