Important Things to Consider When Selling Your Concert Tickets Online

If you or your loved ones can’t use the concert tickets you purchased, why not sell them and give others the opportunity to enjoy the event? By selling your tickets you not only make a profit, but you also make someone else happy. To maximize your time and audience reach, however, it is best to sell the stuff online. You almost do not have leave home to complete the transaction, and you get to cover a much a larger geographic area at a very short time.

Online services allot a web page to advertise and list down your tickets, complete with product description and payment methods. You get to choose whether to mail or e-mail your tickets in many websites; it’s up to you how want it done.

If you’ve decided to sell your spare concert tickets online, please consider the following guidelines before you fully set out on putting up an ad:

Honesty is the best policy. Decide to be honest, particularly when providing details about your ticket. If your ticket is for a seat in a far corner of the hall, indicate so in your advertisement. Don’t give false information or half truths just to make a sale. If a customer complains, particularly if you’re selling through a broker, you might get penalized heavily and marked with a bad record. And, of course, there’s the proverbial “what goes around comes around” pitch…

Price. Set your price about 10 to 20% lower than the face value. Prepare yourself for some haggling, however, particularly when you’re close to the concert date or when there are many other tickets to similar seats being sold. Keep in mind that when you bought the tickets you incurred a loss, so by reselling them actually you gain a profit.

Have a PayPal account ready before you start advertising too.

Who to sell with. There are many options available for selling your tickets:

Use your accounts in social media websites such as Facebook to quickly get the word out to your friends and family. Such websites make for managing the entire selling process and answering buyer queries fairly easy. You might want to make a firm stand on your prices, since these are your loved ones you are dealing with. Loved ones can be the worst (or best, depending on how you look at it) hagglers.

eBay is one of the best ways to sell your tickets if you are looking to make a fairly large profit. You can choose to auction off your tickets or have it sold immediately. If you have premium seating tickets, you can go ahead and put it up for auction. However, it is best to sell at the first offer if yours are tickets to seats that are similar to many others going around.

Online classified ads. There are many online classified ads where you can advertise for free. Don’t expect to get a large markup in this method, but it is efficient enough when it comes to audience reach. Some of the more popular online classified ads are Oodles, Craigslist and USFreeAds.

Ticket brokers. Ticket brokers can be your most efficient choice because they can offer the widest range of services, including advertising and selling. Some of the top-rated brokers are Ticketmaster, Stubhub, and Vivid Seats. Selling fees, commissions and other charges and services differ between companies, and you’ll have to ask around to find the ones that best suit your need. You may also find some of their policies overbearing. To understand them better, put yourselves in their clients’ shoes. Clients want to be protected and assured that they’re getting their money’s worth. Ticket brokers’ policies are designed to do just those (well, ideally they should).

Mode of delivery. You can choose to ship your tickets, will-call them or send them via e-mail, depending on the website’s policies. Check with them to see if they offer what you want-some do not allow e-mailing of e-tickets nor will-calls.

The Best James Taylor Songs That Never Made The Charts, Part 2

In the first part of this article I listed for you some of the finest James Taylor songs that didn’t reach the Top 40. One of them (“Carolina In My Mind”) I didn’t even know existed until many years after release, when I stumbled upon it by accident.

Suffice it to say that there were so many such songs that the list just kept growing. Here are the rest of the jewels that you really should know about:

1. “Mexico”. Gorilla was J.T’s comeback album after the relatively weak “One Man Dog” and “Walking Man”. It led off with this cleverly crafted, upbeat song with one of the most infectious introductions I’ve ever heard. With David Crosby and Graham Nash providing harmony vocals Taylor spends three verses describing the land South of the border in vivid detail then provides the punch line in his final chorus… that he’s never gone there. Sample lyric: “Oh, Mexico. I’ve never really been so I don’t really know.”

2. “Lighthouse” At least “Mexico” did get some airplay when “Gorilla” was released. This one didn’t. But it should have. Crosby and Nash lend a hand on background vocals once again and the song required only acoustic guitar, bass, percussion and harmonium. How many artists could assume the voice of an inanimate object and make it work? If a lighthouse could talk this is what it would say. Sample lyric: “She’s come halfway round the world to see the light and to stay away from me.”

3. “B.S.U.R.” Nobody’s better than Taylor at producing a song with the feel of a lullaby yet making it sound so appealing. This is another shining example. The chorus is a sad/serious play on the letters of the alphabet. “B.S.U.R.(S.U.C.S.I.M.I.M)”. becomes “Be as you are, as you see, as I am I am.” Written while his marriage with Carly Simon was in the process of falling apart Taylor channeled his disappointments, miscommunications, and misconceptions into this child-like melody. And Simon herself sang the backup vocals. Gently haunting. Sample lyric: “We strain to catch a name and never see the mistakes we must have made.”

