Instrument Rentals in Washington, DC

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Musical Instrument Rentals

We rent top-quality student level instruments on a month-to-month basis. The instruments are cleaned and checked thoroughly between all rentals, and come with everything you need to get started. There is no minimum commitment, and there are no cancellation fees. When you’re done playing the instrument, simply return it. Complete this form to get started.

We Offer:

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Trumpet & Trombone
  • Snare & Bell
  • Violin, Viola & Cello
  • Sax (Alto/Tenor)

Rent to Own

All Middle C Music rental instruments are built on a Rent-to-Own system; after renting an instrument for a certain amount of time, you will own it! Alternatively, you are allowed to apply equity you have built in your rental instrument toward the price of a brand new Step-Up or Professional level instrument of the same type (i.e. can apply equity in a trumpet toward a Step-Up trumpet, but not a Step-Up flute).

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Instruments We Rent

We currently rent the following instruments and brands:

Flute (Standard and Curved Head)Armstrong, Azumi, Jupiter
ClarinetLeblanc, Jupiter
Alto SaxophoneAntigua, Cannonball, Eastman, Jupiter
Tenor saxophoneCannonball, Jupiter
TrumpetBlessing, Conn, King, Jupiter
TromboneConn, King, Jupiter
Snare/Bell KitLudwig, Mapex, Rogers
Violin (1/16th – Full Size)Eastman, Glaesel, Scherl & Roth
ViolaEastman, Glaesel, Scherl & Roth
Cello (1/2 – Full Size)Eastman, Glaesel, Scherl & Roth

Monthly Fee Structure

Most instruments we rent cost $31.50 per month (Saxophone and Cello being the exception. See below). The largest portion of your rental payment goes toward the principal on your rent-to-own balance, while the other parts go toward tax and a liability and damage waiver (LDW) which covers problems that arise through normal wear and tear; problems due to negligence and abuse are not covered by the LDW.

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Instrument TypeBase FeeLDWTaxMonthly Total
All instruments (except saxophone and cello)$25.00$5.00$1.50$31.50
Alto Saxophone$39.00$15.00$2.34$56.34
Tenor Saxophone $59.00$15.00$3.54$77.54
All instruments (except sax & cello)Base Fee – $25.00LDW – $5.00Tax – $1.50Total – $31.50
Alto SaxophoneBase Fee – $39.00LDW – $15.00Tax – $2.34Total – $56.34
CelloBase Fee – $15.00LDW – $15.00Tax – $2.82Total – $66.94
Tenor Saxophone Base Fee – $15.00LDW – $15.00Tax – $3.54Total – $77.54

Violin Size Chart

5-7 years1/4 size
7-9 years1/2 size
9-12 years3/4 size
12 years+full size

Cello Size Chart

7-11 years1/2 size
9-12 years3/4 size
12 years+full size

Instrument Rental FAQs


What is the cost of renting a musical instrument?

The rental cost varies depending on the type of instrument. With the exception of the cello and saxophone, all instruments have a base fee of $25, plus an additional $5 for LDW, $1.5 for tax, and a total of $31.5 per month.

How much is it to rent a saxophone?

The rental cost for a saxophone depends on the type. Renting an alto saxophone has a base fee of $39, plus $15 for LDW, $2.34 for tax, and a total of $56.34 per month. Renting a tenor saxophone has a base fee of $59, plus $15 for LDW, $3.54 for tax, and a total of $77.54 per month.

Can you rent instruments?

Yes, you can rent a variety of instruments at Middle C Music! We offer instrument rentals and rent-to-own for customers in DC and surrounding areas. Our rental inventory includes flutes (standard and curved head), clarinets, alto and tenor saxophones, trumpets, trombones, snare/bell kits, violins (ranging from 1/16th to full size), violas, and cellos (ranging from 1/2 to full size). Contact us for more information about our rental program!

How much is it to rent a cello?

The cost to rent a cello is $49 for the base fee, plus $15 for LDW, $2.94 for tax, and a total of $66.94 per month.

Which musical instrument is available for rent at Middle C Music?

Middle C Music offers a variety of musical instruments available for rent, including:
Flute (Standard and Curved Head)
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Snare/Bell Kit
Violin (ranging from 1/16th to Full Size)
Cello (ranging from 1/2 to Full Size)