Over the last month or so, I’ve been seeing a lot posts and talk about Reverb.com. It’s market place focusing on music gear, and frankly, the gear makes me drool every time. I had an opportunity to send a few questions to Dan Orkin of Reverb.com to learn a little more about the site.
Before I get into that, Reverb.com is offering a GREAT give away opportunity. By simply signing up to Reverb.com you enter a chance to win a ’61 Reissue Gibson SG! This give away will go on until the end of March. Seems like a no brainer to sign up!
– Why did you guys create Reverb.com?
Reverb was created to be the marketplace for musicians. Whether you’re looking for a one of a kind boutique pedal or a pristine ’57 Stratocaster, Reverb has it all. We’re also building a comprehensive Price Guide with information and price estimates for all sorts of vintage and used gear.
– When did the site go live?
The site launched in mid December, and has already garnered a huge range of vintage, boutique and used instruments and gear.
– Do business list their items in Reverb? Or is this more for individuals?
Reverb is an open market, and attracts both businesses and individual buyers. So far, there’s been a very good mix. We have some big vintage dealers who bring a lot of the eye candy, but we also have a lot of individuals with just one or two listings. We’re also thrilled to see a growing collection of boutique pedal-makers and independent luthiers adding their stuff to the site.
– Can you list heavily used (or vintage) items?
As long its something you use to produce music in some way, you can list it on Reverb. We have a comprehensive break down of condition categories that goes from Brand New on the top all the way down to Non-functioning. The way we look at it is that even if a guitar is literally falling apart,there’s someone out there who wants it for a rebuild project. We also have a few very old antique listings going back as far as the 1850s.
– How are payments secured (if I buy, how do I do it? Credit Card? PayPal?)
Once an deal is made between a buyer and a seller, checkout can be made through PayPal (this includes credit card transactions) or can be made through other means such as bank wire or local cash exchange. When you set up a shop or make a listing on Reverb, you can specify which payment methods you accept as a seller.
– Does it cost money to purchase or list?
It does not cost anything to purchase an item on Reverb (apart from what you pay the seller of course). For sellers, Reverb charges 3.5% of the total amount that’s been sold through Reverb on a monthly basis. Sellers are only ever charged if their gear sells.
– Where do you see Reverb.com in 5 years?
In 5 years, Reverb will be your first stop for all things unique, vintage, and awesome when it comes to buying used music gear. There will be endless deals on used instruments, pedals, recording equipment and tons more to sift through for hours on end. Every page will have new treasures waitingto be found. Our Price Guide will also have record on every conceivable type of music gear with pricing, descriptions, images, and transactional history across the board. Simple put: we’re building gear head heaven.
Since EffectsBay is really about pedals, here is Reverb’s pedal section. It’s definitely a worth a look. Additionally, there are a few great boutique builders offering their pedals there as well. Here are a few: