Rental Information and Frequently Asked Questions

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 Rent-to-Own at Bandland  -  A complete program with options to fit your needs

 

 

BANDLAND’S Rent-to-Own Plan is excellent for parents who would like to own a NEW style instrument for their child, but with less risk.  It also insures that the child will have a high quality instrument in excellent working condition, which is most important when trying to learn to play.  The plan offers the parent a competitive discount option for Early Buyout.

 

 

Key Benefits of Rent-to-Own at Bandland

 

1) Convenient monthly rental rate

 

2) 100% of all payments apply to price of band instrument

 

3) Return anytime providing payments are current

       

4) Competitive Early Buyout discount during first 12 months of contract

 

5) High quality instruments to help insure the student’s success 

       

6) No extra charge to cover common repairs or adjustments during the RTO period.    

       

 

     HOW IT WORKS:

 

 

Monthly Rental Fee

 

Flute, Clarinet, Percussion Kit—$35.00(+ sales tax )

   

Trumpet/Cornet or Trombone —$37.00(+ sales tax)

Alto Sax—$58.00  (+ sales tax )

 Rental fee must be paid at time of rental and is not refundable

 

NOTE: There is a 2 payment minimum with all rentals. A second payment would be required prior to returning an instrument.  Customer may elect to pay the 2nd rental payment at time of rental signup and extend renewal date by one month.

 

 

NOTE: Bandland only rents high quality, name-brand instruments.  Our high-quality instruments will greatly benefit the band student and the music program.

 

·         Renew and Continue RTO with all payments applying to the cost of the instrument, or take the optional Early Buyout discount

      OPTIONAL EARLY BUYOUT: We offer a 20% discount off the unpaid balance for the first 12 months of the contract.

    

·         Return instrument anytime providing payments are current and the 2 minimum payments have been made

 

  

REQUIREMENTS FOR RENTING AN INSTRUMENT…

The following will be required from the parent or guardian to rent an instrument from BANDLAND:

 

· Name / address / phone

· Driver’s license or photo ID

· Full time employment and/or spouse with full time employment

 

NOTE: We must have both of the following at time of rental.  Name on card/checking account must match signer of the rental agreement.

 

· Valid Major Credit Card or Debit Card for Autopay

· Valid Bank Checking Account Information (voided check)

 

 

Two funding sources are required and will be recorded for use as funding for future rental payments.  Monthly payments are taken by auto-withdrawal.

·         Expiration date on card needs to be valid for 6 months from date of instrument rental.

 

 

 

Return Policy

 

You always have the option of returning the instrument and canceling your contract at anytime during the rental period, providing payments are up to date and 2 monthly rental payments have been made.

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING BAND INSTRUMENT QUALITY!

 

 

Few things are as important to the band program as good quality instruments. Recently, we have seen an influx of low quality, imported band instruments moving into the market. The Internet is also full of very undesirable, inferior instruments that may not be useable in the band program. Many of these instruments are of poor quality, have little to no quality control, and are not serviceable. These instruments can quickly lead to loss of interest. 

    

     Many of the inferior instruments look just fine on the outside. The inside is another matter! They are often advertised as “director approved” or other positive sounding terms to mislead the buyer. 

For the sake of your child and the school band program, the low quality instruments should be avoided. 

Please see your band director or a qualified band instrument dealer for help before purchasing!

 

     A good quality instrument does come with a higher price tag, but can last a lifetime. These instruments are more durable, and will hold up to the demands of the student through concert and marching band. I hope you appreciate the benefit of a high quality instrument. It will be a huge advantage to your child.

     If budget restraints make it difficult for you, we highly recommend a name-brand used instrument, as opposed to a new one of poor quality.

 

WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR

 

We check eBay often to see what is available in used instruments.  When shopping on the Internet and eBay, we find that over 90% of the instruments for sale are low quality, without a know brand name, and a horrible choice.  Even brand name instruments are somewhat risky if you aren’t experienced at knowing what to look for.  Do not buy any without a return policy.  I can almost bet that your band director will want you to return it.

