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Buying From Thomann Ships to USA & Canada

Greetings to my visitors from the other side of the globe! I have been recently having a huge number of visitors from the USA and Canada and I would like you to create a full guide about how to order musical instruments, accessories and pro-audio gear from one of the best musical instruments companies in the world, Thomann!

As many of you probably already know, Thomann is a German musical instruments store located in Germany. What most people are now aware of is that Thomann is the 2nd largest company and the fastest-growing one in the musical instruments industry.

About Thomann

For those who don’t know, Thomann was founded in 1954 in Germany as a family business and has become one of the biggest musical instruments stores on the planet. 🙂 At the moment, they have over 100,000 products in stock, 1700 employees and almost 14 million customers worldwide from 120 different countries!

To fully understand how big Thomann is and how the company has become the fastest-growing one, just have a look at this data here (Source:

This data from 2018 shows the annual revenues of giant musical instrument companies in the world. According to this data, Thomann had $956,414,280 in revenue in 2017 which places the company in the 2nd position just after Guitar Center (founded in 1959) which had $2,140,000,000.

So what makes Thomann unique and special? If you already have a look at the data, you will notice that Guitar Center made this revenue with 11,000 employees located in 430 stores all across the United States. But what about Thomann?

Thomann made almost half of Guitar Center‘s revenue with only 1208 employees and from only a single location! This clearly shows how progressive and efficient Thomann has become in recent years. Their passionate approach to customers has yielded magnificent results.

As a former musical instruments professional, I would like to provide my visitors from the American continent (United States of America, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Chile and many others) with the most detailed guide for buying musical instruments from Thomann!

Does Thomann Ship to USA and Canada?

As I have mentioned above, Thomann is pretty unique in this industry by being a German and a single-location company in the heart of Europe. I strongly believe many people still are not aware of the fact that Thomann ships anywhere in the world!

Another point worth mentioning is Thomann’s prices. Many people wouldn’t even start comparing product prices between their local stores against Thomann because they think Thomann doesn’t ship to their locations and buying something from another side of the world wouldn’t be worth the effort.

Buyers also consider shipping prices especially if their orders are travelling from Europe to the Americas. Most of the time they are also worried about customs taxes for musical instruments. First of all, let’s have a look at the shipping costs for ordering from Thomann.

International Shipping Rates of Thomann

One of the most important parameters that you should consider when you are buying from overseas, is the total shipping costs. Below you can see a table of shipping costs for various countries in the American continent. I have tried to list most of the destinations that I encounter in my website analytics.

The total shipping costs for orders up to 30 to 32 kg change from 30 Euros to 60 Euros. Note that these prices are flat. However, if you are planning to purchase huge items over 30 kg, you will receive a shipping quotation from Thomann.

Thomann has a full dedicated page for shipping rates here, to give you easier access, I have listed the most preferred locations on the American continent below.

Your orders will be always carried by UPS, you will have a 30-day money-back guarantee and 3 years warranty regardless of your country!

Thomann Shipping Fees for USA and Canada – Updated

Thomann has recently updated the shipping fee information on their web page. For only the USA and Canada, now you need to enter your full address with a postal code to calculate the exact shipping fees.

Once you have added your items to your cart, just proceed and go to the checkout page. There you will enter your full address, and postal code and Thomann will tell you the exact shipping fees.

For the rest of the countries in the table below, fixed shipping fees within the given weight range remain the same.

DestinationShipping CostEstimated Delivery TimeMax WeightWarrantyReturnsCarrier
USATo be calculated on the checkout page6 - 9 Working Days31kg3 Years30 Days Money BackUPS
CanadaTo be calculated on the checkout page6 - 10 Working Days30kg3 Years30 Days Money BackUPS
Brazil50 Euro10 - 15 Working Days30kg3 Years30 Days Money BackUPS
Mexico50 Euro9 - 14 Working Days32kg3 Years30 Days Money BackUPS
Colombia50 Euro10 - 15 Working Days30kg3 Years30 Days Money BackUPS
Argentina50 Euro10 - 15 Working Days20kg3 Years30 Days Money BackUPS
Peru50 Euro10 - 20 Working Days30kg3 Years30 Days Money BackUPS
Chile50 Euro10 - 20 Working Days30kg3 Years30 Days Money BackUPS
Venezuela50 Euro8 - 10 Working Days30kg3 Years30 Days Money BackUPS
Ecuador60 Euro10 - 20 Working Days30kg3 Years30 Days Money BackUPS
Guatemala60 Euro10 - 20 Working Days30kg3 Years30 Days Money BackUPS
Haiti60 Euro10 - 20 Working Days31kg3 Years30 Days Money BackUPS
Dominican Republic60 Euro10 - 20 Working Days30kg3 Years30 Days Money BackUPS
Bolivia60 Euro10 - 20 Working Days30kg3 Years30 Days Money BackUPS

Thomann Prices – Worth Buying From Overseas?

Many people feel like they should avoid buying from the EU while residing on the American continent because of high overall costs. However, this is not always the case!

There are hundreds of great musical instruments and accessories brands that are manufactured in the EU, meaning you can almost always get better prices because you are ordering from an EU-based company.

To see which brands are worth buying from Thomann, please have a look at my “Is It Worth Buying From Thomann in the USA & Canada?article!

What about Thomann USA?

Let’s have a look at an example brand and a product. Access Virus TI2 Desktop Synth is a German company that manufactures handmade synths.

Virus TI2 costs $1999 at Sweetwater whereas it costs $1699 at Thomann (USA price without VAT)

As you can see, when you visit Thomann (Try clicking here and see if it is working) for Access Virus TI2, you will be directed to the Thomann Music website where you will see the price in USD without 19% VAT.

