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Is It Better to Rent or Buy a Violin?

Hey everybody, this is Joel Kennedy with Kennedy Violins. Today I want to discuss the advantages of renting a violin. For the most part, kids are renting violins for school programs, but there are good reasons for people of all ages to consider renting. Below is a summary or watch the full video above.

Let's explore three main reasons to rent:

1. Cost-Effective Learning

Renting is an inexpensive way to play an instrument, especially when you're unsure of your commitment level. Whether you're an adult or a kid, renting allows you to try an instrument for a few months or a year without committing to the full purchase price.

2. Budgeting Flexibility

Renting can be a great way to budget, especially during tighter financial times. If your child needs a larger instrument or if you're just starting with a string instrument, renting provides flexibility until you're ready to make a full commitment.

3. Exploration and Experimentation

If you're a former musician or committed to playing a string instrument but unsure which one suits you, renting offers an easy way to explore without a long-term commitment. It's also useful for those considering a switch between violin, viola, cello, or bass.

Considerations for Rental Programs

Before choosing a rental program, consider a few important factors:

  • Equity: Ensure that your rental payments contribute towards the purchase price of the instrument, allowing you to build equity.
  • Hidden Fees: Check for hidden fees in the rental program, such as restringing or setup fees.
  • Month-to-Month Option: Opt for a month-to-month rental program to retain flexibility and avoid long-term commitments.

How much does it cost to rent a violin?

The cost of renting a violin is dependent on what quality of violin you'd like to play.

You can see our rental page here to see the current tiers of violins that we have available to rent.

The cost is variable but it usually costs around $20-$35 a month to rent a violin.

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