 

            For starters, always avoid instruments that do not list a brand name (I have a list of some of the more dependable name brands at the end of this article).  Also, beware of all of the instruments that come in a variety of colors.  I haven’t yet seen one that I didn’t want to flatten. Some of these folks making the bad instruments actually do put names on them.  For legal reasons, I can’t list names or countries of origin to avoid.  However, I can say that “Made in USA” is nearly always a safe bet, and among my personal favorites!

 

Other enticing titles to avoid are: “Band Certified”  “Educator Approved”  “80% Off”   “90% Off”  “Professional Silver Trumpet” (but no recognizable brand listed) “Concert Quality”  “Bankruptcy Sale”  “New 2006 model”  “College Pro” 

 

If a band instrument claiming to be new has a buy-it-now price of $79.95…... I don’t need to say more!. 

 

If you get one of these thinking “I will see how it goes for a while before purchasing a better one if my child sticks with it”…… I can about guarantee they won’t play it long enough to need a better one.  If they do, they are to be commended and taken to dinner.

 

REMEMBER, a brand name instrument made 30 years ago (even 50 years ago) is almost always a better choice than a new one of poor quality.

 

 

THE GOOD STUFF

 

Now, for some of the common brand names in band instruments that I look for and feel good about selling:  Armstrong, Artley, Bach, Benge, Blessing, Conn, King, Holton, LeBlanc, Omega, Soloist, Vito, Selmer, Yamaha, Besson, Emerson, Getzen, Gemeinhardt, and Bundy(manufactured prior to 1998),  There are sure to be some more that I’ve missed, but these are usually safe choices.

 

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BANDLAND’S BUYBACK PLAN     An alternative to our Rent-to-Own Plan

 

           Designed for the beginning band student, this plan gives the parent three months to monitor the child’s interest in the band program.  In most cases, you will know the interest level of the child after a couple of months.

 

           This plan applies to most new, demo, or used band instruments.  With the buyback plan, you buy the instrument in full at the discounted price, and have 90 days from purchase date to return the instrument and receive back all except the value of 2 rental payments.

 

  This is the least expensive way to purchase an instrument, and still have a return option.  This eliminates the risk for the parent, should the child lose interest in band.

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WILL ALL MY RENT APPLY TO THE PURCHASE OF THE INSTRUMENT?
Yes. Plus, you will have the option of purchasing the instrument at an additional discount during the first 12 months. But, if you aren't ready to purchase then, you may continue to rent until you are comfortable with your child's musical intentions. 

CAN I RENT FOR A WHILE AND LATER PURCHASE THE INTRUMENT AT A DISCOUNT?

You may pay the instrument in full at anytime during the first 12 months of the contract and take a 20% discount on the outstanding balance of the instrument.

 

CAN I LEASE AN INTRUMENT FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR FOR A FLAT RATE?

We do not offer a school year lease plan.  The school year lease is a poor choice for the consumer and is even worse for the band program!  Although you can participate in our rent-to-own plan and return the instrument at any time providing rent is paid up to date, we do not offer a school term lease at a flat rate.  The school year lease is not in the best interest of the band program, and some directors are opposed to it for the following reasons:

1)      There is little incentive to continue in band when the instrument is collected at the end of the school year, which greatly increases dropout rate.

2)      Older or lower quality instruments are commonly found in these types of plans due to the lower cost. 

3)      Parent may be less likely to encourage the student to continue since there is little investment toward the instrument. 

Consider our buyback plan instead.  If your child does not continue beyond the trial period, you will have less money invested with the buyback plan.  If they do continue, as most students do, you already own the instrument at the sale price.

WHAT IF MY CHILD WANTS TO SWITCH INSTRUMENTS?
We do not encourage a switch; the child will need to spend several weeks just getting comfortable with the instrument, and a change will put him or her that much farther behind the other students. (Mastery will not happen right away!) However, if your teacher suggests the switch because of a physical or medical problem, or if the original instrument is just not going to work out, we will help you and discuss a switch.

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH INSTRUMENT IS BEST FOR MY CHILD?

