Student Instrument Rental

Here at Thwaites, we understand that buying an instrument can be a big decision and our Student Rental scheme provides an alternative. We have a large selection of rental violins, violas, cellos & double basses available to hire in all sizes and qualities so as to ensure you find the most suitable. Our tried and tested rental scheme has been running for over 40 years so you can rent with confidence from us. We are close to London and the Home Counties, but we cover all of mainland UK!

All of our rental instruments are carefully set up on our premises where we carry out necessary work including adjustments to pegs, sound posts and bridges to bring the instruments up to our exacting standards and are supplied as outfits with a case, bow and rosin.

There is no contract – you may rent for as little or as long as you like. The cost of your student rental remains the same even if you swap for a different size. You may upgrade to a more expensive instrument at additional cost. If and when you decide that you do not want to hire any more, cancel your direct debit or standing order and return the instrument to us.

Student rental  instruments are maintained free of charge. Our basic level includes the cost of replacement strings, general wear and tear and bow re-hairs. Extended maintenance* covers the cost of any damage or repair and is an option at additional cost.


Violin Hire (1/32-4/4 Incl. 7/8) From £8.00 per month-Add £1 for extended maintenance*
Viola Hire 
(From 12” LOB) From £10.50 per month-Add £1 for extended maintenance*
Cello Hire 
(1/16-4/4 Incl. 7/8) From £20.00 per month-Add £1.50 for extended maintenance*
Double Bass & Mini Bass Hire 
(From 1/16) From £40 per month-Add £2.50 for extended maintenance*

* There is an excess of £35 with extended maintenance. Extended Maintenance is not applicable to instruments ordered online.

You are now able to order your rental instrument online! Please go to our Online Rental Page.

If you are a professional musician or are interested in hiring an instrument for a specific event, please go to our Professional Hire page or simply Contact Us with your enquiry.

If you have any other queries regarding our student hires, please contact Mrs Kathy Miller via e-mail: or simply Contact us.