You agree to rent an instrument from Elefante Music under the following terms:

  • All rental payments are due in advance and are not contingent upon practice, lesson, or school schedules.
  • Rental payments are non-refundable. There will be no refunds for early contract termination of trial rentals.
  • All active rentals accounts are required to have a credit card on file.
  • We reserve the right to charge your credit card for any past due amount.
  • As the renter you are responsible for damage or loss of the instrument due to negligence.
  • If your account becomes 60 days past due, Elefante Music, as its option, can void any credits and/or send the account to collections.
  • Renter is responsible for the condition and safekeeping of the instrument.
  • Elefante Music is the only repair shop allowed to handle the instrument.

FAQ’s About Elefante Music’s Rent-to-Purchase Program

What is a trial rental?
The Trial Rental is a one-time rental option that cannot be repeated. It is paid in one up-front payment for the amount of time specified on your contract. It allows both parent and student the opportunity to try an  instrument without a significant financial outlay.

What happens when the trial rental period ends?
At the end of the trial rental period, you have the option to a) purchase the instrument; b) return the instrument (see below for return instructions); or c) continue renting the instrument on a monthly basis for the following prices: Group A: $28.00 per month; Group B: $39.00 per month; Group C: $45.00 per month; Group D: $55.00 per month (See a table of each group's instruments below.)

Do my payments count towards the purchase of my instrument?
All consecutive monthly payments (less the maintenance charge) count towards the purchase of the rental band or orchestra instrument. Accumulated credit from rental payments may only be applied towards the purchase of band or orchestra instruments. Payments can also be applied towards an upgrade band or orchestra instrument rental or purchase.

What is the maintenance charge? 
The maintenance charge is a portion of your monthly fee that entitles the renter use of our comprehensive on-premises repair shop and covers regular maintenance and repair of your instrument. The fee is included in the payments described on this contract and do not count towards the purchase of your instrument. The maintenance charges per month are: $6.00 for Group A, $7.00 for Group B, $8.00 for Group C, and $9.00 for Group D instruments. 

Are there any discounts for purchasing the instrument?
At the end of the trial rental period, you are entitled to a 40% discount off of the list price of the instrument.  During the first year of monthly rental you are entitled to a 30% discount and thereafter 20%.

How can I return the instrument?
You may return the instrument directly to Elefante Music. During the school year you may return the instrument to school BUT you must first contact Elefante Music to obtain a Return Authorization. If you return the instrument to the school without first obtaining a Return Authorization, you will be responsible for any payments that may be due up until the time we have the instrument in our possession.

Are string rentals different than other instruments?
Yes, string instruments can be exchanged at no charge for larger sizes as the student grows. The smaller instruments are therefore not necessarily the ones that you will eventually purchase. The payments that you make on the smaller instruments can be applied to the final instrument that you will need.

How much are the instruments worth?

Below are tables of instruments and their range of values. The variations can be due to manufacturer’s prices and if an instrument has been used or is new. All of our rental instruments are new or like-new. 

Group A Instruments Price 
 Flute  $560-$1199
 Clarinet  $545-$1295
 Trumpet  $569-$1384
 Trombone  $720-$1399 
 Violin  $550-$875
 Viola  $570-$1330 
 Bell/Drum Kit  $255-$757


Group B Instruments Price 
 Alto Sax  $1129-$2606
 Oboe  $1230-$3740 
 Cello (up to 3/4)  $1230-$2975
 Piccolo  $799-$1239


Group C Instruments Price 
 French Horn  $1345-$3479
 Tenor Sax   $1370-$3148
 Baritone Horn   $1450-$2586
 Cello 4/4  $1230-$1678
 Bass Clarinet  $1935-$3080
 Soprano Saxophone   $890-$2455


Group D Instruments  Price
 Upright Bass  $2065-$2550
Double F Horn   $3235-$4289
Tuba  $4130-5099 
Bari Sax  $4695-$6029 


If you have any further questions please call us at (908) 464-5928

or e-mail [email protected]


These terms are effective on contracts initiated on or before March 31st, 2021.