It is important that your child selects an instrument that appeals to them!  Although Bandland or your band director may recommend an instrument that “fits” your child the best, few children will continue to play an instrument that they do not like. Hopefully, they will like the recommended instrument, and will surely advance more quickly on one they are well suited for.  If the student is initially undecided, we recommend taking an extra few days, if necessary, to be as sure as possible before renting/purchasing.

 

CAN I BUY MY CHILD’S INSTRUMET OUTRIGHT INSTEAD OF RENTING?

Yes, BANDLAND’S “Buyback” option is perfect for the parent who wants to purchase the instrument at a special discount, but still has the opportunity to return it if the child loses interest.  This plan applies to most new, demo, or used band instruments. With this plan, you buy the instrument in full at the discounted price, and have 90 days from purchase date to return the instrument and receive back all except: $70.00 + tax on all instruments other than alto sax (which is $116.00 + tax). This is the least expensive way to purchase an instrument, and still have a return option.

 

HOW DOES YOUR BUYBACK OPTION WORK?

This plan applies to most new, demo, or used band instruments. With the buyback plan, you buy the instrument in full at the discounted price, and have 90 days from purchase date to return the instrument and receive back all except the value of 2 rental payments.  This is the least expensive way to purchase an instrument, and still have a return option.

 

WHAT ABOUT THE INSTRUMENTS I SEE FOR SALE ON THE INTERNET AND EBAY?

Unfortunately, in an attempt to save money, people are purchasing poor quality instruments on the internet that may not be useable in the school band programs.  We monitor instruments sold on eBay, and find that over 90% of those available in auctions are inferior quality brands.  Please see a qualified band instrument store or your band director before shopping on the internet, especially if you have little experience in this confusing market.  Please see our article regarding band instrument quality on this Web site.

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RENT AN INSTRUMENT? 

Flute, Clarinet, Percussion Kit—$35.00(+ sales tax )

   

Trumpet/Cornet or Trombone —$37.00(+ sales tax)

Alto Sax—$58.00  (+ sales tax )

 

DO YOU RENT STEP-UP AND PROFESSIONAL INSTRUMENTS? 

Yes.  We have a similar rent-to-own plan for these instruments.  Please see our “Step Up to Professional Instruments” on this Web site or ask a Bandland associate for more information

 

HOW MANY MONTHS BEFORE I AM PAID IN FULL? 
Length of contract depends on total price of the instrument, as well as which plan you choose at the end of the trial rental.

 

I CANNOT AFFORD TO RENT OR PURCHASE AN INSTRUMENT. CAN MY CHILD STILL BE IN THE BAND? 

Please check with your band director to see if they know of an available instrument.  Most directors do all possible to get an interested child in the band program.

 

WHAT ABOUT INSURANCE? 
We do not offer insurance nor do we make any insurance charge. Your homeowner's policy may cover the instrument.  We recommend registering the model number and serial number with your agent...check with your insurance agent regarding coverage.

 

HOW MUCH DOES SERVICE COST? 
Providing your account is up to date, there is no charge for routine service while the instrument is on rent from Bandland.  There may, however, be a repair charge in the event of neglect or excessive damage to the instrument.

 

DO YOU RENT BOTH NEW & RECONDITIONED INSTRUMENTS? 
We rent both New and Demo instruments, and we sell New, Demo and Used/Reconditioned instruments.  All instruments are quality name brand instruments from nationally known manufacturers. 

 

DO YOU RENT OR SELL RENTAL RETURN INSTRUMENTS? 
Yes, rental return instruments have normally been used in a 2-month trial rental. They are referred to as “Demos” or "Rental Returns" because initially they were New and we received them back from the customer as the student either discontinued band, or decided to play a different instrument.

  • These instruments are in excellent condition with only minor finish blemishes.
  • Each instrument is completely cleaned, adjusted and shop tested to perform as new.
  • Each instrument carries a new warranty and guarantee and has been reduced in price.

 

WHAT BRANDS DO YOU SELL? 
Our company sells only quality, nationally known, name brand instruments.

We are an authorized dealer for Selmer, Bach, Conn, Emerson, Omega, Soloist, Holton, King, Armstrong, Artley, Vito, LeBlanc, Ludwig, Pearl and several others.

