Should You Buy or Rent Your Child’s Band Instrument?

There comes a moment in almost every parent’s life where they have to consider the question of school band. Whether it’s a passing phase of the start of a lifetime’s passion, almost every kid is drawn to the idea of learning to play a musical instrument and being part of the school band. And it’s a great thing. Learning to play an instrument can help children with all kinds of things, from confidence to abstract reasoning and memory. But for parents, it carries a question: should you rent, or should you buy your child’s band instrument? In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the key considerations.

Should You Buy or Rent Your Child’s Band Instrument?


Buying: The cost of buying a band instrument varies massively. It depends on the type of instrument. Whether it’s used or new. The instrument’s quality. And the condition it is in. The difficulty, as a novice, is finding the quality you need. Because with musical instruments you really do get what you pay for. Cheaper options are always appealing. But they usually end in frustration. And a frustrated child is not likely to persevere in their new efforts.

Renting: The obvious benefit of renting musical instruments is that you’re able to spread the costs. While costs will be made clear up front, you will be working in monthly instalments, which makes budgeting considerably easier. And if you’re renting band instruments from a business like Rent From Home, you can be confident that the instruments are educator approved. Which means that you’re getting the quality that your child needs to flourish.


Buying: If you’re intending to buy your child’s band instrument, you’re going to need to shop around. And that’s fine. It’s no more inconvenient than shopping around for anything else. You just need the time, energy and patience to deal with it.

Renting: Instrument rental can be done over the phone or online. If you know which instrument your child is interested in, you just need 10 minutes to finalise the details. At Rent From Home, we work with a network of music stores across the country, so if you want some basic advice when you receive your instrument, you can collect it from your local branch. Alternatively, we can mail it directly to you. Either way, you should receive it within one to five working days, depending upon your location.


Buying: once you’ve purchased a band instrument, you have very little flexibility if your son or daughter changes their mind. Especially if they do so after the standard 30-day return period has elapsed. Your best option then is to try and sell your instrument on at a loss.

Renting: This is probably the best thing about renting. If you work with the right company, you have the flexibility to change your instrument at any time. At Rent From Home, we offer a 30-day free trial to all customers. But after that, if your child has a change of heart, you can simply exchange your sax for a violin or a percussion kit – or anything else they fancy. Or you can end your contract completely, no questions asked.


Buying: Once you’ve purchased your band instrument, all responsibility is on you. If you want cover and support in the event of loss or damage, you’ll need to buy insurance. It’s just like your laptop or cell phone. No big issue. Just one more thing to remember and to pay for.

Renting: At Rent From Home, all instrument rental contracts are covered by our Loss Damage Waiver Plus Maintenance Program (LDW). So, if something goes wrong, you just need to call us. We’ll deal with the rest.

Emotional investment

Buying: The primary draw to purchasing a musical instrument for your child is the show of faith that it entails. If you’re spending the money on purchasing outright, you’re essentially telling your child that you believe in them.

Renting: While on the surface instrument rental has the appearance of being the choice of a parent who expects their kid to quit, it’s actually far more nuanced than that. Because with a rent-to-buy option, you will still eventually own the instrument, you’re just doing in a more financially viable way. It also eases the pressure on children who might be scared of letting their parents down.

Whether you decide to buy or rent your child’s band instrument will probably come down to your lifestyle, your budget and your child’s commitment. There is no right thing to do, other than to give your kid the chance to learn, grow and enjoy their musical journey.

If you’d like to find out more about renting educator-approved band instruments, contact Rent From Home today.