Kenmore Violins has introduced a
line of rental instruments with an emphasis on quality and sound. These
are selected and set up by a professional violin maker. Prices are low and terms are friendly
(two-month minimum, then month-to-month). 80% of rental payments can
apply to purchase. These instruments are appropriate for young students
and adults (fractional instruments can be traded in for the next size; refurb fee applies to cover rehair, new strings,
cleaning, touch-up, etc).
Rates (starting Jan 3, 2017):
Violin (¼ or smaller, $30/month; ½ or larger, $35/month)
Cello (1/4 size, $52; ½ or
Bass not available
is free; Strings and bow rehairs are discounted 25% for rental customers
Our new fleet of instruments is mostly
European-made or carefully chosen Asian, with high-quality strings (D’Addarrio,
Pirastro or Thomastik), and hand-carved
bridges. Full-size violins come with German Wittner tailpieces with built-in tuners (Perfection Planetary Pegs are an option on some small
fractional violins). Bows are properly made (not cheap fiberglass!) and
fun to use; often JonPaul or Glasser
carbon fiber). Cases are upscale fabric models by Core, West Coast, or Bobelock (we don’t use
cheap thermoplastic cases).
program is of modest scale so that we can guarantee fine quality and
careful attention to customers’ needs.
Please note that
we do not profit from our Instrument Rental Program. 100% of income from the rental program
goes to pay our overhead costs. We
limit the size of the rental fleet to the point that it pays our bills.
required for rental: $200 vn, vla; $300 cello
Our take on
Teachers and others may suggest that you to buy
chain store insurance for your rental instrument, and it sounds like a great idea because children can
sometimes damage or lose things.
My perspective on it after 23 years in the business is that I do not recommend that you buy
the rental insurance from chain music stores. It is expensive, yet it may
not cover major damage or loss (according to many sad stories related by
customers who came to us after bad experiences at chain stores). And you do not need insurance to cover
simple maintenance; the store is responsible for providing something that
However, professional insurance is a good idea--My
suggestion is to add your rental instrument onto your homeowner’s policy
with your insurance company. These agents routinely write coverage for
musical instruments. They will likely provide decent service if you have
a loss because they view you as a valued customer if you already insure
your autos and home with them. Your rental contract gives them all the
information they need regarding item value.
I should add that some children (youths, and
adults) are irresponsible and destructive because of a lack of discipline
or other problems. Insurance is not a way to avoid responsibility for
such behavior and perhaps the person should learn to care for things that
do not belong to them, especially expensive, fragile musical
instruments. We understand that
people have problems (many of which are not their fault) but we prefer
that you do not rent with us until such problems are resolved.
We offer written appraisals for
insurance purposes. This document
estimates the retail replacement cost, and is required by insurance
agents to pay a claim for a lost, stolen, or damaged musical
instrument. Photos and
description are included.
Violin, viola, cello: $125
note that we do not offer free verbal appraisals for your
instruments. These items are not
liquid assets and have no fixed value.