 

WHAT IF MY CHILD QUITS BAND? 
You have the option of returning the instrument and canceling your contract anytime during the rental period, providing payments are up to date.

 

IF I RETURN THE INSTRUMENT, DO I GET A REFUND?

Rent is not refundable.  When an instrument is returned, it is serviced, cleaned and shop adjusted, as well as reduced in price, which is why no refund is available.

 

WHAT SUPPLIES ARE PROVIDED? 
Case and mouthpiece are provided with all band instruments, as well as accessories that are commonly provided with new instruments.  

 

WE ALWAYS PAY IN CASH AND DO NOT HAVE CREDIT REFERENCES NECESSARY TO RENT FROM BANDLAND.  ARE THERE OTHER OPTIONS? 

Our buyback plan is perfect in this situation.  This plan applies to most new, demo, or used band instruments. With the buyback plan, you buy the instrument in full at the discounted price, and have 90 days from purchase date to return the instrument and receive back all except: $70.00 + tax on all instruments other than alto sax ($116.00 + tax).

 

HOW OFTEN DOES MY CHILD HAVE BAND CLASS IN SCHOOL?

Although it varies by school, most first year students have band 1 to 3 times per week.  By middle school, many children will have band everyday!

 

HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY CHILD SHOULD CONTINUE WITH BAND?

It is important that the parent encourage the child to stay with the instrument even during difficult and frustrating times that can occur during those first few months.  The trial period gives the parent an opportunity to monitor the child’s progress and interest level.  Anything worth doing can come with some risk, however parental encouragement can go a long way in helping a child being successful with an instrument.  It may also be a good idea to consult the band director.

 

I PURCHASED AN INSTRUMENT ON THE INTERNET AND NOW I AM TOLD IT IS VERY POOR QUALITY.  NOW WHAT?

Check the company’s return policy.  Many people shop Online thinking they can trust the seller and save money at the same time.  Auction sites are misleading with the descriptions of instruments.  If no brand name is listed, this is never a good sign.  Many of the inferior quality instruments are advertised as “Educator Approved,” or “Professional Silver Trumpet,” or “Silver Marching Band Trumpet,” etc.  Not only is the product inferior, but there are rarely parts or service available after the sale.  Please see a qualified band instrument store or your band director before shopping on the internet, especially if you have little experience in this confusing market.  Please see our article regarding band instrument quality on this Web site.

 

I PURCHASED AN INSTRUMENT FROM A WELL-KNOWN DEPARTMENT STORE AND NOW I AM TOLD IT IS VERY POOR QUALITY.  NOW WHAT?

Return it for a refund.  Several department stores have discontinued selling band instruments due to so many being returned by disgruntled customers.  Some people obtain instruments from these stores, thinking they can trust the quality of the product and save money at the same time.  Unfortunately, some department stores are selling low priced instruments in attempt to hook the impulse buyer or bargain hunter.  Not only is the product inferior, but there are rarely parts or service available after the sale  Please see a qualified band instrument store or your band director, especially if you have little experience in this confusing market.  Please see our article regarding band instrument quality on this Web site.

  

 

 

ABOUT INSTRUMENT “FITTING”

  

     Bandland offers instrument fitting on the following Saturdays only:

       Saturdays  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM  on:

       August 19, 26 and September 2, 9, 16.

 

            We also offer instrument fittings in various schools throughout the fall on weekday evenings.  Now you can take the initial step in getting your son/daughter involved in the school band program.  The staff from BANDLAND will assist in “fitting” your child for an instrument.  Some students will adapt best to specific instruments, and will have a higher success rate if doing so.  However, we have found that forcing a child to play an instrument they do not want will nearly always end in failure.  Being open-minded to instrumentation that the school band needs will also be appreciated when selecting an instrument.

 

       When your band director has notified the students that band classes will be starting, you may bring your child BANDLAND for fitting.  While there, your son/daughter will:

·         Be shown how to create a sound on the instrument

·         Be given a chance to try another instrument if their original instrument does not seem to “work or fit” easily for them.

 

BANDLAND will assist you in any way possible to obtain the proper instrument.  They have many years of experience in band testing and are a devoted supporter of school music education.

 

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