Student Rentals


School Band and Orchestra Instruments:

For over 25 years, we have partnered with Music & Arts Center to bring you high-quality band & orchestra instrument rentals at affordable and competitive rates. See the current rates listed below. You can fill out all your paperwork online ahead of time: click here to start an online rental through Music & Arts' system. You may pick up your instrument at our store after receiving our confirmation, or have it shipped to your home for an additional cost.  

Our rental department hours are 11:00 am - 6:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 11:00 am - 4:30 pm Sunday & Monday.

You may want to contact us first to check availability on your instrument. Please note -- if doing an online rental, you must wait to receive confirmation from HMT that your instrument is ready to be picked up. This is often same-day, but can be longer depending on when we receive your request through the system, and the instrument's availability.

If you wish to rent a violin, viola or cello and your child's teacher has not indicated what size they will need, please bring your child with you when you come to rent so we can measure them for the correct size. 

Save time and avoid the lines during the peak of school rental season! You can now rent online through Music & Arts Center's website and pick up your instrument at our store. (or shipped to your home at additional cost). If you are renting an instrument that requires a credit check (see below), this is all done quickly online. 

To rent online, follow the link below to get started. Please note, you must wait to receive confirmation from HMT that your instrument is ready to be picked up. This may take up to 24-48 hours; occasionally longer if we do not have the instrument in stock you requested.

Click here to rent online!

If you have any problems completing your online rental, we'll be happy to assist you in the store. Our rental department hours are 11:00 am - 6:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 11:00 am - 4:30 pm Sunday & Monday.


 

Current Rental Rates:

Initial rental is for either a 3-month or 9-month trial period. The 9-month trial offers the lowest overall cost for the school year, but the 3-month trial is a great choice if you're not sure if your student will continue with their instrument for the entire school year (it also offers the lowest up-front cost). There is no refund if you return before the end of the trial period. After the initial trial period, your rental automatically goes to a monthly payment until you return the instrument to us.

Please note if doing an online rental: the 9-month trial period option is only offered to customers with a Montgomery County (MD) zip code. If you want the 9-month trial period and reside outside of Montgomery County, please do your rental in person at our shop to get this rate.

Group A Instruments:

- $19.99 + tax for 3 month trial (optional Liability Damage Waiver $20.97)

OR

- $99.99 + tax for 9 month trial (optional Liability Damage Waiver $39.99)

Monthly rate after trial: $28.99 plus optional LDW, $6.99/month 

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Trumpet
  • Cornet
  • Trombone
  • Snare Drum Kit
  • Bell Kit
  • Percussion Learning Kit (Snare + Bells)
  • Violin (*1/16, *1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 4/4)
  • Viola (*11-inch, 12-inch, 13-inch, 14-inch, 15-inch, *15.5-inch, *16-inch, *16.5-inch)

  • * These instruments are generally not stocked at our store, but are available by special request, most within a few days. You may confirm a request by completing an online rental at musicarts.com/rentals?aid=0045.

    Credit Requirements for Group A: Sign up for EZ-PAY (monthly payments charged to your credit card) and no security deposit is required, plus no monthly statement fee. If renting more than one instrument at a time, a credit check is required (security deposit may apply). 

    Group B Instruments:

    - $39.99 + tax for 3 month trial (optional Liability Damage Waiver $26.97)

    OR

    - $189.99 + tax for 9 month trial (optional Liability Damage Waiver $59.99)

    Monthly rate after trial: $42.99 plus optional LDW, $8.99/month

  • Alto Sax
  • Cello (*1/10, *1/18, *1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 4/4)
  • Oboe - ($49.99 for 3 month trial, $49.99 per month afterward).

     

  • * These instruments are generally not stocked at our store, but are available by special request, most within a few days. You may confirm a request by completing an online rental at musicarts.com/rentals?aid=0045.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Credit requirements for Group B: Credit check (through Music & Arts Center's credit department) is required for alto sax and oboe. Based on your credit history, a security deposit of $225 or more may be required. For cellos, no credit check or security deposit is required if you sign up for EZ-Pay (monthly payments charged to your credit card). 

