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Buying vs. Renting a Saxophone: The Best Option for Beginners
Apr 1, 2019 - 1:37
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The saxophone is a wind instrument that lets you flexibly play different genres of music, ranging from jazz to rock. Whether you are a beginner trying to learn to play this instrument or it's for your kid that you are planning to enroll in a saxophone lesson, you have the option to rent or purchase this musical instrument. If you're not sure which one is the best option for you, we have listed their pros and cons so you can consider them.

Saxophone rental pros
Here are some of the advantages of renting a saxophone.

Easier upgrade. This is true, especially for kids. Saxophones are available in different sizes, and since kids are starting with smaller ones that fit them, it would be convenient to upgrade to a bigger one once they outgrow their first.
Cheaper at first. Compared to purchasing a new instrument, renting is a more practical option when it comes to price, especially if you are still testing the waters.
Can be rented for a short period. If you decide not to push through with learning how to play the saxophone, you could quickly stop the rental; they are available for a short rental.
No maintenance or repair cost. It's the rental company that will shoulder this, so you don't have to worry about it.

Saxophone rental cons
Below are the disadvantages of saxophone rental.

More costly in the long run. if you end up renting for a long time, the total amount that you will be paying for the rental might be more than what you would spend if you purchase a new saxophone.
Must be used according to terms. You are required to follow the terms and conditions given by the rental company. It's vital that you read them to avoid violating their terms.
Additional fees. There may be surcharges and other added fees included in the rental.

Saxophone purchase pros
Check out the benefits that you will enjoy when purchasing a saxophone.

Cost-effective for longer use. if you are sure that you will be using the instrument for a long time, buying one will save you more. Different types of saxophones are available with varying prices like Dawkes range of saxophones.
Gives a sense of pride. There's this sense of ownership that gives the feeling of joy and satisfaction.
Motivates owner to practice. Since it's your instrument, you will feel more motivated to practice and get better.

Saxophone purchase cons
Here are the drawbacks of purchasing a saxophone rather than getting a rental.

Kids can outgrow the instrument. If the saxophone is for children, there will come a time when they will need an upgrade.
Initial cost is higher. The purchase price is higher than the rental fee in the beginning.
You shoulder the maintenance and repair cost. Since it's your personal property, you also pay for its maintenance and repair.

Be sure to consider all these factors before deciding if you will purchase or rent a saxophone, to ensure that you make the most out of the experience and your money.

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