Monday, April 30, 2012
Instruments--Rent or Buy?
My daughter has almost completed her first school year having "strings" class in school. She rents (well, we pay the bill :) a viola for this purpose. We are a little unsure of the next step we should take. She still really enjoys the viola and would like to stick with playing it. We didn't think that would happen which was one big reason we were renting. Also, for next year, it would appear she needs the next bigger size. If we keep renting from the same company, we will just turn this one in and get the next size and continue to pay our 37.99/month.
Here's the thing: my hubby found some new violas for sale online for around $100 (in bright, fun colors!). So doesn't it seem logical to just purchase one of those in the next size and it'll be paid for in only a few months of not renting?
Well, I'm not sure...my mom said if the quality is too low sometimes the instrument cannot be tuned properly. The rental store will apply what we've spent on rent for this one to the purchase of a new high quality instrument from them. But their brand new retail price is around $600...so even with our credit we'd still be looking at $400ish to purchase a "good" one.
Since neither my husband or I play musical instruments we are a little lost on this decision. Do any of you musical readers have words of advice for us?