Renting with Violins Etc.

Who we are

Since 1993, Violins Etc has been supporting student and professional string players in the Live Music Capital of the World. Locally owned, Violins Etc was established on the principle that high quality and low cost are not mutually exclusive.  We import wonderful sounding, hand-crafted instruments from European makers to the Austin market (and beyond) at affordable prices.

Violins Etc is staffed by experienced gigging musicians and performance majors who understand the challenges our customers face.  We are teachers and students and have a real understanding of what our customers need and want.

Strings are our specialty, not guitars, drums or pianos, and our experienced professionals set up and maintain all of our instruments here in the shop.  

Just getting started?  Looking to get back into playing?  Rocking out with a band?  Our friendly staff is eager to help you achieve your musical goals, plus we'll offer you a great cup of coffee!


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does the "rent-to-own" program work?
A: Every month, one half of the monthly rental fee goes towards purchase of the instrument. After a period of time, the instrument will be paid off via the monthly accrual. You can stop and purchase the instrument at any time and apply the equity that you have accrued towards the purchase price. If you decide to purchase the instrument in the first 30 days, we will apply all of your initial payment towards the purchase price. (first month's rent, deposit, RPP).

Q: Can I rent an instrument for a day?
A: Yes, you can! We offer short-term rentals for our instruments as well. The short-term rental is a flat fee equal to 1 month of rent for the instrument. There is a deposit also equal to a month of rent that you will get back when you return the instrument (in good condition). The short-term rental lasts up to 30 days. Please note: there is no rental protection for short-term rentals.

Q: How much does it cost to rent an instrument?
A: It depends. Different instruments will have different rental costs. Up front, you will be paying for 1 month of rent (plus a pro-rated rent fee if it applies), a deposit (equal to a month of rent), and the monthly fee for Renter's Protection.

Q: Do I need to sign up for the Renter's Protection Program?
A: We recommend signing up for our Renter's Protection Program. It covers most accidental damage, including, broken strings, bow rehairs, seasonal adjustments, etc. If something is wrong, bring it in, and we'll take a look at it! Most likely, the renter's protection will cover your issue. In the case of theft, bring in the police report, and we will replace the instrument after you pay 10% of the value of the instrument. 

Q: What if something happens to my instrument? 
A: If you have Renter's Protection, most likely, you will be covered. Otherwise, you are responsible for anything that happens to it.


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