If you have a new year’s resolution to learn to play an instrument or just want to expand your child’s cultural experience, you can dabble in the world of music without spending a lot of money. There are places throughout the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex where you can rent a variety of musical instruments.
Young Musicians Rentals & Repairs
5901 Park Vista Circle, Suite 111
Keller TX 76244
817-741-3838
www.rentfromym.comBeing in business since 1984 has helped Young Musicians Rentals & Repairs become a well-respected rental establishment in the metroplex. They carefully fit each student with the proper size instrument and offer different rental plans. If a student needs to go up in size, for example, a young child that plays the violin and grows will need a violin up-sized for them. Young Musicians Rentals & Repairs handles those adjustments, makes repairs and can recommend qualified instructors.

Dallas Strings
20 E. McDermott Road
Allen, TX 75002
469-675-0085
www.dallasstrings.comDallas Strings offers orchestra instruments only for rental in three-month and 12-month programs. With the 12-month program, you pay for 10 months and receive two months rental for free. The rental agreements cover repairs such as broken strings, bridges and bows. They can make arrangements to deliver the instrument to your child’s school for the beginning of the school year.

Ellis County Music Center
1568 N. Hwy 77, Suite 102
Waxahachie, TX 751659
972-937-5300
www.elliscountymusiccenter.comIn the southern sector of the DFW area is Ellis County Music Center. They offer three-month rentals of flutes, clarinets, alto saxophones, trumpets, trombones and trigger trombones. If you love playing so much they will apply the rental amounts you have paid toward the purchase of your instrument. This is a musical high note for parents that don’t want to invest in an instrument for their child who just wants to try it out and not make a long-term commitment.

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Fiddle & Bow Music Company
136 Spring Creek Village
Richardson, TX 75248
(972) 458-2980
www.fiddleandbow.comNestled in Richardson — if you blink, you might miss it. The small shop at Coit and Beltline has a lot to offer. Fiddle & Bow Music Company offers reasonably priced monthly rentals of violins and violas, which includes maintenance such as repairing broken strings. They also offer appraisal, restoration and repair of violin family instruments. Straight shooting, no-nonsense advice is what you will find at Fiddle & Bow Music Company.

Lone Star Percussion
10611 Control Place
Dallas, TX 75238
(214) 340-0835
www.lonestarpercussion.comAll things percussion are available at Lone Star Percussion. You can rent marimbas and xylophones. Whether you are a member of a church, marching band or a concert musician, Lone Star Percussion offers all the items a percussionist would ever need. They also have drum repair, cymbal trade-ins, gongs, Latin, world percussion and special effects instruments.

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