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is creating ads for new recorders for sale.

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The “Cylindrical recorders”
reward item
€3
per month
Thank you so much for your support!
  • It encourages me to keep providing this service for the recorder community, which is proving to be very helpful and much needed.
  • You’re also helping to keep recordersforsale.com ad-free!
  • Get a €3 discount: As a Patreon Cylindrical recorders supporter, you’ll get a €3 discount once a month when you wish to sell an instrument on RFS! (valid until we reach a minimum of €100 per month and thus unlock free ads on RFS).
  • And last but not least, you’re contributing to unlocking free ads on RFS!
Thank you so much!
The “Flared bell Recorders”
reward item
€5
per month
Not only do you get access to my Patreon feed, but you also get to see the next recorder for sale before it appears on RFS! Includes:
  • Patron-only posts and messages: By getting access to my Patreon feed, you can discover the next recorder for sale before it appears on RFS! This way you’ll increase your chances to get that particular instrument which interests you most.
  • Get a €5 discount: As a Patreon Flared bell Recorders supporter, you’ll get a €5 discount once a month (that is, non-cumulative) when you wish to sell an instrument on RFS! (valid until we reach a minimum of €100 per month and thus unlock free ads on RFS).
  • And everything in the previous tier.
Please don’t post spoilers on social media, though, that’s kind of rude. Let’s keep it between us.
The “Consort Recorders”
reward item
€10
per month
Early access to content: get to see the next recorder for sale earlier than everybody else!
  • By getting work-in-progress updates delivered to your mail, be the first to know about the next recorder for sale before it appears on RFS! This way you’ll notably increase your chances to get that particular instrument which interests you most.
  • Get a €10 discount: As a Patreon Consort Recorders supporter, you’ll get a free ad (valued €10) once a month (non-cumulative) when you wish to sell an instrument on RFS! (valid until we reach a minimum of €100 per month and thus unlock free ads on RFS).
  • And last but not least, you’re seriously contributing to unlocking free ads on RFS!
Thanks a lot!

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About

Hi! My name is Vicente Parrilla, and I regularly post recorders for sale ads on an ad-free, independent website: recordersforsale.com (RFS).

Since 2015, RFS has helped recorder players around the world find a new home for instruments they don’t need anymore, and other players discover new ones. With over 200 instruments sold so far (and counting), it’s proving to be a very helpful and much-needed resource for recorder players.

Your support

When you donate to my Patreon, you will support a month of free recorder ads content! Every month, your donation will go towards making sure that these ads keep getting posted week after week, and making sure that I stay sane while trying to balance my musical career with my RFS service.

Why I’m starting a Patreon

I have never charged a sales commission. Instead, I’ve been asking recorder sellers for a small, reasonable fee in exchange for posting their ads on recordersforsale.com. Although my primary motivation for offering this service is not a financial one, the truth is that, like all good things, these ads take time to produce. A lot of time — between processing and formatting your text data, marking up the HTML, entering the metadata, adding tags and categories, resizing, renaming and retouching seller’s photographs, etc., each post takes between 20-30 minutes to produce and publish.

But I don’t just post the ads on RFS. I also post them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (pssst!… and I’m also thinking of launching a YouTube channel, as interested buyers are increasingly demanding audio clips). Unfortunately, finding time is exceptionally difficult. This is time that I have to squeeze into my busy schedule, trying to survive and build my career as a musician. As I’m a professional player and teacher, my time resources are limited. And now that I’m currently doing a PhD, more than ever — so I can’t just do it for free.

So, basically, I need your help to keep RFS alive. Since 2015, I’ve seen the service and its audience grow (and, what’s more incredible, entirely by word-of-mouth: the site gets over 9,000 unique visitors a month) to the point that I believe a different reward system would make more sense now and would be more convenient for all. Here’s where Patreon comes in.

Free ads = more recorders for sale!


By creating a Patreon account, I aim to reverse the reward model. Instead of asking a few sellers to pay for their ads, I believe it makes more sense to ask the big RFS’s audience to become supporters so that those who can make a small, regular contribution to support my work. I’m sure it would be a win-win-win situation:

  • For sellers: Having to pay a fee (even a small, reasonable one) when they most need cash —which is naturally the primary reason for them to decide to sell an instrument— is not the ideal situation. With free ads, this is not a barrier anymore!
  • For buyers: Free ads will make posting an advertisement on RFS a no-brainer, which means the number of recorders advertised on RFS will probably grow considerably, so… more recorders for sale!
  • For myself: counting on even a small, but a regular fee will mean a great help to me —especially now, just a few months after I quit my teaching job— and will allow me to plan better ahead

The goals

I would still need to find the right balance: imagine I ask for too little, but I get an avalanche of free ads to post. Whether I charge or not, my time resources are still limited, and this can never become my full-time job. Especially if it does not allow me to keep the lights on by itself!

Therefore, my plan is:

  • When I reach €100 per month, I will stop charging sellers for ads. I will then commit to posting ten free ads per month! Remember, free ads = more recorders for sale!
  • In the event I reach €200 per month, I would determine to post as much 20 free ads per month. Again, free ads = more recorders for sale! And so on, although I’m not betting that high…
Become a Patreon supporter to unlock free ads for RFS!

What if…?


  • I become a Patreon supporter, but we don’t reach a minimum of €100 per month. In the meantime, you continue charging sellers per ad?
I guess it will take a while to reach the point in which the conversion to free ads can happen, so please be patient (in the meantime, RFS will continue working on a fee-per-ad basis). But fear not. I have a great, exclusive offer for Patreon supporters contributing €5 per month or more: you will get to know about the next recorder for sale earlier than everybody else! This way, when a new instrument arrives that particularly interests you, you will have more chances to get the instrument yourself!

  • I’m a seller, and I have currently a paid ad on RFS for a recorder that is still for sale
In this case, please consider that, besides having benefitted from RFS exposure to a broad audience, you have contributed to keeping the service alive so far. Many thanks for that!

  • I’m a new seller, and I have just sent you a request to post my ad. How long will it take to get online? 
Once I’ve got the required information and photos, I will try to get it online as quick as possible. However, it may be the case that I will need to give priority to ads from sellers that also are Patreon supporters. It has even happened before that an ad arrives while I’m travelling or rehearsing for a concert. Or maybe I am in the middle of any other kind of project. In such a case, please be patient if it takes a bit longer than usual.

WIP

As long as this idea is still a work in progress and considering I’m new at this Patreon thing, please expect to find changes and adjustments shortly. They will allow me to keep the process as consistent and as fair as possible for everybody.

Thank you!

This is a one-man operation, but thanks to Patreon and your support, it can be so much more!

–Vicente

Photo credits: beautifulrecorders.com
Goals
€17 of €100 per month
When I reach €100 per month, I will stop charging sellers for ads. I will then commit to posting ten free ads per month! Remember, free ads = more recorders for sale!
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