Student Instrument Rental Scheme

Our Student Rental Scheme has been running for over 40 years and provides a tried and tested alternative to buying an instrument.  We have a large selection of violins, violas, cellos and double basses available to hire in all sizes and varying qualities to suit all standards of player.  It is straight forward to set up the instrument rental in the shop but if you live further away please see our Online Rental Page

All of our rental instruments are set up and checked in our workshop to ensure optimum playability and are supplied with a case, bow and rosin.

There is no contract so you may rent one of our instruments for as little or as long as you like.  The monthly rental fee is paid by Direct Debit which is set up in the shop when you collect your instrument.  The monthly cost remains the same if you need to exchange your rental instrument for a different size of comparable quality.  However, if you wish to progress to one of our more expensive instruments there will be an additional cost reflecting the value of the instrument.

Your student rental includes the cost of replacement strings, bow rehairs and general wear and tear.  For a small additional monthly cost we offer an extended maintenance scheme which covers the cost of any damage or repair and carries an excess of £35 per repair.  In the event of loss or theft we do recommend that the instrument is covered by a household or specialist musical instrument insurance policy.

You may end the rental agreement at any time by returning the instrument to the shop.

Monthly Rental Prices

Violin  (1/32 – 4/4)      From £8.50 per month.    £1 for extended maintenance
Viola 
(from 12” LOB)    From £10.00 per month.    £1 for extended maintenance
Cello 
(1/16 – 4/4)     From £22.50 per month.   £1.50 for extended maintenance
Double Bass  
(1/16 – 4/4)   From £45 per month.   £2.50 for extended maintenance 

Please see the full Terms and Conditions


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: office@thwaites.com or simply Contact us.