UH OH!!! Your kid walks in and says ” I want to learn to play the piano”. As you stare into their face you can’t decide if this is just a passing fancy or if they are going to be the next Elton John. Your thoughts are “what now?” You have no idea what that even means. Sound familiar…?
Naturally, this is a conversation that I have weekly with parents. “We’re not ready to spend thousands of dollars yet.” “We can buy a keyboard for $500”. “I believe in my kid, BUT”. “I can’t afford it”. These are all very compelling. I mean, who wants to spend a lot of money on something that is only going to be used for a few months until studying gets difficult? Yet, you still hear the words “I want to learn to play the piano”.
I Want To Learn To Play The Piano
You just heard your kid say I want to learn to play the piano. Of course, I don’t know your situation. I know you want what’s best for your kids and I know you want them to have every opportunity they can have. You know it’s the right thing to do but…….
The answer to the question you don’t want to ask: Rent. Simple. Rent.
Here’s the deal.
First, you come in and choose the piano you want to rent. Second, you pick one that works in your home and feels right. Third, we will do a quick application and gather some important information. Finally, we will set up a delivery time and you are all set. Let the kids (or adults) take lessons and learn to play to an acceptable level. In the meantime, depending on how they are doing with their lessons, you can consider buying something more permanent. You can rent for as long as you want. As they learn to play the piano you can make your choice.
Finally, once you feel comfortable we can take the next step. Obviously, you are wondering about the money. This is how it works: After you rent and you have decided to buy we will take the next step together. The money you have spent on renting will be used as a credit for buying. So, for example, if you rented for 12 months at $70.00 you would get an $840.00 discount off the sale price of any piano we have for sale.
Here’s What Renters Do
Incidentally, what I have just described to you is what 90% of the renters do to work out this dilemma. This is the same idea as leasing a car EXCEPT you get the money back towards a purchase.
Last week, we had a customer who had rented a piano from us for the last year. Her son had started with a rental piano and has done a good job learning to play. In fact, he has done so well that it was time to upgrade. She came in with her son and played a lot of pianos before deciding on a specific model. By the way, the piano was sale priced at $7,490.00. We sat down and worked it out so she only paid $6000.00 for the piano she wanted. it was a perfect example of how this works.
Renting a piano is very simple. We have quite a few in the store to choose from. I have used the word “simple” several times because it is very simple and easy to rent. It’s cost-effective to rent a piano because you are paying a few hundred (which returns when you are ready to buy) instead of thousands. It has now gone from UH OH!!! I WANT TO LEARN TO PLAY THE PIANO – WHAT NOW? to PROBLEM SOLVED.
Consequently, what happens if it doesn’t work out? Again, I’m using that word – SIMPLE – you pick up the phone OR email me, ask for us to pick up the piano. We set an appointment to pick the piano up and you are all done. The real question is “What if it does work out?” You have gotten into a risk-free situation that will pay you back for many years to come.
Naturally, if you have questions, please ask. I am happy to help you on your journey and be of service.
R. Kassman Piano
843 Gilman St
Berkeley, CA 94710