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Options for renewing your M&A instrument rental


 If you own or rent from a company other than Music & Arts, please disregard this information.  The information below does not apply to renters of David French Music, Bridges & Bows or any other rental company.

Friendly disclaimer: We are merely trying to pass along some helpful information with regard to your rental contracts. We do not represent  Music and Arts, David French Music, or any of their subsidiaries ;)


Music & Arts violin or viola rental renewal options at a glance

"Summer free" renewal offer
(requires action by 7/5/12)
Monthly payments
(automatic)
Cost for June 2012 through June 2013, including tax and insurance
about $128 for 12 months
about $354 for 12 months
Equity earned by June 2013 towards purchasing an instrument
$99.99
$363.87

Music & Arts cello rental renewal options at a glance

"Summer free" renewal offer
(requires action by 7/5/12)
Monthly payments
(automatic)
Cost for June 2012 through June 2013, including tax and insurance
about $212 for 12 months
about $545 for 12 months
Equity earned by June 2013 towards purchasing an instrument
$169.99
$589.87

You will be getting (or have already received) a letter from Music and Arts with an offer to keep your instrument for the summer for free.  This is a great opportunity for you to save some money and time if your child is continuing strings next year (especially for third and fourth graders, read on).  However, there is a tradeoff to consider.

If you respond to the offer, you will get the same school year trial rental fee for next year's rental.  The trial rental cost is the same as you paid last September.  This is a good idea if you know your child is playing strings next year but are not sure about future years.  The tradeoff is that you lose the equity you have built up thus far.  Your contracts begin as a trial and automatically roll over to a rent-to-own contract at the end of the trial unless you return your instrument.  If you choose to take advantage of the free summer and re-rent next year, you lose the equity that would apply toward the future purchase of an instrument.

It becomes a better option to hang on to your instrument and let the contract automatically roll over to a month to month rent to own contract when your child is close to a full size instrument (perhaps has been in a three quarter for a while). Students are ready for full sizes as early as sixth grade or as late as eighth or ninth grade.  If you feel your child has a commitment to strings for the foreseeable future, then it might make more sense to do nothing and let the contract roll over to a month to month rental. Contact the company to inquire about how much rental equity you built up thus far.

We do not recommend purchasing an instrument until your child is ready for a full size.  There is another option presented in the letter coming home from Music and Arts which allows you to purchase the instrument you are currently renting for a big discount.  This is not a good option for many of our elementary students as far as we can tell because few of our students are currently in full size instruments.

If you have lost your copy of this letter please call Music & Arts at 508-668-1185.  If you did not rent at the introductory rate last September, you are not eligible for renewing at the introductory rate now.

If you have any contractual questions please consult your contract and the company.  We are happy to field questions too, but cannot answer questions such as, "How much rental credit do I currently have?" 

I invite you to have a discussion with your child about their experience in strings this year and what their desire is for next year. If you have any questions do not hesitate to email us.  Thank you very much, and see you at the Spring Concerts next month!

Best regards,
Todd Hamelin and Jessica Corwin