Renting a Violin - The Complete Guide

It’s a question that every parent faces when their child starts learning to play a new instrument: to rent or to buy? But although renting might feel like setting out to quit, it can make much more sense financially. Especially with an instrument like the violin, where a player’s needs change with their aptitude. And, of course, it does safeguards against the fickleness of children, who might decide that they’d rather try a woodwind or brass instrument after all, six months down the line.

If you’re trying to decide if instrument rental is for you, the following information might help.

Rent from Home Violin Rental Guide

What do you need to know about violins?

A string instrument, the violin has been played in varying forms since around the 1500s. Made from more than 70 pieces of wood, it is complex in design… And pretty complex to play because like all string instruments, the violin is very sensitive to touch. But with practice, the sound it produces can be sublime, and the earlier you start the better your chances of mastering it. And because it can come in varying sizes, the violin is popular in all age groups. It’s even possible find an instrument suited in size to a three or four-year-old child.

What violin do you want to play?

Unlike many other instruments, the violin doesn’t come in a range of forms. You can get different sized instruments, but the tonal range will be the same. The only real decision is whether you want to play an acoustic violin or an electric, and 99.99% of players will begin with the acoustic. There are also baroque and classical violins, but they are rarely played today. The modern violin – which was actually designed 500 years ago – is much more comfortable to hold and play.

How to rent a violin

Once you’ve decided that violin rental is the right thing for you, the process is incredibly simple. Just visit the Rent From Home violin pages, select the instrument you’re interested in and enter either your store code or zip code. Then follow the prompts. After checkout, we’ll arrange dispatch to the address of your choice – your home, work, or one of our 400 partner music stores across the country.

If you prefer the human touch, or have any questions that you would like to ask before renting your violin, you can call us toll free on: 800-578-9724.

You should receive your instrument within one to five working days of placing the order, dependent on your location.

Returns and exchanges

Of course, the major appeal of renting rather than buying a violin is that you can change your mind at any time. So, if your son or daughter finds that they just can’t get on with their instrument, or lose interest as time goes on, you can simply return it to us. No questions asked. Our contracts roll from month to month, so you’ll never be out of pocket. And with our one-month free trial, you even have 30 days to try out your instrument without spending a single cent.

Rent to own

On the other hand, many of our customers find that once they start learning to play, they develop a lifelong love of the violin and the thought of returning it is beyond them. If that happens to be the case with your child, then we can simply switch you onto a rent to own contract. That way, you’ll keep paying your monthly fees, but you’ll own your own violin at the end of it.

Maintenance and repairs

Violins are fairly fragile instruments. If you drop them or keep them in the wrong conditions, they can break or warp. And as we all know, children aren’t always the most careful or delicate creatures! That’s why every Rent From Home rental contract is covered by our Loss Damage Waiver Plus Maintenance Program (LDW). This means that if something happens to your rental violin, you just need to contact us, and we’ll get it repaired or replaced as soon as we possibly can. We’ll even provide a loan instrument if you have a recital or special event coming up.

How to care for your violin

While the LDW program is there to deal with the big issues, violins do require some day to day care that you’ll need to carry out yourself if you want to get the best from your instrument. So:

· Always keep your violin in its case when its not in use.

· Clean rosin (the white dust that comes from the bow) off your violin’s strings, body and bow after every use. A lint-free cloth should do the job nicely. If you don’t do this, a sticky residue will form, making achieving a clear pitch impossible.

· Never store your violin in extreme temperatures as this can cause the wood to warp or crack.

· Loosen the strings and bow when not in use.

· Keep your pegs properly fitted and change your strings when needed. If you’re not sure how to do this, this video from The Sydney String Centre should help.

Violin rental is a great way to enjoy the pleasure of learning a new instrument, without any of the overheads that usually entails.

So, do are you ready to rent your violin? Let’s get started!