Classical Instrument Rentals for Children

Chimes Rental Scheme is highly regarded by our customers and has recently recieved praise in the LondonPortrait magazine:

Isn’t it always the way that children want to play an instrument until just after you’ve bought it – and then announce that they want to play something different! That’s why we adore Chimes Music Shop; they have a hire service available for children, so they can try an instrument for a few months before buying.

We offer a range of student model instruments for rental to children. All rentals are charged every 3 months.

We are now offering 10% discount on sheet music and accessories to all of our rental customers. This discount is also available online, please first create an account and then e-mail support@chimesmusic.com so we can check your eligibility and apply the discount to your account for future orders.

Rentals are available across the three Chimes Music branches. For further information please call your closest branch:

Academy Chimes: 020 7873 7400
Barbican Chimes: 020 7588 9242
Kensington Chimes: 020 7589 9054


You can buy your rental instrument at any time – please contact the branch you are renting from to see what the price would be. Please be aware that we are unable to take back purchased instruments as part-payment on a larger size or more expensive model.

Please note that the parent or legal guardian of the child must sign all rental contracts, and you must bring two forms of identification in order to complete the contract – one form of photographic identification (ie passport or driving license) and one other item which acts as proof of address (ie council tax bill or bank statement etc). We are currently only able to rent out instruments for children.

Listed below are the rental prices of all our instruments. If you are after a specific model and /or size, it is advisable to phone ahead to reserve.

String Instruments

String rentals are on a rolling contract with payment taken at the start of every three month period. Our staff can assess the correct size of instrument for your child, and the size can be changed at any point during the contract.

Violin (all sizes) Rental Price
(per 3 month period)
Viola (all sizes) Rental Price
(per 3 month period)
Primavera 100 £27 Stringers £42
Stentor 1 £27 Zeller (re-strung Violin) £30
Primavera 150 £27
Stentor 2 £27
Primavera 200 £27
Zeller £30
Stentor Conservatoire £30
Yamaha £30
Cellos (Beginner)
(all sizes)
Rental Price
(per 3 month period)
Cellos (Intermediate) Rental Price
(per 3 month period)
Stentor 1 £55 Primavera 200 £90
Stentor 2 £55 Stentor Conservatoire £90
Primavera 100 £55
  • *Violas (all sizes) and violins strung as violas are available on request.
  • *All hired instruments are available for purchase. Prices given on request.
  • *All instruments can be fitted with a professional quality set of strings (i.e. Dominant, Jarger, Pirastro) at an additional cost. A discount of 20% will be given on the normal retail price of a full set.

Woodwind & Brass Instruments

Flutes Rental Price
(per 3 month period)
Clarinets Rental Price
(per 3 month period)
Trevor James (Straight) £55 Jupiter 700S-Q £50
Trevor James (Straight & Curved) £65 Buffet Prodige £65
Jupiter 700 £60 Yamaha 255S £60
Jupiter 700 (curved head) £65
Yamaha 212 £70
Yamaha 212 (curved head) £75
Pearl 505E £75
Pearl 505EUS (Curved head) £85
Oboes Rental Price
(per 3 month period)
Howarth S10 £189
Yamaha 241B-30 £180
Alto Saxophones Rental Price
(per 3 month period)
Tenor Saxophones Rental Price
(per 3 month period)
Jupiter JAS500Q £80 Yamaha 280 £175
Yamaha 280 £90
Trumpets Rental Price
(per 3 month period)
Cornets Rental Price
(per 3 month period)
Yamaha 2330 £50 Jupiter 5700 £65
Yamaha 2330S (Silver) £60 Yamaha 2330III £75
Jupiter 500 £45
Trombone
Yamaha 354ECN £80
Jupiter 232 £65

Rental payments are non-refundable, and are taken at the start of every three month period. Should you have any problems with your instrument please get in touch with the shop you are renting from, and we will fix the problem or provide you with a new instrument. Should the problem require being sent away to a professional, we will endeavor to provide you with a like-for-like replacement in the meantime. Please note that this is subject to availability, and we would recommend phoning ahead.

Should your instrument be damaged, lost, or stolen, within the rental period, you are financially responsible for fixing or replacing the instrument. All of the prices are explained at the point of renting and can later be found on your contract. If you are at all unsure, please contact the shop you rented from. Repairs will usually be arranged through our own professional repairers, but you are welcome to use another repairer as long as the instrument is returned to us in playable condition.

Please note that many instruments have wearable elements, such as strings or reeds, which are your responsibility to replace as needed. Both strings and reeds come with a 20% discount when buying a full set/pack, and you can also buy these individually as needed.

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