Musical instruments - Rent to Buy
Your questions answered
Yes. Unless otherwise stated the instruments from us are brand new. We also have pre-owned instruments regularly available for Rent to Buy.
Yes. Provided you have paid at least four monthly instalments, you should contact us
to arrange to return the instrument (at your own expense) to Duet Group, Bank House, Bank Street, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1BX.
When we have received the instrument, we’ll check it for any damage beyond normal wear and tear.
Once satisfied, we will cancel the agreement and you won’t need to pay anything more.
Yes. Perhaps you’ve grown out of your instrument and need to upgrade to a different size or model,
or have decided to give up one instrument and learn another. Either way, we’ll need to cancel the first agreement and start a new one.
Provided you’ve completed at least four instalment payments,
simply follow the instructions above for cancelling and return the instrument to us.
Yes, all the instruments that leave our warehouse are set up and ready to play unless otherwise stated in the product description.
When you order an orchestral string instrument from the Duet Shop each violin, cello, viola or bass is individually prepared by our resident technician
before we ship. This includes fitting the bridge, sound post and pegs. We apply rosin to the bow, and check and grease string adjusters.
When necessary we shoot (level) the fingerboard to make sure that your instrument plays easily - especially important for beginners and young children.
We also usually loosen the strings before sending in order to protect the instrument from sustaining damage whilst in the hands of our couriers.
We do our best to ensure that when you receive your instrument it is ready to play from the box, so please be aware that the box will have been opened prior to delivery.
No, unfortunately we do not offer short term or event plans.
The cost of every instrument and accessory can be split over a choice of 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months.
Alternatively, if you've paid at least four monthly instalments you can send it back to us.
Yes, we deliver our instruments all across the UK, including Northern Ireland.
For most instruments the cost of delivery is included.
However, please be aware that there may be additional charges to piano, timpani, and some other bulky items delivery.
Don’t worry, we have access to a huge range of instruments and accessories so don't hesitate to give us a call,
send us an email, or use the livechat with details of the item you're searching for.
Yes, of course! Just give our Customer Service team a call on 01233 896822 and they’d be delighted to help.
Yes, this is fine. Call our Customer Service team on 01233 896822 for advice.
If your instrument gets damaged, you should take it to your local music shop for an assessment. It’s up to you to pay for any repairs. We won’t accept damaged goods should you wish to return your instrument and cancel the contract early, so if you’re not planning to buy it outright, make sure any instrument repairs are performed by a professional!
It is your responsibility to insure your instruments, but don’t panic - most will be covered by your house contents insurance. If you plan to return the instrument, bear in mind that the contract can only be cancelled once we have received it and checked it for damage. So, if it’s lost, stolen, or damaged beyond repair you will still have to pay us for the whole term.
Contact our helpful Customer Service team - they'll be happy to answer any questions about our service you may have.
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