Rentals

Renting a violin, viola, cello or double bass can be the perfect way to start learning. 


Our affordable and flexible options allow you to pay either weekly (for intermediate instruments only), monthly, or in a three-month block (at a discounted rate). You can change sizes any time as your son or daughter grows, with no additional cost. As well as this, at any point while you are renting a beginner instrument, you can claim your first three months rent as a credit toward purchasing a new instrument*.


Renting an intermediate instrument is perfect for an intermediate to advanced player travelling for a short period of time, or perhaps a beginner wanting to learn on something a little nicer. If you decide to rent monthly or quarterly, you can claim your first three months rent as credit toward purchasing any new instrument from our intermediate range or above.


Renting a cello flight case is a perfect option for those travelling with their instrument, giving you confidence that your cello will arrive to its destination safely.


Before coming into the store, we ask that you order a rental instrument to ensure that we have an instrument available and ready for you when you arrive. We also recommend watching our 'Rental Terms and Conditions Explained' video on Youtube.

Beginner Instrument Rentals
Intermediate Instrument Rentals
Instrument Rental FAQ
Cello Flight Case Rental
Cello Flight Case Rental FAQ
Rental Terms and Conditions


Beginner Instrument Rentals


We have a large range of beginner violins, violas, cellos and double basses available to rent in-store.


Our beginner rentals are good quality student instruments from brands including Kreisler, Schoenbach, Suzuki and GEWA. Each instrument is professionally set-up by a member of our workshop and played by a musician before leaving our store, and serviced by us on our premises. 


Our beginner instrument rentals are suitable for up to a third grade AMEB standard. If you are needing something suitable for a higher grade, consider looking at our  intermediate instrument rentals


Why rent a Beginner Instrument Rental?


Renting a violin, viola, cello or double bass can be the perfect way for a beginner to start learning. Our affordable and flexible plans allow you to pay by month, or in three-month blocks (at a discounted rate). You can change sizes any time as your son or daughter grows, with no additional cost. As well as this, at any point while you are renting a violin, you can claim your first three months rent as a credit toward purchasing a new instrument*.


Before coming into the store,  we ask that you order a rental instrument to ensure that we have an instrument available and ready for you when you arrive. 


We also encourage you to have a read of the commonly asked questions below, to prepare you for your visit. Please also read through our Rental Terms and Conditions. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Beginner Instrument Rental Rates

Instrument

Deposit

Monthly Fee

Quarterly Fee

Violin
4/4-1/32 sizes

$125

$35

$75

Viola 14" or smaller

$145

$45

$95

Violin 15" or larger

$145

$55

$115

Cello
4/4-1/16 sizes

$385

$115

$245

Double Bass 1/4 or smaller

$445

$165

$355

Double Bass 1/2 or larger

$495

$185

$395


Intermediate Instrument Rentals


We have a number of intermediate instruments available to rent in-store.


Our intermediate rentals are of a higher quality over our beginner instruments. Intermediate instruments are made from a higher grade of timber, fitted with better quality fittings, and set up with higher quality strings. Each instrument is professionally set-up by a member of our workshop and played by a musician before leaving our store, and serviced by us on our premises. Each intermediate rental instrument also come with a Kreisler Carbon composite bow, which allows the player to have more control when performing intermediate bowings, as well as a better quality case for protection.


Our intermediate instrument rentals are suitable for up to a sixth grade AMEB standard. Unfortunately we do not have any instrument rentals available for higher grades. We currently only have 4/4 size intermediate instrument rentals available.


The following options are currently available in our intermediate rental range:

  + Schroeder #200 Violin 4/4 or equivalent with a GEWA Concerto case and Kreisler Carbon bow 
  + Schroeder #100 Cello 4/4 or equivalent with a Kreisler Pod Case and Kreisler Carbon bow


Why rent an Intermediate Instrument Rental?


