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Instrument Rental Services

The Johnson Rental Program

Recognized for our commitment to personal service, Johnson String Instrument is dedicated to bringing the empowerment and pleasure of music to all children.

A trip to the violin shop should be your child's first experience with playing a musical instrument. When selecting an instrument, students are carefully measured to ensure a proper fit. When a child outgrows his or her instrument, we will exchange it for the next size at no charge. At Johnson's, renting an instrument is a pleasant and positive experience with the utmost attention paid to the comfort of the child.

Three rental options that make renting the right instrument for your child easy, affordable, and rewarding:

Standard Rental Option
All of our Standard Rental instruments are maintained beyond MENC standards for quality, sound and playability.

Advanced Rental Option
The Advanced Rentals are a group of new or antique violins and cellos in the 1/8 - 4/4 size. This is an excellent chance for players to enjoy the benefits of a more expensive instrument without making a huge investment.

Master Rental Option
The Master Rentals are high quality instruments suitable for professionals or those looking for a finely crafted instrument with a full, rich sound. Sizes available include 1/8-4/4 violins, 13"-16.5" violas, and 1/4-4/4 cellos. Many Master Rentals are selected from our Sales Department. Brands include but are not limited to Mueller, Haide, Doetsch, and Eastman 305. Note Master Cellos may be available in very limited numbers. Please call to inquire about availability.

School Rental Programs
Johnson's offers a convenient and cost-effective school rental program. Please inquire for pricing and delivery information.

Highest Quality Instruments
Each instrument is tested for tonal quality and is maintained by expert craftspeople in our shop. Care is taken at all levels to ensure that each instrument is in top playing condition. We have a professional repair shop dedicated to maintaining our instrument stock.

Comprehensive Insurance
Comprehensive insurance is provided for every Johnson's rental instrument. We personally insure the instruments against theft from a secure location and most instances of accidental damage. General repairs, including bridge work, pegs, fingerboards, and cracks are covered, as well as bow repair. In addition, we replace broken strings at no charge.

Rental Equity
While renting you will accumulate Equity* that can be applied toward the purchase of the instrument you are renting (or one like it), or an instrument from our Sales Department. Equity is calculated by adding 100% of the first year's rental fees and 20% of each subsequent year's rental fees, excluding tax and insurance.

* Equity can only be used for the same class of instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass) that is being rented. Equity may not be used to purchase bows, cases, electric instruments, or consignment instruments. Equity will be valid for two years after the close of your rental account, after which time it may be forfeited. Please see our rental contract for specific details regarding our equity and insurance policies.

Shipping and Delivery
Our customers are located throughout the United States and beyond. We ship rental instruments anywhere in the United States, and we offer free delivery services to many schools and teaching studios throughout the Northeast.

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