Assisted instrument purchase scheme - a guide for all UK students, parents and teachers

If you're a student, parent or teacher considering purchasing a Rath trombone for a student in the UK, you may be able to buy it without paying VAT?

The Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme (AIPS) was set up to enable students and parents to benefit from the fact that Local Education Authorities and some Music Services in the UK are VAT registered. The AIPS allows your school or music service to buy a trombone from us on your behalf. They then can claim back the VAT, leaving you just the net price of the instrument owing.

Why should I look at AIPS when buying an instrument?

Quite simply, the saving you make can be quite substantial and, obviously, the higher the initial price the more the saving. This Scheme is not restricted to the student class of trombone but to all of our instruments including the Custom range.

How successful is the AIPS?

The short answer is "very". The AIPS is a great way of making a Rath trombone more affordable. Over the time that we've been involved with the AIPS, we've dealt with orders from many students, parents and teachers. In total they've saved many thousands of pounds.

This sounds great. What do I need to do?

The first step is to contact us to arrange a visit to try out the different models and options that we have available. This is by far the best way of sorting out which specification is going to be right for you. You can call on 01484 660555, send an email to, or use our Contact page.

Once you've done that, you will need to speak to the school or music service to determine how they deal with instrument orders with AIPS. You should find the process very straightforward.

When you visit us we'll try out the various models and option combinations that are going to be suitable for you. Once you're happy with the final specification, we'll give you an order form to pass on to your AIPS contact at your school or music service.

At that point, we'll liaise with the school or music service and deal with the rest of the ordering process. We will get back in touch with you once your trombone is ready to arrange for collection or delivery.

What do I do next?

Contact us to arrange a visit to come to see us to try out our trombones, or call on 01484 660555 to talk about the AIPS and how it works. We'll be happy to discuss the AIPS in more detail with you.