If you are an intermediate to advanced player travelling for a short period of time, or perhaps a beginner wanting to learn on something a little nicer, renting one of our intermediate instruments is a great option. Our affordable and flexible payment plans allow you to make weekly, monthly or quarterly payments. If you decide to rent monthly or quarterly, you can claim your first three months rent as credit toward purchasing any new instrument from our intermediate range or above. Please note that this offer does not apply to those renting on a weekly plan.


Before coming into the store, we ask that you order a rental instrument to ensure that we have an instrument available and ready for you when you arrive. 


We also encourage you to have a read of the commonly asked questions below, to prepare you for your visit. Please also read through our Rental Terms and ConditionsIf you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Intermediate Instrument Rental Rates

Instrument

Deposit

Weekly Fee

Monthly Fee

Quarterly Fee

Violin

$330

$80

$115

$249

Cello

$750

$150

$230

$488


Instrument Rental FAQ


What do I need to bring?


To rent an instrument from us, you must bring the following items with you to our store: 

 + A current driver’s licence, Australian identity card or passport. If using your passport, we will also require proof of address such as a utilities bill. 
 + A valid Australian MasterCard or Visa credit card.

Can I have the rental instrument sent out to me?


Yes! We can ship out rental violins, violas and cellos Australia wide. Shipping is roughly $25 for violins and violas, and $45 for cellos (this will be confirmed at time of renting). Simply fill out our order a rental instrument form, and we can get an instrument organised for you. Unfortunately we are not able to ship rental double basses.


How much time should I allow to rent an instrument?


You should allow at least 45 minutes at the store for us to size the player, go through the contract and process the rental for you.


Can I buy the violin, viola, cello or double bass that I am renting?


Unfortunately no, as we prefer to sell you a brand new violin or cello to ensure you are getting an instrument in perfect condition.


Do I eventually own the instrument that I am renting?


The rental program is not a rent-to-buy payment plan. You can however, use your first three months rent and put it towards the purchase of any new instrument. If you are renting for more than 3 months, it is only the first 3 months rent that can be credited towards your purchase. 


What if I don’t have a credit card or photo ID?


We use credit cards both as security and future rental payments.  The first rental payment and all subsequent payments must be paid via credit card, however the deposit can be paid by other methods in-store. Unfortunately if you don’t have a credit card or photo ID, we would suggest purchasing an instrument using an alternative payment method.


Will my instrument be insured?


Yes, our rental instruments are insured for accidental damage only.  This does not include broken strings or damage from heat and/or water. Please see our full list of   terms and conditions   for more information


Do I get a partial refund if I return my instrument before the next rental payment is due?


We do not offer partial refunds if you return your instrument any earlier than the end of the rental period, however if you are on a 3 monthly plan and you wish to switch to a month by month plan you can change at any time by emailing us or calling the store. 


Why don’t we include shoulder rests with our rental instruments? 


The foam on a shoulder rest can be difficult to clean, so for hygiene reasons we do not include shoulder rests with our rental instruments. A shoulder rest is a personal purchase based on body type, so a generic shoulder rest is not suitable for everyone. We encourage customers to purchase a shoulder rest that is most comfortable for the player and quite often one shoulder rest will be suitable for two or more violin sizes, so you are sure to get good value out of your purchase.


Can a friend or family member pick up instrument for me?


For security reasons we cannot allow friends or relatives to come and collect a rental instrument from our store on your behalf, unless the rental contract is made under their name and the regular payments are being paid by them. 


If you wish to rent an instrument, then you yourself must be physically present in the store to sign the rental contract with photo ID. The name on the credit card being used for recurring rental payments must also match the name on the photo ID and rental contract.


How are payments and deposits processed?


Rental deposits are made in-store and can be paid via cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard). The deposit is refundable (if the instrument is brought back in good condition) and must be refunded via the same payment method it was made. 


Recurring rental payments are made via our automated online payment system. When you sign-up to rent in-store your details will be entered into their system and stored securely.


As this is an automated payment system, unfortunately we are unable to stop any payments from going through until your instrument is returned to our store. You will receive notice few days before the next charge is processed. 


