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Old 22nd October 2018
Gear Head

My keyboard repair guy does this, he says "donations gladly accepted" after he's done with the repair. I'm sure he does it so that it keeps it under the table for tax reasons. I personally find it stressful because I don't really know what he would charge normally for the repair, I don't want to underpay and I don't want to over pay either. I probably end up giving him more than he would normally charge because I'm afraid of underpaying. But now I'm thinking of finding a different repair guy because I don't want to have to go through that dance any time I need something repaired. Personally I think if someone is providing a service (such as a studio in your example) it should be an agreed upon fixed rate up front. But that's just my 2c