We are proud to rent fine instruments, set up by our luthiers, to professionals and students. Our student instruments are high-quality and fun to play, a time-tested aid for productive practice and creative inspiration.
Beginner Bass Rental Rates
- Beginner Student Plywood Bass: $80/month
Professional/Advanced Bass Rental Rates
- Professional Carved Bass: $150/day, $350/week, $1225/month (includes: cover, rosin, and Realist pickup)
Flightcase Rental Rates
- Fiberglass Bass Flightcase: $100/day
Maintenance & Damage
Renters do not pay for normal wear and tear, for example a bow rehair or an open seam. Renters who are uninsured must pay for structural damage, for example a broken bow, top crack, or broken neck.
Avoid excessive heat, cold, dryness, and humidity. Keep the instrument indoors (never leave it in a car on a hot day). To avoid cracks resulting from particularly dry weather, you can keep a wet paper towel in a punctured plastic bag in the instrument case to act as a humidifier, or you can use a DampIt, which we sell online and in the shop.
Don’t leave your bass leaning against a wall. For cellos and basses, put the endpin as far into the instrument as possible when you’re done playing, to minimize the likelihood of kicking or tripping over it. Pick up cellos and basses by the C-bout corner, not with the f-holes.
Wipe off the strings, otherwise, rosin will build up and degrade the resonance of the strings, and it will leave residue. Try not to apply too much rosin; you only need to apply more when the bow is not adequately pulling the strings.
Strings should be changed every six months for daily players, or yearly for occasional players. New strings may need an hour or two of playing time to break in.
When changing strings, do so one at a time. The bridge is not glued onto your instrument, but rather held in place by tension, so loosening all the strings at once will cause the bridge to fall, and possibly cause the soundpost to fall inside the instrument’s body. The placement of the bridge and soundpost are very important, so be sure to let one of our luthiers or someone with the proper training adjust these items for you.
If you notice a crack or an open seam, don’t try to glue it yourself. Cracks should be repaired by one of our luthiers as soon as possible to minimize damage. Likewise, if you hear a buzz when you play or if you notice anything else out of sorts, please bring it into the shop.