For most students, a rented instrument is the way to go when starting out in band. Renting is more affordable than purchasing, and it comes with some perks that can make a big difference in the learning process for a new flutist. The following guide contains all the information you need to rent a flute.
Why Rent a Flute?
The following are some of the most important features of a good rental program. It's important to make sure you have options to return, exchange, repair, purchase or upgrade at any time. This way the rental contract itself does not impact the growth of the student, and will foster a better learning environment. Lets take a look at these items in depth:
Maintenance & Repair
When your flute needs a simple tune-up or an issue appears that requires fixing, you'll have easy access to those repair services through a network of stores and local affiliates. Flute repairs can be costly, so make sure you're covered against incidental damage to avoid breaking the bank.
Rental Exchanges at no Charge
Rental exchanges allow the player to change instruments at any time and free of charge. This is important because kids change their minds frequently, and being able to exchange the instrument will keep them interested in music longer, which is the main goal.
Easy Buyout or Upgrade
As you rent a flute, you can earn credit toward purchasing a student flute or stepping up to an intermediate flute if the student continues to play.
Most rental flutes are in "like new" condition. You may be surprised to learn that this is actually an advantage over a brand-new flute. Following its previous rental, the flute will have been completely adjusted by the shop in order to get it into prime playing condition. Plus, a brand new instrument can be stiff, and requires being "broken in" before it plays much easier. A lightly used instrument is ideal for a new player.
An available Liability Damage Waiver (LDW) will give you peace of mind by providing repairs at no cost to you if the instrument needs to be adjusted. Additionally, you could receive a replacement flute in the event that the instrument is beyond repair.
Caring for your Flute
To get the most out of your rented flute, it's important to keep the instrument in good condition. Here are some helpful pointers.
- Handle the flute with clean, dry hands.
- When assembling the flute, hold it by the edges and not by the keys.
- Clean the flute as soon as possible after it has been played. This will help to keep the pads in good condition.
- Disassemble the flute and return it to its case when not in use.
- Store the flute at room temperature.
- Using the same cloth to clean the inside and outside of the flute. Instead, use a separate cloth for each.
- Using metal polish on the flute. This can damage the finish. Instead, polish it gently with a soft, dry cloth.
- Lubricating the flute. This should not be necessary; if the action isn't working smoothly, consider taking the flute for service.