Whether you’re a beginning saxophonist or mature musician who isn’t sure they have the time to fully dedicate to the saxophone, it’s a good idea to rent when starting out with a new instrument. Renting provides the perfect introduction to the saxophone, and it allows younger players (and their parents) the chance to really get a feel for their instrument before making the investment of buying.
As with any important decision, it’s best to research all your options before choosing the saxophone rental that is going to suit your (and your child’s) musical needs. This guide outlines everything you need to know to rent a saxophone- with some quick tips on how to care for your instrument.
Saxophone Rental 101 – What you need to know
The first step in the rental process should be determining which type of saxophone to play. There are 4 major types that offer many different sounds including soprano, alto, tenor and baritone. The alto and tenor are the most played types of saxophones, with the alto being the most popular choice for beginning musicians.
Once you’ve made the decision as to which saxophone you or your child want to play, you should sit down and thoroughly research everything the rental plan you’ve selected has to offer. This information may seem overwhelming, but a good rental program should provide step-by-step instruction on how to rent, return, upgrade and maintain your instrument. Here are a few examples of what to look for in a rental plan.
Maintenance and repairs
Music & Arts offers in-store and rental affiliate repairs. If there is not a brick and mortar store nearby, you should be able to contact the rental company directly for more specific repair instructions. Inquire about lost or stolen instruments as well: with the addition of a Liability Damage Waiver, you are generally covered in the case of a damaged or irreparable instrument.
A rental company may have an initial rental period, which outlines a minimum amount of time a saxophone must be rented before it can be returned. They may also offer month-to-month or longer term rentals. Regardless, just make sure you have return and exchange options at any time.
Many companies offer credit during your rental term that can be applied to the purchase of a future instrument. This is comes in handy if a student saxophonist is dedicated, talented and ready to upgrade to an intermediate or professional-level instrument. You may also have the option to buyout your rental at a reduced price when you rent a saxophone.
Quick care tips for your saxophone
Help keep your sax in tip-top condition by following these care tips:
Make sure you have all of your cleaning supplies
Key Oil – to keep your key joints smooth
Swab – to remove excess saliva and bacteria from inside the instrument
Cork Grease – grease prevents cracking in the tenon cork
Mouthpiece Brush – removes the gunk in the mouthpiece
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Clean your saxophone immediately after each playing or practice session. Wipe down the outside and inside the bell with a clean cloth. Be careful not to use cleaning products or polish: these could get onto the pads, which can shorten their lifespan considerably.
When you’re not using your sax, store it in its case. Properly housing your instrument will go a long way toward keeping it in the best shape possible.
Handle your saxophone with care. Don’t pick it up by its neck. Instead, use both hands and grasp it firmly around the body.
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