4. “Millworker” Odd though it may sound that Taylor sings a song from the perspective of a woman, this ballad speaks volumes. The speaker is a young woman whose husband drinks himself to death, leaving her with three children to take care of. As a result, she works in a mill and clearly sees how it’s going to consume her entire life. With just harmonium, piano, viola and cello to assist his acoustic guitar, songs don’t get much lonelier than this. Sample lyric: “Then it’s me and my machine for the rest of the morning, for the rest of the afternoon, and the rest of my life.”

While we may differ in what we feel are an artist’s or band’s best song it’s hard to argue that some of James Taylor’s songs were the most enduring of the rock era. True, sometimes you have to dig a bit for them. But it’s worth it.

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Checking Out Used Yamaha Pianos For Purchase

The Yamaha piano was first built by Torakusu Yamaha in 1900. It is of Japanese origin. Yamaha sets high standards of efficiency, quality, and performance and are the largest manufacturers of pianos in the world. The piano has state of the art design and engineering and is extremely popular. Used Yamaha pianos too are increasingly in demand in western countries especially the digital, grand, upright models.

Historically, the Japanese have not really liked to buy used products. Further, Japanese and Asian pianos are generally less expensive than pianos made in the West, likely due to lower cost of labor. This has led to a large number of used Yamaha pianos flooding the market.

A piano is a musical instrument played by a keyboard. Pressing a key causes the hammer beneath to strike steel strings. When the hammers rebound, the strings vibrate at a particular frequency. This vibration passes through a bridge to a sound board forcing the board to vibrate at the same frequency. The sound produced is the same but of different timber, and because of the large surface area of the board, this energy is readily changed into sound that is much louder. The string will stop vibrating when the person playing the piano releases the key on the keyboard.

All parts of a piano are specifically identified by the manufacturers to fit their brand of piano and the pianos’ authenticity is then verified using these specific limits. Every piano has a serial number engraved on the instrument. Using this number you can find information on the history of the piano with regard to its completion and sale is all traceable. This is of great significance when checking out used Yamaha pianos.

Once you verify that the parts of the piano are original, especially the sound board, the next step is to make sure that the documents like the warranty and Technician’s Certificate are in order. Used pianos are often restored with spare parts and it is imperative that the parts used are genuine Yamaha parts. Buying from a reputed dealer and having a professional confirm your choice is a good idea.

Through persistent and painstaking attention to detail, the Yamaha brand has made a name for itself as a leader in the piano industry. Used Yamaha pianos are a good choice as new ones with a little inquiry into the genuineness of the product. So, it is always better to buy these pianos.

Buying a piano can be a huge purchase even if it is a used Yamaha piano. You should always research the piano dealer Houston before purchasing the grand piano you are interested in. Making sure you make a smart purchase is the best way to ensure you are enjoying beautiful music from your piano for the rest of your life.

The Story Behind Cat Stevens’ “Father and Son”

There’s little doubt among his many fans that Cat Stevens’ “Father and Son” is one of his most beloved songs. It tells the timeless story of a father not understanding his son’s desire to find his own road in life and the son’s inability to explain to his father why it must be so. Stevens sang both parts, singing the melody line in lower notes when assuming the role of the father and an octave higher when singing the role of the son. In the end he sings both parts simultaneously, first with the father in the foreground and the son in the background followed by a reversal of roles. But what inspired Stevens (now known as Yusuf Isalm, after his Muslim conversion) to write the song? Was it based on his relationship with his own father, someone else and their father, or was it complete fiction?

It certainly wasn’t about Stevens and his own father. Shortly after the song was released he told one interviewer: “I’ve never really understood my father, but he always let me do whatever I wanted-he let me go. ‘Father And Son’ is for those people who can’t break loose.” And in an interview on the The Chris Isaak Hourin 2009, Stevens told about their relationship: “He was running a restaurant and I was a Pop Star, so I wasn’t following the path that he laid out. But we certainly didn’t have any antagonism between us. I loved him and he loved me.”

Actually, the song began as fiction. Written during his early success in England before becoming well known in the United States Stevens originally composed “Father and Son” for a musical project with actor Nigel Hawthorne called Revolussia. It was supposed to be about a boy who wanted to join the Russian revolution against his father’s desire. However, the project fell by the wayside due to Steven’s health. More than a year’s worth of recuperation was forced upon him after contracting tuberculosis and suffering a collapsed lung. The song remained in Steven’s repertoire, however, and ended up on his famed 1970 release “Tea for the Tillerman.”

So how did Stevens view the song after releasing it? In his own words, “Some people think that I was taking the son’s side. But how could I have sung the father’s side if I couldn’t have understood it, too? I was listening to that song recently and I heard one line and realized that that was my father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father speaking.”

If you have ever listened to Cat Stevens then I’m sure you’ll agree that “Father and Son” is easily one of his most personal and sensitive songs. It was, in its own way, a quiet, unique masterpiece.

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