INSTRUMENT HIRE AND PURCHASE
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.
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 a Direct Debit Bank Mandate to authorise a payment covering each school term, and this continues until the instrument is returned.
Hiring an Instrument requires two forms to be completed:
Please complete these in advance of your appointment and bring a copy of the Direct Debit mandate with you on the day. You will not be able to hire an instrument without doing so.
Instruments are issued and returned through the Ealing Music Service office in the Dominion Centre in Southall.
Attendance is by appointment only. Please click here to make an appointment.
|Instruments for Hire
|Djembe, Tabla, Viola, Violin
|Cello, Clarinet, Cornet, Flute, Saxophone (Alto), Santoor, Sitar, Trumpet, Trombone
|Bassoon, Double Bass, French Horn, Oboe
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
Once students are playing a full-size instrument or simply want an instrument of their own, EMS can help students purchase instruments through the government-backed Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme (AIPS).
AIPS allows for families with children receiving a state education – attending a local authority-run school or academy OR taught by EMS teachers OR participating in an EMS orchestra or ensemble – to purchase instruments and accessories (reeds, rosin, strings, etc.) ‘ex-VAT’. At current rates, this represents a discount of 20% off regular retail list prices.
EMS can also assist with purchases made through a retailer however this must be arranged before you buy the instrument, as effectively EMS buys the instrument on your behalf and you then pay EMS for the instrument the cost of the instrument, ‘ex, VAT’. An administration fee is charged for this.
EMS strongly recommends you speak with your child’s instrument teacher for advice before purchasing an instrument.