Should I Rent or Buy an Instrument?

Congratulations! You or someone in your life has found a wonderful activity that will provide a lifetime of enjoyment. Picking up any instrument and deciding to play is one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome, so with that out of the way… you’ve got some decisions to make. The ultimate question when looking at instrument options is whether to rent or buy. The answer to this can range from player to player, skill level, and passion.

Weighing the Options.

Are you shopping for yourself or for your child? For parents, and adult students alike, the idea of purchasing an instrument can be quite daunting. Opinions widely differ on this subject, but the most important thing is to find the right solution for you, your family, and your budget. The primary assumption is that renting is a more economic, sustainable way to acquire an instrument for yourself or your young student. Here are some of the clear advantages to renting over buying:

  • Ease and Convenience: Renting is a relatively painless, quick process. In a majority of cases, it is as easy as getting a recommendation from your music teacher or local music store and filling out a form.
  • Reliability: Classical instruments require a gentle touch and the occasional tender, love, and care. Unfortunately, most children – regardless of age – struggle with cleanliness and organization. Rental instruments frequently come with an option for insurance and repair services. Some vendors may offer this service at an additional cost; others include it in rental fees. There is peace of mind in knowing the instrument you received has been cared for and there are professionals on standby for you.
  • Flexibility: Kids change interests quickly and many parents fear their child will want to give this up. Renting is the perfect solution for anyone dabbing their toes in the water but not ready to jump. Maybe the first instrument they pick up isn’t the right one for them, so having the ability to try something different without losing a large investment is a reassuring prospect.

Getting Ready to Buy.

The viola has a much deeper, more mellow sound than its counterpart. One reason being the C string as an option on the viola, allowing for these soothing notes to be played. There are many notes that are shared – G, D, and A – but when played on a viola, the sound that is created is somber and resonates due to the larger size of the instrument. If you’ve ever enjoyed the music of an orchestra or symphony, you may recognize the harmonic elements of this wonderful sound.

Treble and Alto Clef.

Deciding to purchase an instrument is more of a commitment than renting, but in the long run it may be a better option for you or your student. If you have the resources available to purchase a brand new instrument you will quickly find there are endless options. You’ve got two options when it comes to make this purchase: online or in store. If there are no local music stores nearby, your music teacher will certainly know how to help you select the right item for you. If you are purchasing from a store online, make sure you’re aware of their home trial policy or return policy.

How long do you imagine yourself or your child being interested in playing an instrument? If you think they’ve got the motivation to keep up with practice and lessons, you should consider giving a gift that will be appreciated for a lifetime. Learn more about Violin Pros and let us know how we can help bring your passion to life.

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