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School Band & Orchestra Rentals

During the public health emergency when we are required to be closed to the public, we recommend following the link below to rent online and choosing the ship-to-home option. NEMC (our fulfillment partner) will ship your instrument directly to your home.

School Band and Orchestra Instruments:

We have partnered with the National Educational Musical Company (NEMC) to bring you a competitive rental program with high quality, name-brand instruments for band and orchestra. Read on for more details, or click here to begin your rental online!


If you are looking to purchase an instrument outright, we also have some used student instruments available which you will see below.

Our band & orchestra instrument rentals are month-to-month. If you do not return the instrument at the end of your first month, your rental continues automatically on a monthly basis. You may rent-to-own or return at any time. We recommend setting up your account with automatic monthly payments on your credit card to make this easy.

Here are our current rates and available instruments under this program:

Group 1:
$29 per month (plus tax). Optional Damage Waiver: $6 per month.
- clarinet (plastic)
- flute (open-hole available by special request)
- Bb trumpet
- trombone
- bell kit
- snare drum kit
- bell + snare kit
- violin (1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4)
- viola (12", 13", 14", 15", 15.5", 16", 16.5")

Group 2: 
$43 per month . Optional Damage Waiver: $8 per month.
- alto saxophone
- oboe
- cello (1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4)

Group 3: 
$69 per month. Optional Damage Waiver: $10 per month.
- tenor saxophone
- French horn (single)
- baritone horn

We highly recommend completing your rental paperwork online! Click here to begin. It's fast and easy and will help you avoid long waits during the busy rental season. Please wait for email or phone confirmation from House of Musical Traditions that your rental is ready to pick up before coming to the store. Most online rentals are filled within 24 hours or less. If we are out of stock on an instrument or need to special-order it from our supply warehouse, it may take up to 3 business days.You will also be able to manage your account online (updating credit card on file, checking your payoff balance, making exchange requests, etc).

Damage Waiver:
This is an optional addition but highly recommended especially for student rentals. Customers with damage waiver will have repairs costs covered due to accidental damage, regular maintenance issues or manufacturing defect. Without damage waiver, the customer is responsible for all repair costs (usually a minimum of $50).

All rental payments will go towards the instrument's purchase price, and a significant early payoff discount is offered. You may also return the instrument at any point without penalty, so you are not locked into purchasing the instrument. We recommend continuing to rent over the summer break - not only will your student be able to continue practicing (which is important!), but you will continue to accumulate rental credit towards purchase. Once you return, you would start over on a new contract if you rent again.

Credit requirements:
We require a state-issued ID such as a drivers license, and a major credit card (debit with Visa/MC logo OK) for rentals.

Violins, violas and cellos can be exchanged at any time for a different size as your child grows, and 100% of your rental payments will transfer to the new instrument. For all other instruments, you may exchange to any other instrument type within the first 12 months of rental (a nominal exchange fee applies), and 100% of your rental credit will transfer to the new instruments. The following exchanges have a 24-month exchange window: clarinet to alto sax, alto sax to tenor sax, and violin to viola.
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