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Mesa Phoenix 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 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 and choose?

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 this???

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 instrument?

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 less.

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 difference.

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...