We Make Violin Rentals in Saint Louis Easy!

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If you need a violin for yourself or your child, you’ve come to the right place. Violin rentals start as low as $14 a month (when paid annually), and our top-of-the line carved violins rent for only $28 a month (when paid annually). While your monthly cost is lowest on an annual plan, you choose whether an annual, quarterly, or monthly plan is best for you.

This page is LOADED with information about our rentals – including price details (and even your first month free). Make sure to keep scrolling down the page!

And, feel free to stop by one of our stores, give us a call, or send us an email (we respond to emails) if you have any questions! We do not work on commission and we are here to help you.

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Benefits of Renting Your Violin from Top Notch

Peace of Mind

All our rentals include insurance against theft AND accidental damage! We want you, or your child, to enjoy your instrument and not be stressed about it.

Save Money

3 years’ worth of your rental payments can be applied to the purchase of your rental instrument! You don’t have to wrestle with the “is-it-better-to-buy-or-rent” decision when you rent from us.

Avoid Hassle

If a string breaks, there is no labor charge to replace strings and all rentals include 50% off the cost of the replacement strings! Just stop by one of our locations and we’re happy to help. The average student breaks a string about once a year.

Our Rental Violins Feature:

  • Ebony fingerboard, chinrest and pegs
  • High quality, American made D’Addario brand strings
  • Either a brazilwood or carbon fiber bow with real horsehair
  • Lightweight case
  • Sponge (various sizes) shoulder rest
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Rosin
  • Insurance against theft AND accidental damage
  • Us! We’re here to support you!

Available Violin Sizes

1/64, 1/32, 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8, 4/4

If you don’t know the proper size, don’t worry, we’ll make sure you, or your child, are fitted with the proper size of violin.

A sample Top Notch rental violin in its included case
We carry a large selection of violins from which to choose

Select Your Violin Series

Our 1000 series entry level violins are made from properly aged maple sides and back and a spruce top. Perfect for a beginner during their first year as their ear and technique develops.

Our 2000 series intermediate violins are made from properly aged, lightly flamed maple sides and back and a spruce top with a hand applied oil varnish. A good step-up for the progressing violin player.

Our 3000 series advanced violins are made from 5+ year old aged, heavy flamed maple sides and back and a spruce top with an antiqued oil varnish. This is our ideal learning instrument for violin players and will suit you, or your child, for years.

What Does it Cost to Rent a Violin?

1000 Series Violin Rental


  • The annual rate translates to a monthly cost of about $14 and by paying annually you are saving 30% over the monthly plan
  • Or pay quarterly $54 and save 10%!
  • Or pay monthly $20.



  • The annual rate translates to a monthly cost of about $19 and by paying annually you are saving 37% over the monthly plan.
  • Or pay quarterly $80 and save 10%!
  • Or pay monthly $30



  • Due to the value of our 3000 series violins we can only offer them as a $340 yearly rental (which is about $28/month) and we do not offer a quarterly or monthly payment option.

All rentals are automatically and conveniently renewed by credit card.

How Does the Rental Process Work?

  1. Stop by one of our stores. Hopefully one of our stores is located near you.
  2. Size: we will help to ensure you, or your child, have the proper-sized instrument.
  3. Series: decide which which series is right for you
  4. Instrument: within that series you can often select from among several instruments (children LOVE picking out an instrument)
  5. Some paperwork: it isn’t complex! We’re not lawyers, we’re artists and musicians.

The process (start-to-finish) on average takes anywhere from 15 minutes up to an hour. We’re in no hurry: we are here to help you. Now, on the other hand, if you are in a hurry, just let us know and we’ll do our best to get you on your way ASAP!

Violin Care Tips

  • We include an instruction sheet with each rental, however, we also want to include some care tips here on our web site as well
  • The bow strings 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 violin instructor will help you with this, and we can also show you how to do this.
  • Violin bows need a small amount of rosin rubbed on the strings for sound. We include rosin with your rental. And, again, the amount of rosin is something your violin teacher can help you with – and we can also get you set with the first rosin application before you leave the store if you would like.
  • When you are done playing your violin we recommend you gently wipe the strings with the included cleaning cloth to remove any rosin from the strings. This helps to avoid a rosin build-up on the strings. As you’ll quickly find with the violin: not enough rosin doesn’t sound good, and too much is also a problem!

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