So how much would you be paying in total including shipping and customs tax? Let’s take the United States of America, as an example.

Here on the United States International Trade Commission website under Chapter 92, you can download the full document on the taxation of musical instruments, pro audio and accessories.

If you search for synths, you will see that synths (over item’s value) are taxed at 5 to 5.4%.

Example Order including customs tax + shipping for the USA

Buying Access Virus TI2 Desktop Synth from the USA

– Thomann price for the US: 1699USD

-Shipping: 30EURO = 32.94USD (This will change according to your location in the USA or Canada)

-Customs Tax: 1699USD*0.05 = 84.95USD

Total cost: 1816.89USD whereas it’s 1999USD at Sweetwater.

This example shows Thomann is the way to go when you can find really good value for the effort!

What about Thomann Canada?

Let’s take the same example above and apply the Canadian customs tax rate. If you have a look at the Canada Border Services Agency page under chapter 92, and filter “synth“, you will see that the tax rate is 6%. So if we apply this to the example above;

Buying Access Virus TI2 Desktop Synth from Canada

– Thomann price for the US: 1699USD

-Shipping: 50EURO = 54.90USD (This will change according to your location in the USA or Canada)

-Customs Tax: 1699USD*0.06 =101.94USD

Total cost: 1855.84 USD whereas it’s 2281 USD (2890 CAD) at Kempermusic.

As you can see, almost the same numbers can be found by calculating the total costs of a value purchase.

Of course, not every single item will give you this kind of price edge. So it’s important to be able to calculate the total costs upfront and decide if it would be worth it.

*Since I don’t speak any of the Latin American languages I’m not able to do research on musical instruments tax rates.

Maybe you can inform us of various tax rates for each country. If you are from one of these countries (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Chile…), please go to the “Contact” section and share the musical instruments tax rate information of your country so I can add this information to this guide article.

What are the other examples of value purchases?

There are many excellent value purchases on Thomann! Let’s find some other examples. If you are a drummer, you are probably aware of a Turkish cymbal manufacturer, Istanbul Agop. Since they are made in Turkey, they must be way cheaper in the EU than in the USA.

I take “Istanbul Agop 15″ Cindy Blackman OM Hi-Hat” as an example item, as you can see it’s 422USD on Thomann whereas it is 809USD on Musician’s Friend!

If you go back to that document on taxation of musical instruments, pro audio and accessories, cymbals are taxed at 4.8%.

Buying Istanbul Agop 15″ Cindy Blackman OM Hi-Hat from the USA

– Thomann price for the US: 422USD

-Shipping: 30EURO = 32.94USD

-Customs Tax: 422USD*0.048 = 20.25USD

Total cost: 475.19USD whereas it’s 809USD at Musician’s Friend.

Order your long-waited instrument today!

Buying Austrian Audio OC818 Dual Set Plus from the USA

Another great example is a high-end microphone manufacturer from Austria: Austrian Audio OC8181 Dual Set Plus!

– Thomann price for the US: 1999USD

-Shipping: 30EURO = 32.94USD (This will change according to your location in the USA or Canada)

-Customs Tax: 2299USD*0.05 = 99.95USD*

Total cost: 2131.89 USD whereas it’s 2399 USD at Sweetwater.

If you search for microphones on the United States International Trade Commission website under Chapter 85all microphones are tax-free. If you know why microphones are tax-free, please let me know so I can add this info to the article.

So as an example, I have calculated a 5% tax on this also. Even with this extra number added, it’s way cheaper than in the US.

Note that these calculations are estimated, total costs might be slightly higher or lower.

So far, there have been 73 people ordered from Thomann (from USA and Canada) successfully received their orders, guided by this article. 🙂 The products vary from digital pianos, electronic drums, keyboards, guitars (Harley Benton 20 pieces!!!) and studio equipment. Not a single problem reported!

Buying Harley Benton from the USA, Canada or outside Europe

There are also examples of value purchases that are only possible with Thomann. As many of you already know, Thomann has an excellent line of subbrands. They cover almost all musical instruments, pro audio and related accessories. Thomann’s exclusive brands offer you the best value/money while being really affordable for all budgets.

See Thomann’s exclusive brands

One of the best examples and also one of the most popular Thomann’s exclusive brands is Harley Benton!

Harley Benton represents Thomann’s electric, acoustic, and bass guitars, ukuleles, guitar amps and related accessories.

Recently, I have noticed many of my visitors prefer Harley Benton products using this buying guide you have been reading.

So if you want to order a Harley Benton, it’s guaranteed that you will get an excellent value instrument as it’s exclusive and only available at Thomann!

So far dozens of Harley Benton electric, acoustic, bass guitars, guitar amps and accessories have been purchased via this article and I have never received a single concern which makes me extremely proud and happy! 🙂

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Mega List of Brands that are worth buying from Thomann in the USA & Canada

As promised, I have just released an article that has 1186 brands at Thomann which would be worth buying in the USA or Canada.

I put so much effort to finish this article and literally went through 2300 brands one by one and analysed them for my American and Canadian visitors!

Is It Worth Buying From Thomann in the USA & Canada?

Please have a look at my article and share it with your friends, many thanks in advance!

I hope this article guide has been helpful to you! Visit Thomann today and place your order, and don’t forget to share your Thomann experience with me! Go to the “Contact” section and tell me about your experience with Thomann.

Thanks for visiting my blog, putting trust in my content and supporting me so far! I will hopefully see you in the next piece of content here!

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