Rental Information and Frequently Asked Questions
Rent-to-Own at Bandland - A complete program with options to fit your needs
HOW IT WORKS:
Rent 1 / Get 1 Trial Period
Beginning band students are offered a 2-month trial period at an introductory rate. You pay for the first month and the second month is deferred. This gives the parent an opportunity to monitor the child’s progress and interest level. All rent you pay applies to the total cost of the instrument.
Bandland only rents name-brand instruments. Our high-quality instruments will greatly benefit the band student and the music program.
After the 2-month Trial Period you may:
· 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
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.
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
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 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.
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: $70.00 + tax on all instruments other than alto sax (which is $110.00 + tax), which is what a 3 month rental fee would have cost, had you rented the instrument). 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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WILL ALL MY RENT
APPLY TO THE PURCHASE OF THE INSTRUMENT?
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 6 months of the contract and take a 30% discount on the outstanding balance of the instrument (25% on percussion kits).
If you are not ready to purchase then, you will still have the opportunity to purchase the instrument outright at any point during the next 6 months of the contract and receive a 20% discount on the outstanding balance of the instrument. Otherwise, you may rent by the month until all payments are made, at which time you own 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?
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 $110.00 + tax), which is what a 3 month rental fee would have cost, had you rented the instrument). 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: $70.00 + tax on all instruments other than alto sax (which is $110.00 + tax), which is what a 3 month rental fee would have cost, had you rented the instrument). This is the least expensive way to purchase an instrument, and still have a return option.
ABOUT THE INSTRUMENTS I SEE FOR
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?
For the 2-month trial rental, you pay $35 (+ sales tax) for flute/clarinet/cornet/trumpet/trombone/snare kit/bell kit, or $55 (+ tax) for alto sax. If you elect to continue with the RTO plan after the trial period, monthly rental is $35 (+ tax) for all instruments except alto sax, which is $55.00 (+ 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
MANY MONTHS BEFORE I AM PAID IN FULL?
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.
MUCH DOES SERVICE COST?
YOU RENT BOTH NEW & RECONDITIONED INSTRUMENTS?
DO YOU RENT OR SELL RENTAL
WHAT BRANDS DO YOU SELL?
We are an authorized dealer for Selmer, Bach, Conn, Emerson, Omega, Soloist, Holton, King, Armstrong, Artley, Vito, LeBlanc, Ludwig, Pearl and several others.
IF MY CHILD QUITS BAND?
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.
SUPPLIES ARE PROVIDED?
WOULD A DIFFERENT RENTAL OR
LEASE PLAN BE CHEAPER THAN THE RTO PLAN YOU OFFER?
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 ($110.00 + tax), which is what a 3 month rental fee would have cost, had you rented the instrument.
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 AFTER THE TRIAL PERIOD?
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 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM on:
August 25 and September 1, 8, 15, 22
We also offer instrument fittings in various schools throughout September 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.