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Rent-To-Own Versus Buying

Need an instrument for your child? Here are four reasons why renting is better than buying:



Renting an instrument is extremely quick and simple, online, over the phone, or in person. There's no time in research involved. We are a trusted source with your school because of our quality and concern for your family's success in music. You have the option to just rent or rent-to-own, all built into one. If you choose rent to own, 100% of the rental cost applies to purchasing the instrument, ALWAYS. 


If you buy an instrument and it breaks, you have at least two weeks in a shop, and you have to drive to the store and back. That is 1/5 of your students class semester! With our program, we deliver you a loaner to your home or schools so you never miss a day with class.  


The greatest fear of many parents is that their child will give up on an instrument soon after picking it up. If you are renting and this happens, you can just close the rental contract. Similarly, with stringed instruments in particular, if your child starts with a smaller sized instrument like a 3/4th-sized violin, renting lets you easily exchange for a larger size in subsequent years.


Your students passion might not lie in their first choice - easily move your rent-to-own credit to any other band or orchestra instrument at any time.


Invest your coffee money into music for your kid!


The intangible gain of your child learning to play an instrument comparable to the cost of buying one cup of coffee a week is a no brain-er in favor of MUSIC!  Think about how much you spend on a cup of coffee out once a week, $6?  That is enough to give your family a lifetime of music and sound.

Golden Music offers a program where you are able to rent-to-own (or just rent) a high-quality instrument for about just $30 a month for most instruments. You will eventually own the instrument but are never required to keep it. 

Everlasting gift of music - because the music your child learns is a voice of beauty and sound that they can speak through from the first day of class (well not so beautiful to us - but to their own precious hearts - they are speaking) and who's to say?  This is their beautiful child voice speaking through this instrument of sound. Many schools are providing excellent music education for your child.  Now is the time to focus on giving your child this opportunity.  

Extensive research studies have proven that children display long-term positive results from learning to play a musical instrument.  Here's to mention a few:

  • Their confidence levels rise
  • Their reasoning skills strengthen
  • Helps increase comprehension and math skills, coordination
  • Provides better capacity for memory abilities.

So what are you waiting for?! Get on board with giving the gift of music that will be a permanent gain to your child's future and happiness through our rent-to-own offers.





Buy Quality

buy a Honda not a Pinto


A quality instrument costs more but it saves money in the long run and it will make you practice more because the sound and feel of holding it is more pleasurable.

If you’re buying an instrument for a child, you can pick a cheap one but if you want a better sound and more of a chance for the child to want to practice everyday, you want something better. A $150 cheap violin is unlikely to last long and may not sound inspiring.  It might not even play!!  There's usually about $200 of work to bring it up to standards of the teacher and then you have a souped up poorly made instrument.  And if it breaks down, you will have to buy another one because it's not repairable (basically you will end up spending more money than you would spend buying a quality, better violin).  A $150 clarinet is disposable (can't repair it), probably won't sound at the same pitch as the other students in class, and it will be hard to play.

Really?   You might ask yourself:  "Isn't it okay for my student to have a cheap instrument?  They're just starting out, what does it matter?"


Let's talk about sound


Sound is made up of the resonance and timbre. Resonance will primarily affect the type and quality of the sound produced. The resonance of an instrument comes from the artistry and workmanship built into it. The artistry and workmanship of Golden Music's quality instruments have over a 200 year history of how they are built. Many trace their origins back over 2000 years.

Those cheap instruments are made by workshops without this depth of knowledge or practice, as well as purposefully cutting corners and using cheap materials to make it quicker and less expensive for them.

Sound "quality" or "timbre" describes those characteristics of sound which allow the ear to distinguish sounds which have the same pitch and loudness. While a cheap instrument is making the same "note" as the quality instruments, the timbre can be screechy, harsh, and not pleasing.


Let's talk about playing in tune


A big problem is that the cheap instruments can be very hard to make sound at the same pitch as the rest of the class. This is quite a burden for the young child to try to work with. Even a seasoned player must struggle to make these sound on the same pitches as everybody else.


Let's talk about feeling: How it feels to hold it



Think about a hobby, work or passion you have and a tool you use for that.  Even gardening, a hand shovel form Walmart costing $3 is unbalanced. It might bend if you hit a rock, and doesn't feel good to use in comparison to a $40 one from Ace Hardware. You can compare this to cars also - the cheap $150 online instruments are like cars that don't even run. Our competition's instruments (those the teacher has accepted to come to rental events) are like Pintos - they run, but there's no finesse, no support, no style. They will get you there. Then there's Golden Music's quality instruments. We give to you the finest student instruments made in the world - Yamaha and Buffet band instruments and strings instruments handpicked by the owners from small family workshops from around the world. Our instruments are like a very good Honda/Subaru - safe, comfortable, and has features you need for a beginner driver. 

Described by one seasoned musician from our community: "As a musician myself, I like to use the words ‘it feels like butter’ - doesn't make a lot of sense, but when I play a good instruments every thing is easier. It feels good to use. It feels smoother. It feels like it's working with me to make the sounds I want to express."

You might think, "I don’t have time to research instruments or find out what’s best. I need this taken care of for me but I want to trust that my child is getting a good quality instrument, and the things we need to give the best start to this endeavor."

Rent-to-Own with Golden Music has these time saving features:

  • The best quality instrument - We take time to find the best instruments to offer. This is our only desire. For band instruments, we only carry Yamaha and Buffet. For strings, we hand select our workshops and it always ends up being family teams that are trained in the art of building violins, violas, cellos and basses.

  • Easy to rent the instrument - You can phone us and have it delivered to your house or school, FOR FREE!. We also have an easy to use online portal to start any rental. Our store hours are 8am to 6pm Monday through Thursday, closed Friday, and 10am to 6pm Saturday through Sunday.  

  • Free delivery for any service you need for the rental - Starting the agreement, ending it, a repair, or loaner or instrument change. We come right to your house or school!  If your instrument needs to be serviced or maintained, just phone or email and we'll bring a loaner to you, fix yours and bring it back.

  • As your student grows, all of the rent-to-own payments (100% always) goes toward the purchase. You can buy the instrument for 30% discount off your remaining balance or move the credit to another band or orchestra instrument. You don't need to spend time, nor will you lose credit if your child changes their mind (some restrictions apply).


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