Sites like Sparkplug make it easier for musicians to borrow and rent equipment from other musicians when their’s is busted. Whether it be a guitar amp or a microphone stand you’re in need of, or are renting out, make sure you bare the following tips in mind when renting equipment.

– If you’re not sure, don’t do it: You don’t have to rent to people you’re not sure of, you can say no. If you’re exchanging the equipment in person get a bit of information about the individual who is going to rent it and what they’re going to be using it for, if you’re having second thoughts about renting don’t go through with it. Always make sure you’re happy with the purpose your equipment is being used for, you don’t want your vintage classic guitar being used at a rock gig.

If you’re renting equipment, make sure it will serve the purpose you need it for. If you requested to rent equipment and take a look at it but have seconds thoughts, you can change your mind. Don’t feel pressured into renting equipment that may not be right for you, take a look at different places to rent and see what’s best for you. Also, if you’re renting it from an owner, make sure you have a positive feeling about them and that they are reputable.

– Remain professional: Handle the transaction in a professional manner, regardless of whom the transaction is with. If you’re renting out equipment be straightforward with whoever is renting it about how you expect it to be treated and how you want it to be returned.

If you’re renting the equipment be punctual by sticking to times when picking up and dropping off. If you’re running late notify whoever you rented from and let them know when you’ll arrive. Being respectful should be done by both parties. No one will rent their gear out to someone who is rude and doesn’t seem to care about other peoples property, and no one will want to pay to rent equipment from someone of the same nature.

– Inspect what you’re renting: This should be done by both parties before and after renting equipment. If you’re renting out your equipment, have a good inspection before you rent it out and take any pictures of the equipment before you rent it just so you have evidence of the condition it was in before you rented it. When the equipment is returned do the same thing, have another inspection to see if anything new has appeared. If something appears missing or damage make sure you confront the renter as soon as possible so it can be sorted, preferably before they leave.

If you’re renting the equipment, do the same things. Take a good look at the equipment before you make the transaction and take a few pictures if anything is broken or damaged, just as a back-up. You don’t want to return the equipment and be accused of breaking it when that part was already damaged when you picked it up but have no proof to confirm it, be on the safe side. If you’re renting a piece of electronic equipment/technology make sure it’s fully functioning by plugging it in before you take it away. If you’re the owner do the same thing when the equipment is being returned just to double check.

– Respect what you’re renting: If you’re renting equipment from someone else, treat it exactly how you’d want your own equipment to be treated. Music equipment is special to each individual owner and may hold irreplaceable memories, so take care of how you’re using it when performing.

– Connect: Musicians are likely people to rent out their equipment and if you’ve rented from them you’ve just made an easy connection. Talk to the person you’re renting to/from and get to know a bit about them and what their musical background is. They could be a music producer or songwriter and looking for their next project, a position you could potentially be part of. Don’t waste the opportunity of making a new connection by just grabbing the gear and leaving. Take the opportunity to get some information and contact info for future reference.

The above points are easy things to do/look out for when renting to and from another musician. Share them with other bands,artists and musicians so they also know what to look out for to make sure a future transaction runs smoothly.

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