Korinthian Violins rents violins in sizes 1/32, 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and full size. All violin sizes are generally in stock throughout the year. Violas are available in 12", 13", 14", 15", 15 1/2", 16", and 16 1/2" sizes. All sizes of viola are not necessarily in stock at any time, and rental orders must be made in advance to ensure we have the size you need. All violins and violas rent for $20 a month. We no longer rent cellos.
Rentals include the instrument, bow, suspension case with shoulder straps, rosin, cleaning cloth, professional level replacement strings as needed, and basic maintenance. (Basic maintenance means any normal adjustments and simple repairs, replacement of parts if necessary, if anything happens to your bow we just give you a new one, etc.) The only things not covered are if you lose the instrument or if you damage it in such a way that we can't rent it to the next person, in which case you are responsible for its cost.
The first month is a trial month with a deposit of $20. Anytime in that first month if you return the instrument you simply get your $20 back. After the first month you will receive a letter saying we are about to bill you for three months at a time. We bill quarterly, and most people use automatic payment using either a credit or debit card, but renters are also welcome to pay by cash or check or PayPal. There is a $20 late fee for people who do not pay on time. At any point if you return the instrument in good condition you receive your deposit back and we refund you for any time you may have paid for but have not yet used.
Korinthian Violins is not in the rent to own business, but if you like your instrument and want to buy it outright at some point, depending on your customer record we can deduct what you've put into the instrument up to half the price of its retail cost. If you purchase a rental outfit and want to trade it in for a different or better instrument, depending on its condition we can take it back and apply up to half its retail value toward the next purchase. If you have been a customer in our rental program for at least a year and have a reliable record, we can offer a discount on almost anything in our inventory based on your amount of time in the program.
If you would like to see a copy of our rental contract, or to fill it out before you come in, here it is: Korinthian Violins Rental Contract.pdf.
We take great pride in our rental program. Our own children and students use these instruments and it's important to us that they be set up comfortably and speak clearly. We use professional grade strings, and believe instruments should always be stage presentable. We are happy to change out chinrests of different styles upon request, and we do our best to address any problems or concerns our rental customers may have as quickly and easily as possible. Making music is a wonderful experience, but learning to play violin or viola is challenging enough without fighting poor equipment or suffering poor service. Our goal is that Korinthian Violins provides rental instruments to the community that people are proud to play and that make learning easier.