Everything You Need to Know About Renting A Cello

When it comes to learning a new instrument, the cello is a big undertaking. Literally. Even the junior instruments require space, while the adult cello typically reaches 48 inches in height. So, this isn’t an instrument for someone who lives in a small apartment, or wants something to just grab and go for simple transportation and impromptu performances. On the other hand, the cello is a great instrument to play. And it’s one of those instruments that always has surprises left to give, even when you think that you’ve learnt it all.

But because of the cello’s size, it really makes sense to rent your instrument before you even think about committing to the expense of purchasing outright. So, what do you need to know about renting a cello?

Rent from Home Cello Rental Guide

What do you need to know about cellos?

The cello was invented in 16th century Italy. It’s ever so slightly younger than the violin and viola, but it’s composition is very similar, just on a much larger scale. Known for its deep, rich tones, it adds depth and power to any orchestral piece. And despite its size, it’s not known as being all that difficult to learn. But it does require practice if you want to create a sound worth listening to.

Cellos are played when seated. The top of the instrument’s body should rest against the center of your chest at a 45-degree angle, with the C string peg near your left ear. What cello do you want to play?

There are various different types of cello available. Typically, they are put within four categories: beginner, intermediate, performer, and top-line. You can also get smaller models for younger players, starting at 1/8 cellos for learners of 4-6 years old, or anyone below four feet in height. There are various sizes of cello in between, but for most learners of five feet or above, the 4/4 cello is the perfect choice.

How to rent a cello

Renting a cello is the easiest part. You can either call us toll free on: 800-578-9724, or place your order online. Ordering online, once you’ve landed on the Rent From Home cello page, you simply need to follow the prompts.

Once you’ve placed your order, we’ll arrange delivery to your chosen address – your home, work, or one of our 400 partner music stores across the country. And you’ll receive your cello between one to five working days after placing your order, depending on where in America you are.

Returns and exchanges

There are all kinds of benefits to renting a cello, but the ability to return or exchange your instrument has to be towards the top of the list. We understand that, which is why we make the process so easy.

Every Rent From Home Customer gets a 30 day free trial of their instrument before any payments are taken. So, if you find that the cello is a little too much for your son or daughter to handle and want to send it back for another instrument, you simply need to let us know and we’ll talk you through the process. And because we work on rolling monthly contracts after your trial period, you can do this at any time. No quibbles.

The same applies if you simply want to call it quits and give up the idea of learning a new instrument completely… Although we wouldn’t really recommend that. Being able to play a musical instrument is such a great gift. Sometimes, it’s just a case of finding the right one for you!

Rent to own

Perhaps equally as appealing as a flexible returns and exchanges policy, is the fact that if you rent a cello from Rent From Home and you find that you really love it, you can turn your rental payments into a purchasing agreement. That way, you continue to receive the benefits of instrument rental, but you get to own your cello at the end of the designated period.

Maintenance and repairs

Partly due to their size and partly due to their construction, cellos are relatively fragile instruments. If you store them in the wrong conditions – too hot, too cold, too damp, too dry – they can warp or crack. And they really don’t like being dropped! And that can be a major concern when you’re buying or renting a cello for a child. But that’s why every Rent From Home rental contract is covered by our Loss Damage Waiver Plus Maintenance Program (LDW).

In the event that your cello gets damaged, lost or stolen, just give us a call. We’ll need to take some details, but we’ll make sure that your instrument is repaired or replaced as soon as we possibly can. Loan instruments can also be made available for special occasions.

How to care for your cello

Of course, not all cello maintenance requires professional treatment. There are some things that you will need to do yourself on a regular basis to keep your instrument sounding the way that it was intended to.

· Always lift your cello by its neck, being careful not to touch the hairs. · Don’t apply too much rosin when playing. · Wipe down your cello, strings, and bow with a clean, soft cloth after playing. · On a monthly basis, wipe your cello’s strings with an alcohol-moistened cloth, being careful not to touch the wood. · Always keep your cello in its case when it is not in use. · Never store your cello where it may be subject to temperature fluctuations. · If you are not intending to play your cello for a period, loosen the strings by half a step before storing.

And remember, it’s always a good idea to use a cello stand, or place your instrument securely, where it’s unlikely to fall, if you need to take a break.

The cello is a really wonderful instrument to play. By renting your instrument, you get the chance to enjoy the experience and make sure that it’s the right instrument for you, without worrying about potential overheads, insurance and accidents.

So, are you ready to rent your cello?