Ellis Music Instrument Rental Program

It's easy, affordable & smart!

trumpet playerEllis Music rents band and orchestra instruments to students and individuals throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.

Renting is a great way to try an instrument without making a large financial investment. For as little as 77 cents per day, you can have a quality musical instrument to use and be accruing "rent credit" that can be applied toward the purchase of either your rental instrument, a new student model instrument, or a new intermediate/professional model instrument. (Whether or not you purchase an instrument and how you choose to go about doing it is entirely your decision.)

Renting an instrument has additional benefits. If you want to switch instruments, your rental instrument can be easily exchanged for a different type of instrument. The instrument can be returned and the rental ended at any point in time (although the initial payment is not refundable). Ellis Music's "repair and replacement" plan keeps your mind at ease by ensuring that necessary repairs are covered at no charge for as long as you are renting, and the instrument can be replaced if destroyed in a fire or stolen.

Refer to the rental agreement for details about rent credit, repair coverage, and customer responsibilities.

Why Ellis Music?

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Quality Instrument - We rent only respected instrument brands that are recommended by teachers and guaranteed to work properly.

Low Monthly Rental Rate - Several instruments are available for under $25 per month.

No Long-Term Contract - The initial rental period is just 2 months for students (3 months for adults) and continues on a month-to-month basis thereafter.

Worry-Free Maintenance - A one-time charge of just $5-$15 covers the instrument for routine maintenance and necessary repairs by our professional instrument technicians.

Exchange Option - Switch to a different instrument at any time if the one you have isn't working out.

Multiple Paths to Ownership - Rent until you own, pay off early and get a discount, or convert your rental into a payment plan for purchase.

Top-Notch Service - Ellis Music representatives visit schools throughout the region on a regular basis during the school year, and help is just a phone call or email away.

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My family LOVES Ellis Music! The ease and convenience of renting your instruments through the school program has been wonderful. You have introduced the world of music to my three children in a way I could not, and it has had an enormous positive impact on their lives!

Sara (Stowe, Vt.)

Instruments Available for Rental from Ellis Music

You can click on the name of an instrument below to see an image and basic information about it.

Note: Schools/teachers do not necessarily offer lessons on all instruments listed below. When in doubt, check with your school or music teacher.

Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
French Horn
Snare Drum
Bells (Percussion Kit)
Double Bass

Instruments not listed above (including soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone, tuba, and drum set) may be purchased from Ellis Music but are not available for rental. Financing options are available for purchases.

For additional information about our rental program, please contact Ellis Music.

Instrument Videos

Introduction to the Band Instruments - members of The United States Army Field Band demonstrate and briefly discuss the instruments of the concert band

Welcome to Band - an introduction to playing in a school band

Welcome to Orchestra - an introduction to playing in a school orchestra

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra web page includes sounds and information about all the instruments in an orchestra.

Returning a Rental Instrument

If you are currently renting an instrument and need information about how to close out your rental and return the instrument to Ellis Music, please call Ellis Music or refer to the instructions posted on our instrument return page. It is very important that you notify Ellis Music directly of your intention to return the instrument.

Frequently Asked Questions about Rentals

Yes! All rentals automatically include a purchase option. Ellis Music's rental program is designed to make it affordable for people to rent and eventually own an instrument. With each rental payment made, you are building up "rent credit" that can be used toward purchasing either the instrument you are renting or an instrument of greater value for the individual who is using the instrument. For additional information about rent credit and how it works, current rental customers are encouraged to contact Ellis Music by phone during business hours.
It depends on the purchase price of the instrument you are renting, but renting until you own on average takes between 3 and 6 years. You are always welcome to contact Ellis Music for a payoff quote. Rental instruments can be purchased at any point in time, and there’s an extra discount applied when you pay off an instrument early.
Intermediate and professional model instruments are available for purchase only. However, if you are currently renting a student model instrument from Ellis Music, your rent credit can be applied toward the purchase of a more advanced instrument. Also, whether or not you rent, Ellis Music offers time payment plan options that may allow you to spread out payments over one or two years in order to make your purchase as affordable as possible. Contact us for additional details.
Our rental is an auto-renewing monthly contract. The rental agreement remains in effect, with rent due each month in advance throughout the calendar year, until you either purchase the instrument or you return it to Ellis Music.
Certainly! Continuing to practice and perform will make you a better musician. Your instrument rental is not tied to your school or the academic calendar, so there is no need to "turn it in" just because school is out. The monthly rental agreement remains in effect until the instrument has been purchased or returned to Ellis Music.
If you are currently renting an instrument and wish to end the rental agreement, you must notify Ellis Music and make arrangements to get the instrument back to the store. For additional information, please refer to Returning a Rental Instrument.
As stated in the rental agreement and numerous places throughout the online rental process, rental fees will continue to be charged until the instrument makes it back to the store, and it is your responsibility (as the renter) to make sure the instrument is returned to Ellis Music. Before leaving an instrument at a school for pickup by an Ellis Music representative, you need to notify us of your intention to do so. Then we can put the instrument on our school pickup list. Unless you contact us, we have no way of knowing that you want to return the instrument. If you notified Ellis Music but are still getting charged, it likely means the instrument was not available for our representative to pick up. Note that we only travel to schools when school is in session (not during the summer). For return instructions, please refer to Returning a Rental Instrument. Once an instrument has been checked in at Ellis Music, rental charges will stop accruing and automatic payments will end. Any past due balance will be charged. If a refund is due to you, it will be issued by check or returned to a credit card, as applicable.
We currently only rent instruments to individuals living in Vermont or New Hampshire. If you are moving outside of one of those states, you will need to either purchase your rental instrument or return it to Ellis Music. Customers who plan to move — whether out of state or within the state — must notify Ellis Music of their new contact information, including address, phone number, and the name of the school the student will be attending (if applicable).