How Much Does It Cost To Rent A Piano?
If you or someone in your home is learning to play the piano, but you are not sure if it is going to be long term or not, renting a piano may be a better option than purchasing. Piano rentals are widely available. Check your local yellow pages for piano rental companies in your area. The cost of your rental will be determined by the type of piano, the distance from the company, and the length of your rental.
How much is it to rent a piano?
- To rent an older upright piano, which would be perfect for a child just learning how to play, you will pay about $30 per month. This results in a yearly cost of $360. These fees won’t include the delivery, tuning and moving fees.
- Renting a higher quality upright piano will cost $50-$100 per month, which translates to a yearly cost of $$600-$1200 per year.
- If you wish to rent a grand piano, this will cost around $100-$150 per month, resulting in a yearly cost of $1800.
- One-time rentals can cost anywhere from $50-$200 depending on the event, type of piano, distance traveled, and length of the event.
- For example PianoRentals.com located in California offers many various packages that can start at $36 to as much as $150 per month. They offer a Kawai piano that can be rented for $36 per month. A bigger piano such as their Yamaha Baby Grand rents out for $89 to $149.
- Another company such as Amadeus Piano Co, Inc. have upright pianos that rent out for as low as $29.99 per month and baby grand pianos that start out at $99 per month.
What is going to be included?
- The things included in piano rental will vary by dealer. Some include a piano bench and the moving of the piano, but others may charge extra for these services.
- Some companies include the tuning of the piano in their rental price, since you are not the actually owner of the piano. Other companies charge extra for this service as well as dictate what company you must use to tune the piano. (Most likely theirs if they offer the service.)
- If a repair is required that is out of the renters control, the company will be able to replace it or fix it for free according to the agreement.
What are the extra costs?
- If the things listed above are not included, they will be extra costs.
- Most companies have a minimum rental agreement, such as 3 months. If you break your contract early, or discontinue the rental without sufficient notice, you will probably be charged a fee.
- Just as with any per-month payment, late payments will usually result in late fees.
- Additional tools such as learning material and a bench can be rented out as well.
- If a lesson is required, piano lessons are going to cost extra by an expert. See: “How much do piano lessons cost?“
- A tuning may be required by the manufacturer at least once a month. Additional tunings can cost anywhere from $15 to $30 extra.
- A moving fee may be an additional fee to consider. This moving fee can start at $50 go to as much as $500 depending upon the size, and can go up depending on the complexity of the move. For example, stairs can add more to the cost.
Tips to know:
- Renting a piano gives you the opportunity to test out a piano before you purchase one. If you want to purchase a piano in the future, renting one may be the way to go, just so that you can get a feel for it.
- Many rental companies may apply the rental payments toward the purchase of a newer piano. Each company is going to vary, so be sure to ask to see if a plan such as this is offered.
How can I save money?
- Many companies offer special discounts, such as the last month free if you sign up for one year in advance or a discount for referrals. Shop around at dealers in your area to find the best deal with the best incentives.