Hiring instruments

Instrumental hire is offered to County Music Service students - subject to availability.

How to hire an instrument

You may request to hire an instrument when you apply for a lesson. We will give this to you once you have completed your online registration and the instrumental teacher has contacted you.

Instruments available to hire

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Trumpet
  • Cornet
  • Trombone
  • Baritone
  • Euphonium
  • French Horn and Tenor Horn
  • Tuba
  • Guitar

Please note that we are unable to hire drum kits or keyboards.

Instrument hire (per term)

  • Violin/Viola/Guitars - £27
  • All others - £48

Instrument hire from January 2022

  • Violin/Viola/Guitars - £30
  • All others - £50

Repairs to instruments

Parents/Carers are responsible for any instruments hired from the County Music Service and will be expected to pay for loss or repairs other than wear or tear.

If a hired instrument is damaged, it should be returned to the teacher at the next lesson. They often carry out minor repairs. If they can’t fix it, they will return it to the Music Service for repair. 

Warning Never attempt to repair instruments yourself or arrange for anyone to do it for you. Specialists do all our repairs. Always take your instrument to your teacher for repair to avoid expensive mistakes.

Read our guide on how to look after an instrument (pdf format, 208Kb)

Cost of replacement

The approximate replacement costs for instruments are below.


  • Violin - £100
  • Viola - £150
  • Cello (full size) - £430


  • Flute - £460
  • Clarinet - £275
  • Oboe - £850
  • Bassoon - £3,000


  • Trumpet - £350
  • Cornet - £500
  • Trombone - £600
  • Horn - £2,000
  • Tuba - £4,000


Please arrange all-risks insurance to cover instruments hired by your child (damage is most likely to occur when instruments are unfamiliar to children).