First Chair

Our First Chair Rental Program is an easy, affordable way to transition your student from a beginner instrument to one that will support their rapidly-increasing skills as a musician.

Building Enthusiasm & Commitment

If the student has been using their beginning instrument for a couple of years, a new First Chair Performance Instrument will bring them renewed excitement. Students get a better response from their performance instrument and practice more to see how good they can sound.

Better Sound & Advanced Features

Student instruments are built to be durable in the inexperienced hands of a beginning player. They are designed to give a wide range of beginning students the best chance at early success. However, the same features that help you in the beginning can start to inhibit skill development once a solid foundation is established. With more advanced instruments, manufacturers use materials and manufacturing techniques that allow advancing players to improve their tone and technique. Many of these additional features are not found on beginning/ learning models.

How do I exchange my beginning instrument for a First Chair instrument?

There are 4 convenient options for you to exchange your student level instrument for a more advanced level model.

1. Call Our Stores

Click to contact the Robert M. Sides location closest to you. Our staff will connect you with an associate who can explain rental and purchase options and review your rental credit balance (if applicable).

2. Email Us

You can always email us at [email protected]. Our staff will connect you with an associate who can explain rental and purchase options and review your rental credit balance (if applicable).

3. Visit our Stores

Click here to view our store locations. Your student will have the opportunity to play and compare First Chair instruments in a private setting. Appointments are encouraged but not required. Be sure to bring your instrument, mouthpiece and accessories with you!