String Rentals in Palatine, IL

Rent Violins, Violas or Cellos Locally

Select your instrument online or come in and talk to one of our knowledgeable staff members. Because we’re local, it’s easy to stop in and get your instrument looked at or repaired (all covered through your contract). You can upgrade from a fractional-sized instrument to a larger sized instrument at any time.

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  • Pickup & Payment Info

    Payment Information Reservations are not complete until payment has been received. We will contact you to set up a payment method; thereafter, rental payments will be settled automatically via credit card on a regular, monthly basis. These monthly payments are initiated on your Requested Pickup Date above, which becomes your billing cycle date. (A requested pickup date of the 14th, for example, results in a charge on that date as well as a charge on the 14th of every calendar month that follows while the rental is active.)

    Every Payment Builds Equity Our program is an equity building program: each rental payment (excluding the maintenance and repair fee) goes toward the purchase of your instrument. For stringed instruments, your accumulated equity is applied through each size increase toward the purchase of a full size student instrument. There is no obligation to buy, however, and the instrument may be returned at any time.

    When Will My Instrument Be Ready? “Requested Pickup Date” field above and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please note that we are closed on Sundays and that we require at least 2 business days from the time you submit this Instrument Rental Form to process your submission and ready your rental instrument for pickup.
  • Instrument Selection

    If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for any of the selected instruments below, please submit your reservation and we will call you as soon as an instrument becomes available.

Violin Rental

The violin is a popular instrument for beginning music students. It can be heard in symphony orchestras as well as in country and bluegrass bands. While all string instruments produce sound in the same manner, (by drawing the bow across one of the four strings or by plucking the strings) the size of the instrument creates a higher or lower sound. Students should be measured by a music teacher to determine the correct size violin. With The Music Room rent-to-own contract, students can upgrade to a larger instrument at any time.

Brands We Carry: Amati, Glaesel, Knilling, Lewis, Scherl & Roth

Violin Rental Monthly Cost: $28*
¼, ½, ¾ and Full Size (includes rental and repair)


Viola Rental

The viola is slightly larger and produces a lower sound than the violin. At The Music Room rent-to-buy violas come in 16-, 15-, 14-, 13- or 12-inch models. The correct size for each student depends on the arm length and overall size of the student. Students should be measured to determine what size instrument they need. Size upgrades are available at any time under the rental contract.

Brands We Carry: Amati, Glaesel, Knilling, Lewis, Scherl & Roth

Viola Rental Monthly Cost: $28*
12”, 13”, 14”, 15”, 16” (includes rental and repair)


Cello Rental

Your child may outgrow his or her cello rather quickly so rental is a good option. It is important to be “fitted” to determine the right size instrument.  The cello is the second largest string instrument. It is played in an upright position with the left hand resting on the back of the neck and the right either plucks the strings or holds the bow. Learning to play the cello will give you the opportunity to explore a variety of music genres.

Brands We Carry: Amati, Glaesel, Knilling, Lewis, Scherl & Roth

Viola Rental Monthly Cost: $50
½, ¾, Full Size (includes rental and repair)