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Viola pricing

bradis2cool4u 226 221 September 10, 2015 at 01:54 PM
My son wants to take up the Viola in school but I'm uncertain of whether the prices the participating businesses are offer are fair or if they're just praying on the parents.

They are offering approx $30/month for the viola and that covers any repairs. They told my wife the cost of the instrument outright would be $700.

Does anyone have any input or can you direct me to a fairly priced instrument for a beginner?

Thanks in advance.

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My son wants to take up the Viola in school but I'm uncertain of whether the prices the participating businesses are offer are fair or if they're just praying on the parents.

They are offering approx $30/month for the viola and that covers any repairs. They told my wife the cost of the instrument outright would be $700.

Does anyone have any input or can you direct me to a fairly priced instrument for a beginner?

Thanks in advance.
You might want to ask around to other parents/teachers to see what their experience has been in your particular area. Just a thought...
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Unfortunately I don't get to talk to the teachers or parents much cuz of my work schedule. That's more of a wife thing.
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Unfortunately I don't get to talk to the teachers or parents much cuz of my work schedule. That's more of a wife thing.
So email them? Or have your wife do it? I mean...really? You can figure this out...
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i would consider getting a used one. im sure tons of kids stop playing instruments after they get bored.
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Seems like an awful big ripoff to me. Check out the below link - Violas starting under $200. Just buy a new one. Odds are he will lose interest after the first year anyway. $30 a month you paid for the below in one school year. You could sell after that for most of what you paid I suspect.

8%-10% off code for them too - RMN0889

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/vi...cyCode=USD
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Around here - a lot of kids rent instruments for the school year - it varies, depending on the instrument, but the pricing includes insurance etc in case something happens to it.

When buying (new or used), you have to be sure you're getting what is needed for the situation at hand.

I suggested that the OP (or his wife?) make contact w the teacher/director and/or other parents, find out what they have done/do. It's easy to email! Everyone is doing it! Smilie

Pricing/options for instruments can vary widely in different parts of the country. Wealth of information from folks that have 'been there/done that'. Just my experience though.
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Thanks for the tips!
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