a knowledgeable consumer when you rent- Questions
to Ask Before You Rent
The rental program at Lashof Violins has been
developed with the desires of the public and private
teaching community in mind. Working with music
educators throughout the area, we have created a
rental program to meet the needs of the beginning
and advancing student. Our program is designed to
grow with your student, allowing for the highest
amount of rental equity.
From the beginning, Lashof Violins' professional
staff establish the standards for the quality of
our instruments by making the adjustments expected by the professional players and
teachers who frequent our shop. By having a
properly adjusted and maintained rental instrument, the student doesn't suffer in their
studies due to an inadequately adjusted instrument. After all, if a seasoned player has a difficult time making a poorly adjusted instrument sound nice, imagine how hard it is for someone who is just learning to play!
All Lashof Violins' rental instruments are set up to
exceed the MENC standards for orchestra instruments.
We carry a number of different brands of instruments
for rental and are very selective of the instruments we are proud to offer. European instruments, due to the low
dollar exchange rate, are generally more expensive (and
many times, of a lower quality in workmanship and
the high quality student Asian instruments available
are available to all Washington D.C. Metro area customers. All rentals are paid quarterly & 100% of the rental money paid will be credited toward the purchase of any rental instrument of equal
or greater value as long as you are current with the
contract. Rental Rates differ depending on the value of the instrument rented.
In order to secure a rental with Lashof Violins, the
renter must present a Major Credit Card (the card holder must be present at the time of rental; no
exceptions) as a guarantee of payment and a photo ID with
current address. Lashof Violins also requires that
the credit card on file be used for the first rental
Once a rental instrument
is paid off, that instrument may be used as a trade-in
(minus a 10% devaluation per year of ownership) for another
instrument of similar value, less any loss in
value due to misuse, damage, or repairs needed. (Sorry, we do not repurchase rental
instruments. Instruments damaged beyond reasonable repair
may not be accepted as trades. All trade-ins must be made
by the original purchaser.)
For Example: You purchased a rental violin for $400 and wish to trade it in ten months later. Your trade-in value toward an instrument of equal or greater value at that time would be 90% of the $400, which would be $360.00. When you bring in your instrument, we will also evaluate it to determine whether or not there will be additional devaluation for excessive wear or repairs needed.
If trading a paid-off rental instrument for a handmade, step-up instrument, the trade-in value will be 70%
of rental money paid plus a $75 (violin/viola) or $150 (cello)
fee for exchange, less any loss in
value due to misuse, damage,
or repairs needed.
For Example: You purchased a rental viola for $600 and wish to trade it in toward an upgraded, handmade viola. Your trade-in value will be 70% of the $600 minus the $75 trade in fee, making your trade-in value $345.00. After assessing the instrument, we will determine whether or not any additional devaluation will be necessary due to excessive wear or damage.
maintenance/insurance option is available at $15.00
per quarter for Violin and Viola, $30.00 per quarter for
The maintenance/insurance option has been made
available to provide coverage for your rental instrument.
The nominal fee for these services, payable with your
rental payments, will protect you throughout the entire
time you rent our instrument. (We cannot offer this option
once the instrument is purchased)
Coverage includes all adjustments to
keep your instrument in playing condition and repairs made
to damaged instruments, as well as replacement if the
instrument is lost or stolen.
For all maintenance and repairs, the instrument
must be returned to Lashof Violins who will have the sole
discretion in determining if the instrument will be
repaired or replaced.
In case of loss or theft, a copy of a police report
will be required prior to replacement of the instrument.
In cases of replacement, the instrument will be
replaced as closely to the original as Lashof Violins has
does not include intentional or malicious damage, such as
carving or writing on the instrument or case, or applying
damaging decals (such as stickers, moleskin, or nametags);
nor does it cover disposable accessories (such as strings
Rates as follows: Paid Quarterly
(does not include tax - required in
Student Instruments are Available by
Reservation: PLEASE CALL AHEAD
Maintenance/ Insurance Option