Our Story

Instrument retailers have been selling overpriced and overhyped equipment for decades. Modern musicians now have more product choices than ever to distract them from creating their art.

That’s why we created BuyOrBorrow Music. We exist to empower musicians by providing them access to the most desirable gear on the market, without the need to shell out loads of cash for purchases.

Our customers can buy or borrow the equipment they want, giving the power back to musicians to create their art, not obsess over what gear they want.

BuyOrBorrow Music’s mission is to connect musicians with the gear they need to discover their sound.

No fluff. No gimmicks. Just freedom to experiment and create.

Our Story

Instrument retailers have been selling overpriced and overhyped equipment for decades. Modern musicians now have more product choices than ever to distract them from creating their art.

That’s why we created BuyOrBorrow Music. We exist to empower musicians by providing them access to the most desirable gear on the market, without the need to shell out loads of cash for purchases.

Our customers can buy or borrow the equipment they want, giving the power back to musicians to create their art, not obsess over what gear they want.

BuyOrBorrow Music’s mission is to connect musicians with the gear they need to discover their sound.

No fluff. No gimmicks. Just freedom to experiment and create.

Dave Karr

owner & CEO, BuyOrBorrow Music

Dave Karr, founder of BuyOrBorrow Music, has been making music (both awesome and terrible) for over 27 years. 

After spending a decade and a half in corporate America, he decided to create a new business, dedicated to empowering and supporting musicians by providing affordable, on-demand access to music instruments and gear. 

Here’s a little Q&A with our founder:

  • Why did you choose to start BuyOrBorrow Music?

After spending much of my life, and much of my savings 💵 🤦‍♂️, buying and selling music gear to chase my sound and inspiration, I felt there HAD to be a better way for musicians to get gear. 

That’s when the concept of gear on-demand started growing in my mind. After several years of research and hard work, BuyOrBorrow Music is the realization of that original dream. 

Our vision is a world where every musician has the tools and resources they need to achieve their artistic aspirations. 

 

  • Who are some of your musical influences?

I’m all over the place, but the biggest influences come from late 80s / early 90s rock bands. Alternative bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and Garbage are favs. 

I’m also very much into electronic music and love some of the early electronica bands like Sneaker Pimps, Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, and others from the late 90s.

  • What’s your favorite piece(s) of gear?

Do I have to choose just one?? Lol. Probably the most important instrument I own is a ’95 candy apple red Fender Strat, my first guitar. 

In terms of pedals, I love my 808 Tube Screamer, my Memory Man, and my original DOD OD250.

For synths and samplers: I love all the old Roland SP units (particularly the 303 & 404). I also have an original MC-303 and I love it, even though many scoff at them. 

Get It, Plug it, Strum it,
BLAST it, Make it, Mix it,
Rock, replay it.

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  • Borrow 1 item at a time, $1k max value

  • Borrow any item up to 6 months max

  • Swap item 30 days after each shipment

  • Basic gear consultant support

  • Access to members only sales offers

  • Access to workshops & other live events

$29.99 /month

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The Ultimate Way to Discover Your Sound

  • Borrow up to 3 items at a time, $3k max value

  • Earn discounts toward purchases the longer you borrow

  • Borrow any item as long as you want, no time limit

  • Swap gear 30 days after each shipment

  • Personal gear consultant assigned to you

  • Welcome kit with swag and t-shirt

  • Access to borrow VIP items

  • Access to workshops & events hosted by influencers & artists

$59.99 /month

BuyOrBorrow Music donates a portion of sales to Mental Health America (MHA) in support of their continued efforts to promote mental health for all. Learn more about MHA at www.mhanational.org.

 

Rounding up your order helps us support mental health awareness. These incremental funds are donated to Mental Health America (MHA) in support of their continued efforts to promote mental health for all.

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