THE PAST WEEK has been a bit crazy at Second String Music, especially in the afternoons. It's school band instrument rental season, and the Quincy Public Schools compressed things this year, so it's been nuts.
Last year, with Boyd Music, we rented a lot of instruments, but parents had until the end of October. This year we've already rented the same amount, and students are supposed to have instruments by the end of this week. As usual we'll have stragglers coming in the rest of the month. It's hard to tell if we are ahead or behind, or right on schedule. When the school compresses the time frame our record keeping is suspect.
Regardless, it's been really busy. Thank goodness for Boyd Music, and for Steve Rees, who's been a huge help. Most of the time parents who come in are not familiar with the process, and we'd like to think we make it easy and to the point.
Our instruments are approved by the schools (don't let the outdated brand list they send out fool you). Maintenance is included. You pay for your first two months and get a month free, so your child has basically 90 days to see if they want to continue. If not, you simply bring the instrument back and you are good to go. If your child sticks with it you own the instrument, in most cases, after two years.
We are here from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week, and 10 to 4 on Saturday. Come see us!