Music to the ears: The Bassment is SA’s first subscription-based online music marketplace

Wian Oberholzer has just made things a whole lot easier for e-commerce in the music industry with his welcomed brainchild The Bassment – South Africa’s first online secure music gear marketplace.

A clever play on the word “basement” – usually home to old but still very much alive instruments and sound equipment – this marketing platform allows you to list, buy and/or sell any musical instruments ranging from your grandfather’s antique Grand Piano, to 808 drums.

The Bassment works on a subscription-basis to weed out lack of responsibility between buyer and seller characteristic of free e-commerce sites like Facebook Marketplace. 

How it works: In a fully transparent process, navigate your way through an aesthetically clean, user-friendly website to find the subscription plan that suits your needs best.

  • Free 3 days only
  • 1 Month R 9,99
  • 3 Months R 49,99
  • 12 Months R 99,99

Once a plan is selected, it is compulsory to choose your category and add in all relevant details and photos.

After a 24-hour approval process which includes assistance in ad-specific creation for extra exposure and also to ensure that certain standards are met, the listing will go live on The Bassment’s website. 

Plus, The Bassment has created a direct chat option for musos to talk about anything from piano teacher recommendations, to where to find the best guitar strings.

In a statement The Bassment says: “We are committed to creating a secure platform to assist all musicians in this process, whether it is to sell something to fund a new project or someone looking to start their musical career, we want to be there every step of the process and be as transparent as possible.”