Barbican +44(0)20 7588 9242
Kensington +44(0)20 7589 9054

Chimes Rental Scheme is highly regarded by our customers and received praise in the London Portrait 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 on a range of string, woodwind and brass instruments. This enables your child to try out an instrument without the commitment of buying it outright initially. Our staff will assess the correct size of the instrument for your child which can be changed at any point during the contract.

We also offer 10% discount on sheet music and accessories to all of our rental customers. This discount is also available online. You will need to create an account and then email so we can check your eligibility and apply the discount to your account for future orders. Rentals are available from both Chimes Music branches. For further information, please complete the contact form below or call your closest branch:

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    Please note, we will not share your information with anyone else. The information you provide on this form, and in any other follow-up contact, will only be used in conjunction with rentals.

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    Barbican Chimes: 020 7588 9242
    Kensington Chimes: 020 7589 9054

    All instruments are rented on a rolling three month contract. An initial payment of three months is taken for violins and an initial payment of six months for all other instruments.

    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 (e.g. passport or driving license) and one other item which acts as proof of address (e.g. council tax bill or bank statement etc). We are currently only able to rent out instruments for children.

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

    Bowed String Instruments

    Our staff can assess the correct size of the instrument for your child and the size can be changed at any time during the contract.

    Violins from £30
    Violas from £42
    Cellos from £60
    Bowed Stringed Instrument Prices
    Violin (all sizes) Rental Price (per 3 month period)
    Primavera 100 £30
    Stentor 1 £30
    Primavera 150 £35
    Stentor 2 £35
    Primavera 200 £35
    Zeller £40
    Stentor Conservatoire £40
    Yamaha Y35AK £45
    Violas (all sizes) Rental Price
    (per 3 month period)
    Stentor 1 £42
    Stringers £42
    Zeller (restrung violin)  £45
    Stentor 2 £45
    Cellos size Rental Price
    (per 3 month period)
    Primavera 100 All sizes £60
    Stentor 1 All sizes £60
    Stentor 2 All sizes £65
    Primavera 200 All sizes £95
    Stentor Conservatoire All sizes £95

    Woodwind Instruments

    Flutes from £60
    Clarinets from £50
    Oboes from £180
    Alto Sax from £80
    Woodwind Instrument Prices
    Flutes Straight and curved heads Rental Price
    (per 3 month period)
    Trevor James TJ10X £65
    Jupiter JFL700UE £65
    Yamaha 12 £75
    Pearl 505EUS £85
    Flutes Straight heads only Rental Price
    (per 3 month period)
    Jupiter JCL700EC £60
    Yamaha YFL12 £70
    Pearl 505E £75
    Clarinets Rental Price
    (per 3 month period)
    Jupiter JCL700SQ £50
    Buffet Prodige £65
    Yamaha 255S £60
    Oboes Rental Price
    (per 3 month period)
    Howarth S10 £189
    Yamaha 241B-30 £180
    Alto Saxophones Rental Price
    (per 3 month period)
    Jupiter JAS500Q £80
    Yamaha YAS280 £90

    Brass Instruments

    Trumpets from £55
    Cornets from £70
    Trombones from £70
    Brasswind Instrument Prices
    Trumpets Rental Price (per 3 month period)
    Jupiter JTB700Q £45
    Yamaha 2330 £50
    Yamaha 2330S (Silver) £60
    Trombones Rental Price
    (per 3 month period)
    Jupiter JTB500Q £65
    Yamaha 354ECN £80
    Cornets Rental Price (per 3 month period)
    Jupiter JCR7000Q £65
    Yamaha 2330III £75