WE CARE ABOUT OUR CUSTOMERS.
We've earned your trust since 1992. We have competitive and favorable rental rates.
However, we encourage customers to consider buying your instrument if you believe you will be renting for at least 18 to 24 months. If you decide renting is a better financial fit, then we're here to serve your instrument rental needs.
BUYING VS. RENTING? - THE AVALON DIFFERENCE
Although Avalon Music has a very competitive rental instrument program with quality, well-maintained instruments from Selmer, Bach, Armstrong, Emerson, Pearl, Knilling and other leading brands, we highly recommend that you consider buying one of our student instruments, rather than renting if you believe you will be renting for at least 18 to 24 months. It can make great financial sense to buy a student instrument at our every day, discounted Avalon Music prices.
Let's look at some examples. We sell a leading brand, student model alto saxophone that has a retail list price of $1679. On a monthly plan, rent (not including sales tax) for an alto saxophone would be $588 for 12 months and $1,176 for 24 months. Pre-paying rent for two school years (no instrument in the summer) at $400 per school year would total $800 (without sales tax) for two years. If you purchased a new instrument, rather than renting, our Avalon Music price for a new alto saxophone is $1,399.
We also sell a leading-brand student model clarinet that has a retail list price of $689. On a monthly plan, rent (not including sales tax) for a clarinet would be $336 for 12 months and $672 for 24 months. Paying rent for two years under the school year plan (no instrument in the summer) at $240 per school year would total $480 (without sales tax). If you purchased a new clarinet, rather than renting, our discounted price for clarinet is $489.
More examples? We sell leading-brand student model violins starting at $369 and cellos starting at $899. These discounts run as deep as 45% off retail listed prices.
Why buy? You will own a quality instrument that is brand new. Your instrument will still be worth - and can be sold for - hundreds of dollars after your student decides to move up to a pro or step-up instrument or, unfortunately, gives up band or orchestra. If you sell the instrument, you will much pay less than the monthly rent amount.
Please look carefully at rental programs offered by other music stores, such as "Rent-to-Own" programs or programs that give you a "rental credit" towards the purchase of an instrument. Avalon Music has stopped using any of these programs because they can be, in our opinion, unfair to the consumer. Most of these programs charge the full suggested retail price for the band or orchestra instrument, which can be almost twice as much as Avalon Music's very competitive every-day selling price, and these stores usually build in an interest charge at the rate of 12%-18% per year. One of our local customers ended up paying almost three times as much for a violin under another store's Rent-to-Own program as she would have paid for a purchase at Avalon Music.
We care about our customers. We've earned your trust since 1992. We have competitive and favorable rental rates, but since we sell new instruments at the lowest margins possible, buying can still make better financial sense.
Please consider buying your student instrument. We’re here to serve your whichever choice you make to meet your instrument needs.
BAND AND ORCHESTRA
INSTRUMENT RENTAL RATES
Snare Drum and Bell Kits
- Monthly Rent: $21
- Pre-paid School Year: $165 - Pre-paid Full Year: $186
Violin, Viola and Guitar Packages
- Monthly Rent: $24
- Pre-paid School Year: $195 - Pre-paid Full Year: $219
Clarinet, Flute and Piccolo
- Monthly Rent: $28
- Pre-paid School Year: $240 - Pre-paid Full Year: $268
- Monthly Rent: $30
- Pre-paid School Year: $260 - Pre-paid Full Year: $290
- Monthly Rent: $42
- Pre-paid School Year: $370 - Pre-paid Full Year: $412
- Monthly Rent: $49
- Pre-paid School Year: $400 - Pre-paid Full Year: $449
Tenor Sax, Oboe, French Horn
- Monthly Rent: $51
- Pre-paid School Year: $425 - Pre-paid Full Year: $476