Watch CBS News

Boston's Best Places To Rent Musical Instruments

(Photo from:

Music equipment can be very expensive. Especially when people are starting out and aren't sure if music will be a passing phase or a lifelong passion, it can be difficult to drop hundreds or thousands of dollars on instruments they don't know much about yet. The following instrument rental companies offer everything from lessons and sheet music to music editing and recording gear. Rental options are great for music students young and old, and with locations throughout the state, there is really no need to travel far to find a high-quality instrument. We'll start with the downtown Boston options and work our way out to the suburbs.

Rayburn Music
238 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-4727

Rayburn is Boston's oldest and most trusted music rental service. Since 1939, the shop has offered a wide selection of new, previously owned, and vintage instruments including brass, string and woodwinds. They make renting as convenient as possible, and renters can even pay their bills or renew their agreement online! They also sell sheet music and provide repair services, making Rayburn Music a true one-stop shop for all music students, bands and hobbyists.

Rutman's Violins
265 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 578-0066

Bostonians that play, or want to learn, classic string instruments should go to Rutman's Violins in Boston's Back Bay area. They offer rentals for violin, viola, cello and double bass. With its close proximity to the Berkeley School of Music, Rutman's Violins is really a music lover's mecca. Their knowledgeable staff can help find the right instrument and bow and can also assist in repair and restringing of any items you own. Rutman's also runs a small secondary shop off the Mass Pike, about 40 minutes west of Boston. This location, however, is open by appointment only, so make sure to call ahead if the MetroWest location is more convenient for you.

Leonard's Music
128 Great Road
Bedford, MA 01730
(781) 271-1189

A larger option for those that live outside the city is Leonard's Music. They offer rentals on a variety of classic band instruments — that is particularly ideal for elementary or high school aged children. They offer snare drum and bell kits as well, so every band can be complete! The family-owned shop works on a rent-to-own basis and has operated in the Bedford area for more than thirty years.

Related:  Boston's Best Photographers To Follow On Instagram

Brookline Music School

25 Kennard Road
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 277-4593

Before investing a lot of money in renting an instrument, it is good to learn how to play it too, of course! Brookline Music School offers everything from private lessons to group ensembles and instrument rentals. Brookline Music School is a great place for all area children to develop a strong appreciation for the arts, including music, dance, voice and even music technology.

Bergsten Music
85 Research Road
Hingham, MA 02043
(781) 740-6600

Bergsten Music is a great instrument rental option for south shore residents. They are especially great for people who already know music and are ready to make a name for themselves in the industry. In addition to instrument rentals they also provide professional audio equipment, lighting and even DJ setups!  Be ready for the next battle of the bands!

Related: Boston's Best Street Art

Cameron Bruns is the founder of and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston's North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.