There are pros and cons to both renting and owning your instrument as a new player. I usually recommend that beginners start with a rental instrument. This allows them to get started with a reasonably dependable instrument, guaranteed free repair, and a smaller financial commitment up-front. However, there are good reasons to go either way.
|Rental (from most string=specialist companies||Free maintenance AND strings! (for beginners, this is definitely a plus).||You don’t get to pick your instrument, though most rentals from a reputable shop are of reasonable quality.|
|You can change sizes for free whenever necessary.||The price of a rental can add up significantly over the long run (though this can often be applied to a future purchase!).|
|You won’t have to commit to an instrument until the student is mature enough (hopefully) to pick out a good one.|
|Purchase||You can pick your own instrument.||Families can be tempted to get what’s cheapest, which may not be what’s quality.|
|After it’s paid for, you can stop paying for it.||Maintenance and strings are no longer free.|
|Sense of ownership.||If the child is still growing, a new instrument has to be purchased each time they size up.|
For more information on finding a good rental or purchase instrument, check out the page on Finding Your Perfect Instrument.