At the moment, running my music school, children have to have their own instruments before they're able to learn, as we have nothing to lend them. However, I have been thinking about perhaps renting them out per term, and buying some new ones myself so that they don't have to pay a lot of money in the beginning. Does this sound like something that would be a good idea? When cared for correctly, instruments can remain in use for years. So a fee of perhaps £10 per term (so £30 per year and maybe another small fee over the summer holidays) would result in a profit after maybe 4 years for the smaller beginner instruments - not to mention that we could always sell them for a small amount when we wanted them replaced. I don't suppose anyone knows a way to get instruments cheaper? That's just a random question really as it will be something that I find out for myself pretty soon! But if you were a parent, would you hire an instrument even though it meant you wouldn't own it at the end? You know what kids are like, the majority of them will get bored and give up!