INSTRUMENT HIRE

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EMS offers comprehensive instrument hire and purchase services for pupils and students living in Ealing or attending Ealing schools.

For pupils starting a new instrument, it makes sense to start with a hired instrument, especially for younger children who might start with scaled-down string instruments and work their way up to the full-size instruments as they grow.

Hire, Return or Exchange an Instrument.

To hire, return or exchange an instrument, please Book an Appointment.

  • If an instrument is not listed on the booking form, it is out of stock and unavailable for hire. An up-to-date stock list can be found at the top of this page.

  • Appointments can be booked up to 28 days in advance and are allocated on a first come first serve basis. New available dates will populate automatically.

  • Attendance is by appointment only. The EMS Offices at the Dominion centre are closed to the public outside appointment hours.

Once you have booked an appointment, please complete the Instrument Hire Contract.

  • Please complete the Instrument Hire Contract in advance of your appointment as you will not be able to hire an instrument without doing so.

  • Payment for instrument hires is by Direct Debit, with payments managed by Ealing Corporate Collections.

  • The Instrument Hire Contract authorises a payment covering each school term, and this continues until the instrument is returned.

  • Instrument hire rates can be found in the table below.

Instrument Hire Rates

EMS hires instruments at the highly subsidised rates shown in the table below. Instruments are hired on a school term basis, the hire charge covering the current school term plus the following holiday period and two weeks into the following term to allow for returns. After this period the hire charge for the following term will fall due.

Payment for instrument hires is by Direct Debit, with payments managed by Ealing Corporate Collections. The hirer completes an Instrument Hire Contract to authorise a payment covering each school term, and this continues until the instrument is returned.

Instruments for Hire Termly Charge
2022/23
Termly Charge
2023/24
Djembe, Tabla, Viola, Violin £23 £24
Cello, Clarinet, Cornet, Flute, Saxophone (Alto), Santoor, Sitar, Trumpet, Trombone £28 £29
Bassoon, Double Bass, French Horn, Oboe £37 £38

Please note that EMS does not hire Guitars, Recorders or Ukuleles as it is cheaper to buy those outright.

For advice on buying a guitar, please see EMS416 Advice on buying a Guitar for Beginners.pdf

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Choosing and Caring for your Instrument

Choosing an instrument to learn can be quite daunting. Parents might consider type of instrument (wind, strings, brass, percussion, etc., ) and what type of ensemble – group, band or orchestra – their child might enjoy  playing in (ome instruments are perfectly suited to playing alone; others are at their best when playing as part of a group). However, what is most important is that it is an instrument that excites and stimulates their child, so that practice at home, playing with others and music-making in general is a pleasure  that becomes part of their life. For more advice see Choosing an Instrument

Brass and woodwind instruments have standard sizes however String instruments – Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass – come in different sizes.

If you are hiring a stringed instrument, please bring the child with you when you collect the instrument so we can ensure you are offered the right size instrument .

If this is not possible, then you will need to know the length of your child’s outstretched arm from neck to wrist.

As children grow they will need to move on to a larger sized instrument – their instrument teacher will advise on this – at which point hirers can simply return the instrument and exchange it for the next size up. There is no charge for this.

Hirers are required to care for their instruments and return them in the same condition as they were hire.

‘Fair wear and tear’ is allowed for – chips to varnish, worn pads, etc. HOWEVER the hirer is liable for the full cost of any repairs required to enable the instrument to be rehired, and the full cost of replacement if the instrument is lost.

EMS DOES NOT insure instruments on hire; accordingly it is the hirers responsibility to insure the instrument.

The simplest way to insure an instrument is through a home contents or renters insurance policy. We recommend that Hirers check if this is possible (you may need to add the instrument as a named item). Alternatively, companies which offer instrument insurance include:

How to Look After your Instrument

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