Order a Rental

How do you want to get the rental?

Shipping For shipment of an instrument to your home or business address. Violins and Violas typically ship out within 3 business days; cellos within 5 business days. Note rentals are not available outside the United States.
Delivery For limited delivery to selected schools and locations during scheduled service trips.

In Store Pickup For prepaid pickup in our Newton Store Monday-Saturday (Waltham Store for basses Tuesday-Saturday). Note we require 1-2 business days to prepare rentals for pickup. Orders placed Friday night, Saturday, or Sunday may not be ready for pickup until the following Tuesday during peak seasons. You will be phoned and emailed when the instrument is ready for pickup. If you require same-day pickup, please call 1-800-359-9351 and ask that an instrument be held for 24 hours in your name.

Do I need a credit card? When will my credit card be charged?

How do you want to get the rental?

Shipping For shipment of an instrument to your home or business address. Violins and Violas typically ship out within 3 business days; cellos within 5 business days.
Delivery For limited delivery to selected schools and locations during scheduled service trips.
In Store Pickup For prepaid pickup in our Newton Store Monday-Saturday (Waltham Store for basses Tuesday-Saturday). Note we require 1-2 business days to prepare rentals for pickup. Orders placed Friday night, Saturday, or Sunday may not be ready for pickup until the following Tuesday during peak seasons. You will be phoned and emailed when the instrument is ready for pickup. If you require same-day pickup, please call 1-800-359-9351 and ask that an instrument be held for 24 hours in your name.

Do I need a credit card? When will my credit card be charged?

How do you want to get the rental?

Shipping For shipment of an instrument to your home or business address. Violins and Violas typically ship out within 3 business days; cellos within 5 business days.
Delivery For limited delivery to selected schools and locations during scheduled service trips.
In Store Pickup For prepaid pickup in our Newton Store Monday-Saturday (Waltham Store for basses Tuesday-Saturday). Note we require 1-2 business days to prepare rentals for pickup. Orders placed Friday night, Saturday, or Sunday may not be ready for pickup until the following Tuesday during peak seasons. You will be phoned and emailed when the instrument is ready for pickup. If you require same-day pickup, please call 1-800-359-9351 and ask that an instrument be held for 24 hours in your name.

Do I need a credit card? When will my credit card be charged?

How do you want to get the rental?

Shipping For shipment of an instrument to your home or business address. Violins and Violas typically ship out within 3 business days; cellos within 5 business days.
Delivery For limited delivery to selected schools and locations during scheduled service trips.
In Store Pickup For prepaid pickup in our Newton Store Monday-Saturday (Waltham Store for basses Tuesday-Saturday). Note we require 1-2 business days to prepare rentals for pickup. Orders placed Friday night, Saturday, or Sunday may not be ready for pickup until the following Tuesday during peak seasons. You will be phoned and emailed when the instrument is ready for pickup. If you require same-day pickup, please call 1-800-359-9351 and ask that an instrument be held for 24 hours in your name.

Do I need a credit card? When will my credit card be charged?

Do you know what size of instrument you'd like to rent?

Yes No
We're sorry! In order to process your request, we need to know what size of instrument you need. A proper fitting is a crucial first step in learning to play a stringed instrument. Small children play smaller-scaled instruments; children over the age of 12 usually play full-sized (4/4) instruments. To schedule a fitting by our staff, please come in to visit us, or call your teacher for a sizing recommendation.

What type of instrument would you like to rent?

Violin Violin Violin Violin
Violin Viola Cello Bass

We're sorry! We currently do not offer string bass rental pre-registration through our Web site. To rent a string bass, please call us for pricing, availability, and with any questions.

Our Standard instrument outfits come with a durable, horsehair-strung fiberglass bow. This is a good choice for beginners: our fiberglass bows play well, and require very little maintenance.

You may elect to upgrade your bow to a carbon fiber or wooden bow for an additional charge. These bows are a little lighter in weight, and have more advanced playing characteristics than our default fiberglass bows. (These are the same bows used with our Advanced and Master categories of rentals.) If you elect to take this upgrade, we'll send you the best of what we have on hand at the moment, either carbon fiber or wood, depending on our stock. (Please note: at this time, we do not offer bow upgrades for 1/10 and 1/16-sized rentals.)

Upgrade your bow to carbon fiber or wooden bow? ($6/mo. for violins and violas; $8/mo. for cellos.)
No Yes
Sizes with "G" refer to German, or European, sizing. Sizes without G refer to Suzuki, or Japanese, sizing. German sizes are larger than Suzuki sizes, and are generally accepted as the modern standard. If there is a choice, we recommend the German size unless your teacher has specifically requested the Suzuki size.

The following items are suggested additional materials available for purchase. Frequently, teachers will suggest that new students purchase music books, music stands, or accessories that help keep the player comfortable, or aid with instruction. Please select the items below that you would like us to include with your order. Please note that we have many other book titles and accessories available. After completing the pre-registration process, you will be able to browse our site for extra items your teacher may have suggested that are not listed below.

Student Information

Player First Name:
Player Last Name: 
Elementary or Music School: 
Teacher's First Name:
Teacher's Last Name:

You will now be redirected to the Johnson String Shopping Cart. You can continue to shop. Once you checkout your rental request will be finalized. If your order is for School Delivery or Store Pickup, a shipping address is not required.