"How do I know what size my child needs?”
Most schools provide a sheet with the required size. If you are unsure of the size, we would be happy to measure your child for a proper fit.
"What if my child quits playing?"
You can return a rental at anytime. Yearly rentals may be entitled to receive a partial refund which is prorated based on the higher monthly rate. There is a minimum charge of 3 months.
"Do you have a waiting list or require a deposit?"
Instrument rentals are on a first come first served basis. You may reserve an instrument by filling out the rental application and paying the rental fee. In most cases we can store the rental for you until the beginning of school or the SAIL camp.
"Do you offer insurance on rentals?"
We recommend adding them to your homeowner's or renter's policy to cover your instrument for loss or theft. This is the most economical solution for our customers. The Violin Shop rental plan includes all maintenance, adjustments and minor repairs. We do not charge extra for these services as others do. Most other's insurance or "piece of mind" plans do not cover routine repairs, but only the loss or theft of an instrument. Why pay $5 to $10 a month extra for the same coverage you can get from your own policy for $15 to $20 an entire year!
"Is it better to buy an instrument or rent?"
As a general rule, it is better to rent an instrument when the child is in the fractional sizes. There are up to 8 different sizes that a child can grow through. Size changes are included in the rental price unless the next instrument rents for a higher price i.e.; 3/4 going to 4/4 or when there is an upgrade in quality level.
If the student is on a 4/4, full size instrument and you anticipate playing for more than two years, it may be to your advantage to purchase or rent for one year and purchase at the end of the rental term.