My son is going to start Trumpet next school year. Our local council has stopped musical instrument hire because of budget cuts. I have paid for the year and given the contract. Now I cant find a instrument hire service. I do not want to buy now cause I am not sure how much ds will like it. Any suggestions for shops/website for renting Trumpet. Thanks.
DS1 decided he wanted to learn the French Horn and we were faceed with the same dilema. He said he wanted to learn but we were not sure he would stick at it. We found a local music shop that offered either monthly hire or a buy-and-return service. After doing the sums we opted for the buy-and-return. The gist of it is you buy the instrument outright but they give you a buy-back price if you decide to return it within 6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months or after 12 months. It worked out cheaper to buy and then return it 6 months later when he'd decided it wasn't for him (it would have remained cost effective up to about 9 months from purchase which coincided with the 3 terms of tuition we had to pay for up front). We were advised to buy a "learners" horn and if he had decided to keep up with the lessons we could have used the buy-back price to trade up to an "intermediate" horn. The major downside is you have to fork out the full price of an instrument on day 1