Services : Rentals


In addition to selling and repairing musical instruments, we also rent instruments to local customers.

We rent School Band & Orchestra Instruments through the Music & Arts Center program: Click here for more information and to rent online!

We also rent P.A. systems and sound equipment, with or without sound engineer (contact us with your inquiry).

The following instruments are available for rent through our direct store rental program:

  • 5-string Banjos -- various openback & resonator
  • 4-string Tenor Banjo -- Irish tuning
  • Button Accordion -- 3-row GCF Chinese made
  • Concertina -- 20-button Anglo & 48-button English
  • Folk Harps -- Folkcraft 22-string Erin (no sharping levers) and Dusty Strings 26-string Ravenna (partial sharping levers)
  • Hammered Dulcimers -- Dusty Strings Apprentice (12/11)
  • Guitars -- various steel-string and nylon string, acoustic-electric option
  • Mandolins -- A-style and F-style 
  • Piano Accordions -- 120-bass, 96-bass, 48-bass & 16-bass

We sometimes have a waiting list for rental instruments, so contact us to check availability before coming in.

We occasionally do short-term rentals on other types of instruments. Contact us with your needs. 

Rental Terms

(NOTE: these terms do not apply to Music and Arts Center school band instrument rentals)

  • Fee: $60.00 plus Maryland state sales tax
  • Rental period: 2 months. Shorter rentals may be possible at a lower rate; please contact us for details. The 2-month rental period is designed for new players to try out an instrument and decide whether they want to purchase that type of instrument. If you wish, you may re-rent for another two months if we don't have anyone on a waiting list. However, $60.00 is the maximum rental credit that can be applied toward purchase (this is not a rent-to-own program).
  • Rental fee may be applied towards purchase of the same type of instrument (i.e. if you rent a guitar, you can only use your credit towards purchasing a guitar). Generally, rental instruments are not available for sale; you would purchase any other instrument we have in stock.
  • Credit card required for security against the instrument. We do not charge your credit card, but we make a manual imprint of it for the value of the instrument. This imprint is destroyed when you return the instrument in good condition. If you do not have a credit card, we can accept a cash deposit for the value of the instrument..
  • State-issued ID required at time of rental

For further information on the HMT Rental Program, please contact us via email or call 301-270-9090. 

Rental Credit Details:

  • Credit valid within 2 months of rental return, towards the same type of instrument.
  • Rental instruments are not for sale.

Damage, Repairs and Late Fees:

If your rental instrument is not functioning properly due to a defect with the instrument, bring it back and we will repair the instrument or give you a different one. Customer will be held liable for damage due to accident, misuse or neglect. "Normal wear & tear," such as light scratches on the finish, is not considered damage.

Late fees accumulate at a rate of $2 per day if the instrument is not returned by the due date on your contract. If you discover you will have a problem returning the instrument by the due date, please contact us to work something out.

 


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 Monthly Rental Rates:

 

Group A Instruments:

- $28.99 + tax per month (optional Liability Damage Waiver $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. 

    Group B Instruments:

    - $42.99 + tax per month (optional Liability Damage Waiver $8.99 per month)

     

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

     

  • * 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: Sign up for EZ-PAY (monthly payments charged to your credit card) and no security deposit is required, plus no monthly statement fee. 

    Group C Instruments:

    - $69.99 + tax per month (optional Liability Damage Waiver $11.99/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: Sign up for EZ-PAY (monthly payments charged to your credit card) and no security deposit is required, plus no monthly statement fee.

    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 state-issued ID (drivers license, passport or military ID).
  • If you agree to sign up for EZ-Pay (monthly payments charged automatically to your credit card), there is no security deposit required. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Amex, and debit cards with Visa/MC logo are accepted. Credit card must be in the name of the person signing the contract.
  • If you do not have a credit card in your name or do not wish to sign up for EZ-Pay, a security deposit will be required ($125 for Group A instruments; $225 for Group B & C instruments). Deposit can be paid by cash, check or credit card at the time of initial rental. Deposits are refunded by Music & Arts Center a few weeks after you return the rental (after it has gone through processing at their warehouse). If you choose to purchase your instrument, the security deposit applies towards the price. Accounts not on EZ-Pay are also billed a $1.25/month statement fee.

     

    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.

    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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