801 D St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Music On the Hill is one of the best music stores in the district, local or otherwise. The small shop offers music lessons, camps, holds events, sells instruments and accessories, and rents instruments. Instruments available for rent include trumpets, flutes, saxophones, clarinets, guitars and violins. Other instruments are available, but are not kept in stock. All their rentals are rent- to-own, so you will be happy to know your payments are going towards owning your instrument. And depending on which instrument you want to rent, your payments can be as low as $20 a month.
1502 Belle View Blvd.
Alexandria, VA 22307
Described as “your source for band and orchestra instruments,” Alexandria Music Company is definitely where you would go if you are looking for instruments for your band or orchestra. But it is also great if you just want to rent an instrument regardless of whether you are in a group or not. They offer everything from percussion kits to piccolos for rent, with monthly prices ranging from $7.99 to $59.99. And for an additional fee you can have damage coverage as well.
4530 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
Considered Washington D.C.’s only full-service music store, Middle C Music does it all. Less than 20 years old, the music shop quickly became a local favorite for families and musicians in the area. The instruments available for rent are student-level, and are cleaned between each rental. Brands they carry include Cannonball, Armstrong, Maple Leaf, Jupiter, Ludwig, King and more. With reasonable rates and quality instruments, you will want to become a part of the Middle C family.
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5584 General Washington Drive
Alexandria, VA 22312
Brobst Violin Shop guarantees that when you leave their shop, your instrument will be in perfect professional order. They adjust every instrument before they are rented or sold, so you won’t have to worry about any of that when you get to your home, class, or the studio. The care they put into each instrument translates to your playing. The monthly rates range from $18 to $75.71, depending on the instrument. Rent your violin, viola, cello, bass or harp from Brobst and you’ll feel like Itzhak Perlman.
416 S Washington St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
Brass, orchestral, woodwind — Foxes Music Company has all the instruments you’d want to rent. With some of the lowest rates around town, you get a high-quality instrument at an affordable price. They even offer instrument consultations so that you leave with the right instrument. Whether you choose to rent-to-own, or just need an instrument for two months or more, you will be glad you went with this local music store.