Please note that recurring payments cannot be made with American Express, only Visa or MasterCard is accepted.


What happens if my card is lost, stolen or expired? How do I update my details and how do I get my deposit back?


If your credit card is lost, stolen or expired, please contact us at your earliest convenience to update your payment details for the recurring payments. You can also update your payment details through our secure online payment system. 


For rental deposits, we must refund the deposit back on to a card under the contract holder’s name for security reasons. If the deposit was originally paid in cash then the customer must provide proof of identity before the cash is returned.


Cello Flight Case Rentals


If you are planning on travelling by plane with your cello, there are a few things to think about before heading off to the airport; one of which is having the right cello case to transport it in.


To ensure that your cello and bow have the safest journey possible, we have a GEWA Pure hard case and BAM flight cover available to rent. Please find information on the cello case & flight cover below, along with pricing and some frequently asked questions on travelling by plane with a cello. 


Please be sure to read the full list of  terms and conditions  before hiring. It is important to note that The Sydney String Centre is not responsible for any loss or damage that may happen to your instrument or bow whilst inside or outside the cello case or flight cover. We strongly encourage you to seek your own insurance for your instrument and bow before leaving the store.


Currently, we only have the one cello case and flight cover available to rent, so it is recommended that you make a reservation as soon as you know your travel dates.


Cello Flight Case Rental Rates


The BAM Cello Flight Case Cover is available to rent on its own or as a package with the GEWA Pure cello case. The GEWA Pure hard case is not available to rent on its own as it is unsuitable for plane travel without the flight cover.


GEWA Pure Case with Bam Flight Cover: 

Deposit

Daily Fee

Weekly Fee

Monthly Fee

$400

$120

$300

$750

Bam Flight Cover on its own OR Heavily Padded Blue Flight Bag (if you have your own hard case that will fit inside): 

Deposit

Daily Fee

Weekly Fee

Monthly Fee

$300

$80

$200

$500


Cello Flight Case Rental FAQ


Will I be charged extra for checking in an instrument?


Because a cello is so large, you will either need have to check it in as additional baggage or buy an extra plane seat for it. Each airline has their own set of rules, requirements and charges for checked baggage so it is important to check on the airline’s website for details. Below are the links to bulky or larger baggage for a few major airlines:


 + Qantas

 + British Airways

 + Virgin Australia

 + Virgin Atlantic

 + Cathay Pacific

 + Emirates

 + Tiger Airways

 + Jet Star


How do I prepare my cello for travelling?


There is a certain way to pack up your cello safely for travelling. If it is in the cargo hold of a plane it can be subject to bumps and knocks which can affect the set-up of the instrument. If your bridge gets knocked down, not only can the tailpiece fall down onto the instrument and damaged the belly of your cello, but the sound post can collapse as well. To prevent this from happening, roll up some small towels (or shirts) and place them under the strings on either side of the bridge. The towels will support the bridge if it sustains a knock.


If your cello has soft varnish, putting the t-shirts or towels in to support the bridge may damage the varnish on your instrument. If this is the case we recommend wrapping the strings, bridge and tailpiece with bubble wrap, making sure that nothing is rubbing up against your instrument. If you are unsure, then please use this method.


Your cello should be packed up in one of our recommended air travel cases. We do not recommend loosening the tension of the strings as it may cause the bridge and soundpost to fall over.


Will I need to purchase a new case?


There are only a few cello cases that we recommend for air travel, and even then, the safety of your cello in a plane cargo hold is not guaranteed. The H iscox cello case  is made from durable ABS plastic and has a steel rim around the opening which limits the flex in the case. This is probably the most affordable option if you are looking to purchase a case. A more reliable but more expensive option is the  bam flight cover ; this is a cover that goes over your original case. This case is specifically made to fit over Bam and other slimline cases, so it is always best to bring your case in to see if the bam flight case will fit over the top of your existing case. In any case, (pun intended) we cannot guarantee the safety of your instrument or bow when travelling by any means of transportation and you should always insure your instrument and bow before travelling.