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Rental Guide


Learning to play a new instrument is an exciting but uncertain time. Will you enjoy the viola and stick with it, or will you decide it’s not for you and try a different instrument instead? The answer to this question is something you’ll only find out once you give it a shot, and that’s why renting a viola first is a good idea. You’ll get the chance to try it out without committing to a purchase, and you’ll enjoy some other benefits as well.

The Advantages of Renting

The freedom to return the viola or switch to another instrument is only the beginning of what renting has to offer. You’ll also have access to special provisions and service arrangements available for the duration of your rental term. And with a rented instrument to take the wear and tear of the learning process, you won’t have to worry about damage to your investment. That’s a general summary of what to expect, and it gets even better when you look at the details.

Service and Maintenance Arrangements

When your viola needs a tune-up or a repair, simply bring it to a local store or affiliate shop to get the care it needs.

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.

An Instrument that Grows

Renting gives you the option to exchange the viola for a larger model, so it will always be the right fit for a young player growing up. If you’re renting for a student in school, your child’s educator will help decide when it’s time to move up a size.

The Option to Own

With each rental payment, you build credit toward the purchase of a student viola like the one you rented, or even an upgraded model when you’re ready.

Damage Coverage

With the addition of a Liability Damage Waiver (LDW) to your viola rental plan, you can rest easy knowing that you’re protected against damage or theft.

Keeping Your Viola Rental in Shape

Once you’ve rented a viola, it’s important to take care of it to keep it in good playing condition. Here are the basic practices to help you on your way:

Before you Play:

  • Use the button at the end of the bow to tighten the hair.
  • From time to time, apply rosin to the bow by rubbing rosin onto the bow hair.

After you Play:

  • Clean the viola strings with a soft cloth to remove built-up rosin and other debris.
  • Release tension out of the bow hair by turning the button in the reverse direction (counterclockwise.)
  • Place the viola carefully in its case after use, and store it in a place that's room temperature and not too humid nor too dry.

We offer the brands that local teachers trust

Many of our public school educators in our area require their students to play specific brands of instruments.

We provide trusted brands like Yamaha, Conn-Selmer, Buffet Crampon, Capital Edition, Giardinelli, Strobel, and more that your child’s teacher will love!

How to rent an instrument?

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