The Madness of Rental Season

Posted on September 12, 2013


Back to school season is crazy for everyone. Whether you are a student or a parent, a teacher, administrator, or retailer, the end of August tends to bring on a mad rush of endless to-do-lists, expenses, and Tetris-like scheduling puzzles. But it’s not all stress and logistics. When I was a student, it was the most exciting time of year. I couldn’t wait to meet back up with all my friends and teachers, delve in to my new classes, and turn my mind back on after the delicious mental laziness of summer. The end of vacation brought on a tangible eagerness to get back to school. I was bored, but more importantly, I missed the togetherness that school fosters.


Dwindling supply of paper cranes.

Here at High Strung, August and September are our busiest months of the year, as all the families with students in strings programs come in to get fitted with their first bowed instrument, or with the next size up. High Strung staff works long hours to make “Rental Season,” (as we call it), run as smoothly as possible for our customers. Damon Walker and Lee Raymond, our luthiers, can be found at the bench, making new bridges, adjusting soundposts and pegs, and restringing violins, violas, and cellos to get them ready for their new players. Those of us who spend most of our time on the floor can be found reciting our rental policies with practiced precision, introducing the somewhat intimidating world of bowed instruments to parents of young players. Behind the scenes, we spend our summers communicating with the strings teachers, finding out what books they will be teaching and what accessories they will require for the coming year. We have spent the last several years steadily improving the quality of our rental fleet, guaranteeing you an instrument your teacher will be pleased to have in class.


Rental season supplies.

Once it all winds down, we hope that all the strings classrooms of Durham and Chapel Hill are filled with happy students playing good instruments, and teachers resting assured that they won’t have to struggle to pull their orchestras together.


Damon Walker finishing up a rental violin setup.

And come spring, we’ll all get to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

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