Our Woodwind & Brass rental scheme is perfect if you're not sure that you wish to purchase an instrument just yet. For example, you may have a young beginner and you want to see how they progress or you may be an adult adding another instrument to your collection. Our 'Start Right' rental scheme is flexible, affordable and you can use some of the money spent on the rental towards the cost of a new instrument.
Monthly payments are made via direct debit. Insurance and maintenance is included in the monthly cost and all instruments are professionally checked and prepared by our experienced technicians before they are sent out. This ensures you receive an instrument in perfect working order that is ready to help you on your musical path.
Scenario: Mr & Mrs Jones have a 8 year old daughter who is starting Flute at school.
The teacher has recommended a curved head Yamaha model as their daughter is still quite small and would benefit from the curved head version. Mr & Mrs Jones are new to instrumental music and their daughter has never played an instrument before. Decision: Mr & Mrs Jones rent a curved head Yamaha Flute from Dawkes for just £22 per month. This includes maintenance and insurance so they don't have to worry about anything going wrong with instrument etc. Outcome: Their daughter very much enjoys playing the Flute and so after the initial 3 months Mr & Mrs Jones decide to keep renting. After 12 months they have saved up £99 in rental credit (half the rental amount paid between month 3 and month 12) and they use this credit against the cost of buying a new instrument, this time without the curved head as they no longer need it, and return their used rental Flute to Dawkes. Being able to buy the instrument they actually needed after 12 months rather than the instrument they started with was a really useful aspect of the rental scheme.
Scenario: Mr Lewis has always fancied playing the Saxophone. During his time at school there was little or no possibility to play a musical instrument and in later life he really wants to give it a go. Decision: Mr Lewis rents a Yamaha Alto Sax from Dawkes for just £27 per month, it comes with all the relevant accessories and maintenance care equipment so he can go straight to his lesson and start making music! Outcome: After 3 months Mr Lewis is delighted with his progress and decides to return his current rental Sax and buy a new model that he can call his own. For just £81 (3 months rental) he was able to make sure that he really could get on with the Saxophone and give the necessary time and effort to his practice.
Scenario: Tommy is 9 years old and was told last week that he could learn the Trumpet at school. Decision: Tommy's parents aren't quite prepared to spend £300 on a new Trumpet as Tommy has already tried the violin and drums and despite enjoying himself making noise he has not carried on playing. So they decide to rent a Trumpet from Dawkes for just £13 per month. Outcome: In the first month Tommy gets his valves mixed up and the Trumpet stops working. Thankfully Dawkes have an on-site workshop where we resolve the mix-up and this is all done free of charge on the rental scheme as part of the maintenance coverage. After 3 months Tommy decides the Trumpet is not quite the instrument for him, his parents return the instrument to Dawkes who stop the Direct Debits, and the good news is it's only cost £39 to try the instrument out for 3 months.
Scenario: Lucy is 16 years old and has played the Clarinet for 6 years. She's now done her Grade 7 and fancies having a go at another instrument but she's not sure what. Decision: Lucy's parents kindly wish to encourage her music making so agree to rent a Yamaha Tenor Sax for just £32 per month. As this instrument new would cost over £1000 they are happy to only have to find £32 per month to see if Lucy gets on with it. Outcome: Lucy takes to playing the Sax as her clarinet background gives her a great start. After 6 months its Lucy's birthday and her family decide to treat her to a Tenor Sax. They use the 3 months credit they have accrued (£48 - half of 3 x £32) and use the money towards a new Tenor Sax that they pay for on 12 months interest free credit
The most common Clarinet to start on is the B♭ Clarinet – it's the choice of most beginners and we offer the reliable Yamaha student model. We also offer a wooden upgrade model, an A or E♭ Clarinet for specialist orchestral use and the Bass Clarinet for anyone wanting to try one before committing to a purchase.
Many new players begin on Alto Sax, but it's not unusual for adults to also consider Tenor Sax when starting out. If you're looking for a child, the Alto Sax is the most common starting place, or perhaps a Curved Soprano if they are very small but we'd advise checking with your teacher first.
For Sax players looking to expand their skill set we offer Baritone & Soprano Sax models for monthly rent. This is a great way to find out how you get on with these more specialist instruments.
Most new beginners start on a straight Flute in C. Some very young players with small arms may require a Curved Flute which comes with a curved head joint. We advise checking with your teacher if you are unsure.
We also offer the Piccolo on a monthly rental for any Flautists who want to try one out before committing to a purchase, or indeed who just need one for a fixed period of time.
We offer the Howarth Junior which is ideal for very young players with small hands, and also the standard covered hole models from Yamaha which would be suitable for the vast majority of beginners. We would advise checking with your teacher if a Junior Oboe is required, most young students can manage on a normal covered hole option.
We offer both the Short Reach and Standard key configurations on bassoon. The Short Reach model is advisable for younger players who may need help with the fingering – if in doubt please check with the teacher beforehand. Any teenagers or adults would be fine using a standard size Bassoon and we offer the Schreiber on a monthly rental.
We offer both the standard Yamaha Tenor Trombone which is suitable for the vast majority of beginners, we also offer the Compact series for very young and small players. The Compact Trombone has a smaller slide and rotor system to compensate.
We'd advise checking with your Teacher, but commonly most new beginners will start on the standard Tenor Trombone.
We offer a range of French Horns for rental. The two Single Horns that are ideal for young beginners are the Bb and F versions. It's down to the preference of the Teacher as to which of these you start on so please check with them accordingly.
For any adults, or indeed those progressing from a Single Horn we also offer monthly rental on the Yamaha Full Double Horns.