     

    Group C Instruments:

    - $59.99 + tax for 3 month trial (optional Liability Damage Waiver $35.97)

    OR

    - $259.99 + tax for 9 month trial (optional Liability Damage Waiver $69.99)

    Monthly rate after trial: $69.99 plus optional LDW, $6.99/month

  • Tenor Saxophone
  • *Baritone Horn (3/4 or 4/4)
  • *Euphonium
  • *French Horn (single valve only)
  • *Piccolo
  • *Bass Clarinet
  • *String Bass (1/2, 3/4)
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    * These instruments are generally not stocked at our store, but are available by special request, most within a few days. You may confirm a request by completing an online rental at musicarts.com/rentals?aid=0045.

     

     

     

     

    Credit requirements for Group C: Credit check (through Music & Arts Center's credit department) is required. Based on your credit history, a security deposit of $225 or more may be required.


    Quality
    We only rent instruments of respected brands that have been approved by music educators' associations. Most rental instruments have been rented a total of one time, and go through a vigorous inspection process (including new mouthpiece for wind/brass instruments) before they are rented again. Brand-new instruments may also be available for rental, depending on stock.

    Payment
    Payment for your initial rental period is due at the time of rental, by credit card, check or cash. We recommend signing up for EZ-PAY (automatic payments on your credit card) for future monthly payments. If you do not sign up for EZ-PAY, a $1.25/month statement fee applies. In this case you may mail check or credit card payments to Music & Arts Center each month, or you may come to our store to pay in cash.

    Credit requirements
  • You must present a valid credit card in your name (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Amex. Debit cards are accepted as long as they have a Visa/MC logo). You must also present a valid state-issued ID (drivers license, passport or military ID).
  • For Group A Instruments, there is no credit check or security deposit required if you sign up for EZ-PAY. If you are renting 2 or more Group A Instruments at a time, we are required to run a credit check through Music & Arts' credit department. A security deposit may be required in this case, based on your credit history.
  • For Group B & C Instruments, a credit check is required (except for cellos). Depending on your credit history, a security deposit of $225 or more may be required. If you complete your rental contract online, the credit check process is included (saves time!).

     

    Rent-to-own
    All rental payments you make will go towards the purchase price of your instrument. Early purchase discounts are offered if you pay off your instrument before the end of your contract (usually 2-3 years). However, you are never under any obligation to purchase, and have the option to return your instrument at any time, without penalty. If your child is continuing their instrument the following school year, we recommend keeping it over the summer so that you don't lose any accumulated rental credit (and to keep your child practicing!). If you are interested in purchasing a higher-level instrument, "step up" options are available within the first year of your rental.

    We also have some less expensive orchestral and band instruments for outright purchase, which you can see listed below (also, any Music & Arts rental instrument can be purchased outright at a 30% discount). Though we highly recommend renting for beginning students, in some situations it can make more sense to purchase an instrument outright. Stop in or contact us and we'll be happy to help you choose what best meets you and your child's needs.

    Exchanges
    Stringed instruments come in different sizes, and you may trade up for larger sizes as your child grows. All your rental credit will transfer to the larger instrument. If you or your child wish to switch to a different type of instrument, you may do so as long as the instrument you're exchanging to is of greater value.

    Liability Damage Waiver & Repairs
    A Liability Damage Waiver (LDW) is available to add for an additional monthly fee on all rental instruments. We highly recommend adding the LDW, especially if the rental is for a child who will be taking it back and forth to school. LDW will cover nearly all repair costs & routine maintenance issues, as well as theft (if a police report is filed). In most cases, it will also entitle you to get a loaner instrument while yours is in the repair shop. If you do not choose to add LDW, you will be responsible to pay for repairs or damage to the instrument.

     


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