London, UK (PRWEB) June 20, 2006
One of the greatest challenges for any school or music college is not, surprisingly, the acquisition of musical instruments for their pupils but the headache of on-going maintenance. The innovative online retailer of fine instruments, Vivace Violin,(http://www.vivaceviolin.com), has today launched a cost effective and manageable solution for the supply and maintenance of good quality student stringed instruments.
A number of government initiatives have been put in place to enable schools and colleges, principally within inner city locations, to offer the option of increasing musical awareness for younger students. Part funded schemes such as the government backed SoundStart program have already proved these initiatives feasible but many educational establishments and authorities have found that the real challenge is not only the funding of capital purchase but, perhaps more importantly, managing the cost and hassle of on-going maintenance.
“We have already been involved with a number of the government backed initiatives, including the SoundStart programme,” states Paul Reeve, a founding director of Vivace Violin and responsible for the introduction of the new initiative, “but one of the major problems we noticed was that schools and colleges very rarely have either the resources or skills to maintain a pool of instruments. This can cause a considerable overhead for already stretched resources so it was clear that help was needed.”
It is a well known fact that students and stringed instruments are not always a perfect combination and it is unusual for instruments to be treated with the degree of care required. As such breakages are a relatively common occurrence this can be a significant headache for schools to manage. Repairs, typically, have to be undertaken by qualified third parties and strings, bows, cases etc replaced from already allocated budgets by staff that are normally already fully committed to maintaining the curriculum.
Vivace Violins’ new initiative eliminates these concerns and provides a fully managed service at an affordable price, only marginally higher than a traditional rental model. Starting from as low as £2 per week for a violin. Vivace Violin will manage all aspects of maintaining an instrument pool, including the burden of administration and logistics.
The business has drawn on Reeve’s background in the IT services sector, where the concept of a managed service is already well understood. “The existing models of either outright purchase or rental were clearly not working for the vast majority,” Reeve states. “We were aware of the need from our customers and it is our belief that ensuring an instrument is enjoyable to play helps to promote continued learning and allows the student to achieve their full potential. We have developed this scheme specifically to make the process as pain free and affordable as possible, whilst giving the student a quality experience of music.”
Vivace Violin http://www.vivaceviolin.com is an online retailer specialising in the sale of fine string instruments, accessories and bows and is headquartered in London, UK.