Advantages of Renting a Musical Instrument – Try Before You Buy

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Renting a musical instrument explained!

Renting a musical instrument is a sure-fire way to bring a wealth of creativity and joy directly into your home! Studies all around the world have shown that music improves reasoning, memory and problem solving skills in both adults and children. In today’s age, most of us have little doubt of the importance of music in our lives. Despite this, a musical instrument is usually a major purchase decision for your family. Understandably, this can lead to hesitations about purchasing the instrument.

Renting a musical instrument provides a solution to the dilemma of a big purchase. It allows you to try an instrument you’ve got your eye on without having to fully commit to it right away. Bringing a brand new piano in your home will give you a much clearer sense of how it will fit into the busy schedule of you and your loved ones!

Why rent an instrument?

Maybe your child is interested in learning piano at home. Perhaps you used to play yourself and want to rekindle your love for music. In both situations, it can be a hurdle to truly tell how an instrument will fit into your home when you’ve only see it online or in a music store. It’s also tricky to know if your passion will stick around after you purchase it, or if it will wane with time. This can make you hesitant to fully invest in an instrument right away.

Renting a musical instrument is a solution to all of these hesitations, and makes the journey of your next instrument purchase more enjoyable and less stressful. There is in-fact many reasons to try before you buy!

You may want to:

  • See if you enjoy an instrument before you fully invest in it
  • Try the instrument in your home and see how it fits into your lifestyle and schedule
  • Take an instrument home immediately without paying the full price in one hit
  • Upgrade an existing instrument and try a model with more features before you buy
  • See if the instrument matches your home’s décor and aesthetic
  • Always be up-to-date with the latest model and cutting edge technology

Where can I rent a musical instrument?

Renting is actually much easier than you might think! Rental applications are usually easy to fill out. You could have that brand new instrument in your home before you know it!

A quick Google search can reveal where you can rent the particular instrument you’re looking for. You can also ask your local music store and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction!

What happens after I finish renting?

When the rental period on your instrument has finished, you have several options. In many cases, you can easily return the instrument yourself to the retailer at no extra charge. You can also pay a nominal fee to have a courier collect the instrument from you at home.

Alternatively, if you’ve loved your time with the instrument and want to purchase it for yourself, it’s really easy to organise! You should receive a comprehensive guide with your initial agreement showing payment values over a set period of time. If you love your instrument right away, you can also purchase it immediately before your rental period runs out!

Are there any other benefits to renting?

There are several other reasons to rent a musical instrument that you might not have considered!

Are you a performing artist or producer? Maybe you need an instrument for a specific musical project or tour that you know you won’t need after you’re finished. Renting allows you to secure something for a set period of time at a relatively low cost!

Worried about instrument upkeep and maintenance? Maintenance service is included with a lot of instruments for the rental period. This gives you peace of mind and more time to spend actually playing your instruments!


If you’ve been “umming” and “ahhing” about buying an instrument for some time now, renting is an option that you may not have considered! It’s painless and solves most of the problems and hurdles big purchases bring with them. You may just discover that it’s the perfect way for you and your family to try before you buy!

Considering Roland’s vast range of pianos, keyboards, drums and pro audio equipment for your family? Roland Rentals gives you complete and painless access to our complete range of products. Be sure to look into it for yourself!

Happy renting!

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