We recommend our popular Rental Drum Program for most beginner drummers. Most students in most classes take advantage of the drum rental instead of buying a drum before you know what you want or need in a drum.
Some students like to see how drumming will fit into their lives before they decide to buy a drum so this it the way to go. Also, in class, you will see many, many kinds of drums and see what seems to work for people in the real world. Also, good to note what the teacher plays and find out why.
This is how it works...
First, you must register for the class of your choice through the school where the class is held. Then, simply let us know before your drum class begins, buy email, phone or text, that you would like to rent a drum. We ask for your full name, email and phone number. Show up on time for your first class and your drum will be waiting for you!
You will be asked to fill out a simple rental drum form which will include a place for a credit card number and expiration date to secure the value of the drum and case. Each drum has a number and that will be included on the form also.
Every week, you will take your drum home with you, practice with it if you have time, and bring it with you to the next drum class. It is basically yours for the duration of the class. On the day of your last class, you may leave the drum and case with the teacher, sign off on the form and you are done!
Renting a quality drum is a smart way to go because it was built by us! it will easily give you the proper sounds that we will teach you how to play to make the traditional African, Cuban and Brazilian rhythms in class. Not all drums are created equal and over the 22 years we have been teaching Hand Drumming for Beginners in the various school systems, we have seen so many students show up with a ‘bad’ drum that does not work for them. It can be frustrating. Renting is smart!
Askikos: (recommended for rentals)
$50.- for a 7-8 week course.
$65.- for a 10 week course.
~ Ashikos will be picked up at your first class and left with the instructor on the last night of the semester.
Djembes: $120.- for a 7-10 week course (you may deduct this cost from a djembe purchase of a professional djmebe of $399 and up during the semester you are renting)
~ Djembes must be picked up at DrumConnection in Arlington, MA before the start of your course and returned there within a week after the course concludes.
You are responsible for the drum, strap and case for the duration of the rental. You are also responsible for returning the drum set-up to the last class. If you cannot make the last class, you must arrange a return of the drum rental set-up.
“I can’t return the drum at the last class!”
• Ask another student in your class to return it for you.
• Contact us (email or phone) and make arrangements for the return of the drum.
You may return drum set-ups to Arlington, MA at 3 locations:
• From 9-5, Mon-Fri to The Arlington Center for the Arts; 41 Foster Street; Arlington, MA 02474
• DrumConnection - 177 Mass Ave - Arlington, MA 02474 (HOURS) Mon - Sun: Noon - 6:00PM (open many nights too)
In all cases above, you must email or call us to tell us to go retrieve the drum. Then you will be all set. Thanks! Remember, if your drum is not returned within 2 weeks of the last day of class, your credit card will be charged the full value of the drum.
Returning your drum on time
If the ashiko drum set-up is not returned within two weeks of the last drum class, you will be charged the full amount of the cost of the drum, case and strap: $300.- for ashiko, $585.- for a djembe (approximate - see next text)
If the djembe drum set-up is not returned within one week of the last drum class, you will be charged the full amount of the cost of that drum, strap and case which would be between: $300 to $600.- depending on the specific djembe.
BUYING A NEW DRUM FROM DRUMCONNECTION
If you decide you want to purchase a drum from DrumConnection during the rental period, a portion of your rental cost will be deducted from the price of the new drum. At the end of the
course, a portion of the rental cost may be deducted from the cost of a new DrumConnection drum. The amount will be dependent on which drum you decide upon.