My 8 year old started violin lessons this summer and so far he is progressing nicely. I rented a 1/10 size violin for about 5 months and we recently upgraded to 1/8 size. For now, we are still renting and the cost is $45 per month. In a few years, that is really going to add up, so at some point it certainly makes sense to buy.
Here's my predicament and what I wanted to get feedback about. As you know, kids will grow and as they do, they need bigger violins. I assume my son will go through all the sizes: 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 4/4 -- 5 sizes in all.
The local shop that we are working with offers a trade up policy, and here's how it works. For my son's 1/8 size violin, the cost is $1125. Now, here's the fine print. When trading up to the next size, they only consider the value of the violin, which is $750, then they subtract $200 from that for a trade up value of $550. Basically, the bow and case become useless and I am stuck with it. So, if I spend $1125 to buy a 1/8 violin, I only get $550 trade up value, a net loss of $575 just to do the transaction. I wouldn't have a problem if it was a one time deal, but after going through 5 sizes, that is quite a bit of money. I know the shop has to make money, but I was wondering if policy is the norm? I also hate the idea that I will be stuck with4 useless cases and bows by the time my son reaches a full size violin.
Thoughts and comments would be appreciated.
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