I'm going to be spending a week in Rome in November and was considering the possibility of renting an instrument from the shop of Claude Lebet. Although my family and I will be staying at one place the entire week, with an 18 hour layover in Paris (yay!) on the return home, I am reluctant to cart my violin around so much, particularly since we will take public transportation and/or walk to our overnight destinations (and I have an 8 yr old to watch after). (My concerns are not so much security as the cumbersome nature of it.)
Has anyone rented an instrument in the foreign city they are staying in? Has anyone ever been to Claude Lebet's shop (in the Piazza de' Ricci)? The shop, apparently well-regarded, is in an 18th(?) century palazzo, so it would be fun to go check it out, regardless, but I'm a bit shy in foreign countries where I speak the language at the level of a preschool child. So, renting a violin would be a fun way to get myself into the shop and spend some time there.
Would appreciate anyone's comments, advice and/or musings on their own similar experience.
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