Violin Rentals FAQ
For those new to the world of violins, parents and new students
can quickly become 'bewitched, bothered and bewildered'
with with musical instruments, parts, accessories and trying to
know or find out what they need to get, how to go about it and
why...how much to spend etc... Here we try to offer a
simple approach to what the violin (and violin family
instruments) are all about.
Q: My daughter/son has mentioned that they want to
learn how to play the violin. The school has a good music
program, but what brand or quality of instrument should he/she play
A: On the rental instruments, we stock top quality
instruments. In the world of violin making, things can get out of
hand with super flamed (wood grain) and super deluxe tuning pegs...
we keep it simple. A good violin of quality, made well, with
fittings on it that will hold up over time. We rent and sell
the "Honda and Toyota" types of instruments.
Q: With all the costs of running a family and related
expenses, a violin (or cello), with the monthly rental, lessons, and
more driving around, what's a parent to do? Is it worth all
A: It's worth the money and the time you (as parents) will
put into this. Kids that learn the violin (or any instrument),
are the 'smart' kids in school. It's true! They are also
the well behaved, studious ones that learn discipline (they have to
practice!) Doing so teaches them many things: First,
they learn that the slow and steady investment of their time into
something (dedication) will teach them how things get better and
improve. That if they stick with the program, they too can really be
a good player. Playing in the school orchestras and youth
orchestras out of school, is a lot of enjoyment with like minded
students. These are good kids and music is the draw.
Q: What's the best "fiddle" for my child? A violin, viola,
cello or even...a bass!??
A) That's kind of a funny question. Sometimes for unknown
reasons, it is the INSTRUMENT THAT CHOOSES THE PLAYER! The
players hears or sees a performance, whether it is at school, TV or
even hears 'that sound' in a movie and then discovers later that it
was that particular instrument that was planted in their ears years
before hand. (Think of parents that played classical music in
the house long before this student could walk!)
Q: How do I know I am not overpaying or getting a 'dud' rental
A: There's no "duds" here. We personally hand select
every instrument here. If there is anything at all revealed
(that we don't like) we fix or remedy that, or we simply send the
instrument back. IF, after your child's teacher hears or finds
something that we missed, we're happy to fix or replace it.
Q: How can I shop and compare around the valley?
What do I look for when I am trying to compare...apples to apples?
A: First, we try to find and offer all the same major
brands here and our customers are free to shop and compare the brand
name, model numbers and even strings that come on the instruments.
It can be tricky when brands are not the same, but in some cases we
buy our instruments directly from the makers (in China) and we short
cut the middleman and offer the savings to our customers.
Makes us way more competitive as you get a better instrument and pay
Q: What's this 'Rent-To-Own' thing all about? Is it the
'real deal'? How's that work really?
A: The thinking here is that once the student plays a 4/4
(full sized) instrument and is committed to continuing his playing,
it is silly to rent a violin. The deal then is by renting, you
actually get a 100% credit towards the eventual purchase of a new
violin. To use your credit, the violin has to be at least
double the credit you have stored. Here's an easy example:
Say you have a rental credit totaling $320 and you decide to buy a
violin (viola, cello or bass) for $680. That's doable because
the sale price doubles your credit ($320 X 2 = $640) and so you can
apply the $320 towards the $680 and then only owe $360. That's
a great deal. Additionally, we don't raise the price of our
violins on you (knowing that are trying to use a credit.) So,
unlike some violin shops, we show ALL of our prices beforehand so
that you know what you are doing. Eyes wide open, no tricks!
It's a great opportunity.
Q: Will I need a private teacher and how to find one?
How much to pay for one???
A: Some parents try to save (yes, we know everything costs
money..), but getting a decent teacher will give your young student
a huge jump start in learning. Remember, there's all sorts of
new "instructions" involved: how to hold the violin, how to hold the
bow, how to move and play on it correctly and at the right angle
etc... this makes such a big difference in the beginning. Get
a teacher and then see how it progresses. Some kids like
learning just enough to play in their school orchestras and then
others take off like the Space Shuttle. There is no rhyme or
reason, but have a good teacher in the beginning makes a huge
Q: When, not if, a string breaks, who pays for that on
a rental instrument?
A: You pay for the new strings when they wear out or
break. Strings are good for 6-12 months (depending on brand
and usage), but are not too expensive. For example, a whole
new set of Pirastro Tonicas are around $32. These are more
than say Preludes or Helicores, but in our opinion the Tonicas play and sound like $80 strings.
Q: Is it ok to bring a music teacher with us to your
shop when we rent or buy a new instrument?
A: Yes, not only do we welcome teachers here, we really
appreciate their willingness to come and help. Teachers that
run teaching studios also get discounts with us too!
Q: Lastly, ok so everything is going well, but he/she is out
growing his smaller instrument. How does that work with getting
another larger instrument.
Love this last question because it reminds me how my own kids
would quickly grow out of their new shoes! Often, a teacher
will discover that the student has grown so much that the instrument
is small and they could benefit from a bigger one that matches their
arms and hands. Simply bring in the (now too small instrument)
and get the next one up.
More to come here...