How Much Does Violin Rental Cost?
If you or your child are new to playing the violin, renting the instrument may be a better option than buying. This way, if the student decides that violin is not for them, you will not have wasted money on purchasing one. Another perk to renting rather than buying is that violins, as with many instruments, get better with age. A violin that has been played for many years will already be “broken in” and will have a great sound.
How much is it?
- Most music shops will have violins for rental for between $5-$30 per month. This price may depend on the quality of the instrument, the location, and the type of violin being rented.
- Common violin sizes are going to include sizes such as 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10, 1/16 and 1/32. Some of the factors that can greatly influence the overall rental price can include the age of the violin that is being rented, the arm length and the sizes as mentioned above.
- Some rentals fees can later be put toward purchasing the violin in question. For example, if you rent a violin at $10 a month for a year, the music shop may offer you $120 off the purchase of that violin.
- For example, ViolinRentals.com offers a wide array of choices for those that are looking to rent an instrument. Through their website, a customer can rent a violin that ranges from $9 to as much as $30 per month.
What are the extra costs?
- If you are renting the instrument in order to learn how to play, lessons or teach-yourself books will cost extra. See “How Much Do Violin Lessons Cost?”
- Some music shops may require a deposit which will be held until the term of the rental is complete. If there is any damage done to the violin, the deposit will not be returned.
- Upgrades can happen throughout the rental period. If the upgrade is for a violin that is more expensive than the one that is currently rented, additional fees will apply.
What is going to be included?
- Included in the cost of the rental should be basic maintenance. Since you do not own the instrument, the music shop should cover things like new strings, bows, or tuning.
- An extra pair of strings may come included depending on the shop.
- Before the violin is shipped out, the instrument will be professional tuned as well as come equipped with a case to protect it from any dings or scratches.
How can I save money?
- If you are taking lessons from a private tutor, he may have a violin available for you. This will most likely be cheaper than renting from a music shop.
- Some music shops may offer discounts such as rent for 11 months, get the 12th month free. Look for deals such as this in your local area.
- Check with music stores that may have the option to purchase after the rental period has been met. For example, some music stores may allow the customer to rent out a violin for a year or so and after that year is up, they can option to purchase the violin at a discounted price.