Which instrument could my child play? (when they don't like the teacher's recommendation)

Throughout my 30+ years as a band director and industry professional, I know most children can adapt to about any instrument with honest effort. Make every effort to have an experienced music teacher help you with selecting the best instrument for your child. If there has been an instrument try-out procedure and your child is disappointed with the choices assigned to them, by all means discuss this with the teacher to make them aware of your concerns.

Music teachers and Band Directors are striving to maintain a balanced instrumentation; you can't have a good band with 30 alto sax players and 20 drummers! However, teachers have some flexibility and will want your child to be both happy and motivated about their choice of which instrument to play.

What is the 50% early purchase option?

During any time of your rental agreement you may purchase your instrument early and save 50% off the remaining balance. To qualify, all payments required by the Agreement must be current and the Agreement must not have been terminated by default. The payoff amount will be calculated as 50% of the sum of the total amount of rental payments remaining to complete the ownership requirements of the Agreement.

What's the price if we just buy the instrument outright?

Prior to making a decision to buy outright there are several points to consider about the advantages of renting first:
- Renting allows you and your child to determine if this is an activity the child will pursue long term
- Renting allows you to easily switch to another instrument if necessary and
- Repairs and maintenance are covered while you are on the rental agreement.

Best of all, if everything is going well, RMI allows you to pay off your rental agreement balance early and save 50% of the remaining balance at anytime. We always recommend trying before you buy to keep all your options open.

How long will it take to process my on-line rental?

Rentals are processed and shipped the same day or next full business day upon verification of billing and address information. Once your account is confirmed, your instrument will ship immediately via UPS.

Is the rental instrument going to be new?

Our instruments are new or like new and inspected by our service experts prior to shipping.

Will the instrument be suitable for our school's instrumental program?

Our selection of instruments includes the major name brands and models professional music educators know and trust.

What comes with the instrument?

Every instrument rental includes a carrying/storage case and mouthpiece. Music books, stands, and care kits can also be added to your order. If your specific school information is not listed on our website, please consult with your local music teacher to find out what music book and supplies you will need.

Is there a minimum contract length?

There is no minimum rental period. You may terminate the rental agreement at any time by returning the instrument or by completing all payments to take ownership of the instrument.

Do you offer any type of protection plan?

Our Instrument Maintenance & Repair Plan costs just $5 per month ($8 for saxophones and cellos) and protects your child's instrument against accidental damage or destruction. Intentional damage is not covered. Cosmetic damage, which does not affect the instrument's playability, is not covered.

Tell me what happens with damage or repairs.

Please do not attempt to repair instruments on your own as you could cause serious additional damage. Repairs arising from normal usage of the instruments is covered, but intentional damage is not. At the bottom of the RMI homepage is a Repair Authorization tab, simply click on it, fill out the Repair Authorization Form, and send it back to us. We'll send you a Repair Authorization number and a printable UPS shipping label to ship the instrument back to us for repair. There are no shipping or repair charges when you utilize our Repair and Maintenance Coverage.

What happens if my child decides to quit?

All RMI rental agreements have an exchange option if a student want to, or is assigned, to change instruments. To return a instrument, simply go to the RMI homepage and click on the Instrument Return tab at the bottom of the page. There is a very short form for you to complete to receive a return authorization. If your account is current, once you have returned the instrument to RMI, there is no further obligation.

What happens if my child needs to switch to a different instrument?

Always consult your teacher before switching as it may impact other members of your musical group or band. RMI has an easy return or exchange program that allows students to quickly and easily change instruments.

What other things will we need besides the instrument?

Additional items are available on the RMI website and can be included with your instrument rental, such as:
- Band or orchestra method book
- A care kit for their instrument
- Folding music stand
- Extra reeds
- Other essential items

Contact your teacher for specific information and program requirements if your school is not registered on our website.

Do you provide any free lessons?

RMI does not offer free music lessons. However, many of our affiliate music store locations do have lesson programs and there is no better way to get a child off to a great start than private or small group lessons. Ask private teachers if they will take more than one beginner student at a time; using the buddy system may save you a little money and young students often prefer to have a friend or two learn with them.

Does it come with a free music stand?

RMI does not provide a free music stand with our rentals. We do, however, offer a very high quality folding music stand with a carrying case at a small additional rental fee.