- Rental fees are applied toward the purchase of the instrument.
- Usually, the instrument is paid in full in about two years.
- A maintenance and repair plan is usually built in so that if anything happens to the instrument, you are covered.
- Flutes, clarinets, oboes, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and mallet/percussion kits are relatively inexpensive to rent-to-purchase
- There is a limited supply.
- Not all instrument types are available - percussion rentals are not available through Luther.
- French horns, baritone/euphonium, tuba, bassoon are more expensive to own. Luther has some of these instruments available for rent.
- Craig's List/Ebay/Amazon-type-places
- Buyer beware! If the price looks too good to be true, it probably is. It may need repair or be an older instrument that no longer works. If the price is cheaper than others like it, don't buy it.
- Walmart/Target/Big Box Retail Stores
- Don't buy instruments here! They are cheap knock-offs that may look shiny and be inexpensive, but they are not quality instruments. They often don't play in tune or won't last long. Also, if they need repair you are stuck -- most instrument repair shops cannot get parts for these instruments.
- Most instrument manufacturers have several lines of instruments. The level you want for a beginner is the "Student" line. Once your child grows and experiences a love for playing and improves their skills, you can step up to a higher level instrument.