FAQ’s About Our Rent-to-Purchase Program

A Note About Renting During COVID-19
Elefante Music wants to assure our customers that we are committed to your safety. We clean and disinfect every instrument, including the case, according to CDC guidelines explained in this article. In addition, after they are disinfected, woodwind and brass instruments, mouthpieces, necks, etc. are wrapped in protective plastic.

What is a trial rental?
The Trial Rental is a one-time rental option that cannot be repeated. It allows both parent and student the opportunity to try a certain instrument without a significant financial outlay. Should the student decide to continue, the rental payment (less the maintenance fee) may be used towards purchasing the instrument that is being rented.
What happens when the trial rental period ends?
At the end of the trial rental period you have the option to a) purchase the instrument; b) return the instrument (see below for return instructions); or c) continue renting the instrument on a monthly basis for the following prices:
Group A: $26.00 per month; Group B: $38.00 per month; Group C: $45.00 per month; Group D: $55.00 per month; Group E: $65.00 per month.
What is the service charge?
The service charge is a monthly fee that entitles the renter use of our comprehensive on premise repair shop. You will receive regular maintenance and repair of your instrument. The fee is included in the payments described on this contract. These fees do not count towards the purchase of your instrument. The service charges per month are:
$6.00 for Group A, $7.00 for Group B, $8.00 for Group C, and $9.00 for Group D instruments.
Do my payments count towards the purchase of my instrument?
All consecutive payments (less the service charge) count towards the purchase of the instrument.
Are there any discounts for purchasing the instrument?
At the end of the initial rental period, you are entitled to a 40% discount off of the list price of the instrument. During the first year of monthly re-rental you are entitled to a 30% discount and thereafter 20%.
How can I return the instrument?
You may return the instrument directly to Elefante Music.

You may return the instrument to school BUT Elefante Music must be notified to obtain a Return Authorization number. If you return the instrument to the school without obtaining a Return Authorization number from Elefante Music first you will be responsible for any payments that may be due up until the time we have the instrument in our possession. Once your instrument has been returned in our system your account will close and any credit you have accumulated towards the purchase of the instrument will no longer be available.
Are string rentals different than other instruments?
Yes, string instruments can be exchanged at no charge for larger sizes as the student grows. The smaller instruments are therefore not necessarily the ones that you will eventually purchase. The payments that you make on the smaller instruments can be applied to the final instrument that you will need.
How much are the instruments worth?
Below is a table of instruments and their prices. The variations can be due to manufacturer’s prices and if an instrument has been used or is new. All of our rental instruments are new or like-new.


Group A Price
Flute $400-$1015
Clarinet $400-$1179
Trumpet $550-$1195
Trombone $720-$1301
Violin $535-$723
Viola $545-$921
Bell/Drum kit $250-$695
Group B Price
Alto Saxophone $825-$2500
Oboe $1230-$2390
Cello (except 4/4) $1230-$1627
Piccolo $635-$995
Group C Price
French Horn $1345-$4095
Tenor Saxophone $890-$3200
Baritone Horn $1435-$2215
Cello 4/4 $1230-$1627
Bass Clarinet $1935-$2450