We Make it Easy to Rent an Upright Bass in St. Louis!
We are a local St. Louis stringed instrument store which specializes in selling, renting, and repairing stringed instruments. If you are looking to rent an upright acoustic bass, you are in the right place. Our bass rentals start as low as about $50 a month (when paid annually), and our carved basses rent for $100 a month (when paid annually). Those prices are on our annual plans and they give you the lowest calculated monthly cost, but you can also pay quarterly or monthly if you prefer.
This page is LOADED with information about our upright bass rentals – including price details (and even your first month free). You won’t want to miss anything!
Why Rent An Upright Bass from Top Notch Violins?
3 Years' Worth of Rent
Our Rental Basses Include:
- Ebony fingerboard and high-quality tuning pegs
- High quality, American-made D’Addario strings
- Choice of either a French-style or German-style bow with real horsehair
- Lightweight padded bag
- Rockstop (your choice of color)
- Cleaning cloth
- Pop’s-brand rosin
- Insurance against theft & accidental damage
- Us! We’re here to support you!
Available Upright Bass Sizes
1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4
If you don’t know what size is best for you, don’t worry! We’ll help make sure you (or your child) get the proper-sized upright bass.
Select Your Bass Series
Our 1000 series entry level basses are plywood made from properly aged maple sides and back with a spruce top. Plywood basses are durable and resilient. A great choice for someone beginning to play the bass and an affordable choice for someone who travels extensively.
Our 2000 series intermediate basses are hybrids containing a mixture of plywood and aged, carved wood. The sides and back are aged and lightly flamed maple. The top is spruce and has a hand applied oil varnish. The idea behind a hybrid bass which contains some plywood panels and some carved panel is to get the durability of plywood with the sound of a carved bass. This is a great choice for any upright bass player.
Our 3000 series advanced basses are fully carved and made from 5+ year old aged, heavily-flamed maple for the sides and back with a spruce top. The basses have an antiqued oil varnish. While a beginner may not be able to discern the difference in tone between a plywood bass and a carved bass, you simply cannot beat the sound/tone of a carved bass. Carved basses can travel just fine, but you don’t want them exposed to freezing temperatures and you will want to be a bit more careful protecting them. Our 3000-series basses will help you, or your student, to stand out in your ensemble or orchestra. You cannot go wrong with one of these.
We can help you choose which series of bass is best for you based on your skill-level, ear, playing needs, and your budget.
What Does it Cost to Rent an Upright Bass?
1000 Series Bass Rental
- The annual rate translates to a monthly cost of $50 and by paying annually you are saving almost 30% over the monthly plan.
- Or pay quarterly $180 and save 15%.
- Or pay monthly $70.
2000 Series Bass Rental
- The annual rate translates to a monthly cost of $75 and by paying annually you are saving almost 30% over the monthly plan.
- Or pay quarterly $270 and save 15%!
- Or pay monthly $105.
3000 Series Bass Rental
- Due to the value of our 3000 series basses we can only offer them as a $1200 yearly rental (which is about $100/month) and we do not offer a quarterly or monthly payment option.
All rentals are automatically and conveniently renewed by credit card.
What is the Process for Renting a Bass?
Just stop in at one of our conveniently-located St. Louis stores. The process is simple:
- Size: we’ll help you select the proper-size bass for you or your child.
- Series: you select the series (1000, 2000, or 3000) of bass upright that is best for you or your child.
- Pick: you select the specific instrument within that series. Within a specific size and series we often have several instruments to choose from. Children LOVE picking out their instrument!
- Paperwork: yes, there is a little bit of paperwork. The good news is that it isn’t complex: we’re not lawyers, we’re artists and musicians. After that, you’re set.
The average amount of time from when you walk in our door until you leave with your instrument can be as short as 15 minutes or as long as perhaps an hour. We are not in a hurry and are here to help you be successful.
Caring for your Upright Bass
- We include an instruction sheet with each rental but we also want to include some care tips here on our web site.
- The bass’s bow hair should be slightly tightened before playing, and slightly loosened after playing and for storage. The bow strings are tightened by turning the screw below the frog. Your bass teacher will help you with this, and we can also show you how to do this.
- Bass bows need a small amount of rosin applied to the hair for sound. Don’t worry: we include rosin with your rental! The amount of rosin to apply is something your bass instructor can help you with (and you’ll get a feel for how much and how often to apply over time) – and we can also get you set with the first rosin application before you leave the store.
- Each time you are done playing your bass we recommend gently wiping the strings and the top of the bass to remove any rosin dust. And yes, we include a cleaning cloth with your rental. Gently wiping the bass helps to avoid building up rosin on the strings or the instrument itself.
Different Styles of Bass
While most of our bass rentals are for those who play stringed upright bass at school or in a local orchestra, we also rent upright basses to those who play jazz, country, bluegrass, rockabilly, and other musical genres. If you pluck 100% of the time and don’t play with metal strings, we can even get you set up with nylon strings.
Renting an Upright Bass
While we also sell new basses and provide bass repair, most of what we do here at Top Notch is to provide rental instruments to members of our community or traveling musicians. We love seeing our basses being used in local schools and orchestras in the St. Louis area. Yes, partly because that means the bass was rented from us, but more than that it means someone else is experiencing music and falling in love with the amazing, mesmerizing, and deep resonance of the bass the same way we have. Our technicians wouldn’t spend their free time building basses by hand if they didn’t love the amazing tone and resonance of these instruments!
If you have any questions about renting or buying an instrument from us, feel free to contact us.