529 W. Main St.
Meriden, CT 06451
JC Music has always taken music education seriously, which is why it has become a favorite of teachers in central Connecticut. Many of its employees have taught music themselves, and it boasts that all its instruments are endorsed by school band and orchestra leaders. They include both new and used instruments, with rental packages starting as low as $30 for smaller items like flutes and clarinets to $110 for tubas and French horns. Instruments may be picked up at the store or can be shipped for free to the student’s home or school, and JC Music even offers a complimentary lesson with each rental.
421 Main St.
Manchester, CT 06040
Founded twenty years ago on Summit Street, Manchester’s Summit Studios has since relocated to Main Street, but it still maintains its original mission of promoting a love of music among students of all ages. Not only does it have a staff of experienced, talented instructors who offer lessons, it carries an array of instruments to rent. Four-month rental agreements range from $34 to $100 depending on the instrument, and insurance is included. Select students also have the option to purchase their instrument at a reduced price when their term is complete.
19 Governor St.
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Since 1970, Ridgefield Music has been the premier spot in southwestern Connecticut for both music lessons and instrument rentals. Among their top bargains are three-month deals for aspiring guitarists who can get an acoustic at $70 or an electric for $85. Microphones and related accessories may also be rented for $10 a day, while amplifiers are just $50 for three months. Ridgefield Music has rent-to-own arrangements for their instruments as well.
881 Main St.
Manchester, CT 06040
The music shop that was started over sixty years ago by professional big band saxophone player Ray Beller continues to demonstrate first-rate customer service. It makes renting instruments easy with flexible plans that include monthly options starting as low as $26. Beller’s also offers three-month specials along with schoolyear packages that cost from $160 to $400. Its other services include lessons, instrument repair, accessory sales, and it even hosts free concerts by local musicians.
440 Main St.
Middletown, CT 06457
Middlesex Music Academy joins with Music & Arts to acquire the highest-quality instruments for school bands and orchestras. You can rent on a monthly, four-and-a-half-month and nine-month basis at a cost of $32 to $140 for smaller instruments, $50 to $200 for alto saxophones, oboes and cellos, and $60 to $300 for heavier brass instruments. Middlesex Music Academy also provides one-on-one music instruction from professional teachers and teaches classes in cleaning and maintaining your instruments. And it is open during the weekend for emergency repairs so students will always be ready to rehearse at the start of the school week.
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