I do not think it’s unreasonable to inquire as to whether someone is willing to rent a harp that they own at a “discounted” price because she is trying to finance their music education on her own. While I agree that the prices are most likely reasonable, it’s not always the case. I rented a bassoon while in college for $250 for 6 months and Bassoons can cost just as much as a Pedal Harp. So, it just depends on who is renting to you and perhaps they’re happy just to have income coming in from something that was sitting on a shelf. The economy is rough these day and someone who has a harp that they’re either not using or an extra harp might be interested in making a little money. The situation has to be right but it’s not an impossible situation. The young lady did not ask for someone to lend him a harp for free. It sounds a bit critical if we were to question her search simply because her parents won’t or are unable to finance her pursuits. I can understand this as the harp is the first instrument I wanted to learn to play, yet my mother was a single parent and harps weren’t easy to come by for rental 20 years ago. So, I had to choose another instrument.