Forte Instument Rental Rates


The rates below for violins, violas, cellos and basses represent the TOTAL monthly payment amount including Sales Tax (for Texas residents) and Protection Plan. Currently we have economy, intermediate, and advanced level instruments available for rent through our online rental. For information and availability on elite and premiere rentals, please call 713-526-4005 or 281-487-7303.


VIOLIN RENTALS

At Lisle Violin Shop, we are constantly looking for the best instruments available for the best prices.  To that end we stock a wide variety of violins to meet the needs of all of our customers. For our violin rentals, we have five different levels of rentals available listed below: 


STANDARD STUDENT RENTAL
This level includes the New Model 96 and the Used Models 96, 116, and 106. Also included at this rate are a number of high quality violins and violas with excellent tone that have been reduced in price due to repairs or appearance. All violins in this category are guaranteed to be in excellent playing condition.

 

USED - $20.00 per Month                    NEW - $25.00 per Month


DELUXE STUDENT RENTAL
This is our most popular level for beginning violinists. New Model 112s and a wide variety of used models are included in this price range for all sizes. We recommend this level for those seeking a higher quality student instrument. (Full size violins are available in limited quantities. Please call for availability.)

 

USED - $23.00 per Month                    NEW - $28.00 per Month


ADVANCED STUDENT RENTAL
For those looking for a violin or viola with a powerful, responsive tone, this price range has a wide selection of models that are distinctive. For this level violin, we also recommend an upgrade to either a carbon fiber or brazilwood bow for only $5.00 more per month. This price range contains violins from 1/4 through 4/4 size depending on the model. Some models are only available in full size. Please call for availability.

 

USED - $30.00 per Month                   NEW - $35.00 per Month


ELITE RENTAL
This category features a variety of models including the Frank Denti, Musaica Concert, and other similarly priced violins and includes a carbon fiber or brazilwood bow upgrade.  These instruments offer a wide spectrum of sound qualities from silky and smooth to clear and brilliant to suit all preferences.  We try to maintain stock on these instruments at all times.  However, due to their popularity, stock is sometimes limited. This price range contains violins from 1/4 through 4/4 size depending on the model. Some models are only available in full size. Please call for availability.

 

USED - $45.00 per Month                    NEW - $55.00 per Month


PREMIERE RENTAL
This category includes our best violins available for rental including the Thomas Krafft and other similarly priced instruments.  We recommend this price range for those looking for an instrument with superior tone quality and projection but are not quite ready yet for purchase.  This level includes a carbon fiber or brazilwood bow upgrade.  Some models are only available in full size. Please call for availability.

 

USED - $55.00 per Month                    NEW - $65.00 per Month

 


VIOLA RENTALS

Violas come in a wide variety of sizes for different players. Standard viola sizes range from 15 to 16.5 inches. However, beginning violists often need sizes smaller than 15 inches. 14 inch, 13 inch, 12 inch, and even 11 inch sizes are common beginner sizes which correspond with violins 4/4 – 1/4 size. At Lisle Violin Shop, we use violin bodies with viola strings for violas smaller than 15 inches. This is a common practice for students who need a smaller viola. Mark Lisle and a significant number of the staff at Lisle Violin Shop are violists. Over the years we have played thousands of small violas (14” and under) and found most to be unsatisfactory. We have made experimental models and have discussed this matter with public and private teachers and have arrived at the conclusion that, in general, small violins – of the quality that we sell and rent – restrung as violas, sound better and play more easily than the deep rib models commonly sold as small violas. In our investigation, we also found that smaller viola models were generally only available as lower quality instruments. In addition, the deep ribs on these violas tended to deaden the sound rather than create a viola tone. We discovered that because small violas have a shorter length, the depth of the violin body gives better resonance on the A, D, and G strings, which violin and viola share, and which are most used by beginning violists. Of course, some instruments made as small violas are exceptions, and some violins respond better as small violas. Overall, most players are better served by choosing the appropriate size and quality violin and requesting setup as a viola.

Use the following chart to compare the violin fractional sizes to viola sizes (the inches are approximate, not exact, and simply common usage for viola sizing).

14” Viola………….4/4 Violin

13” Viola………….3/4 Violin

12” Viola………….1/2 Violin

11” Viola………….1/4 Violin


STANDARD STUDENT RENTAL 
This level includes the New Model 96 and the Used Models 96, 116, and 106 for violas 14" and smaller. For 15" and larger violas, we have New and Used Model 96s available at this level. Stock is limited for larger sizes in this price range.  Please call ahead for availability.

USED $20.00 per Month                    NEW $25.00 per Month

 

DELUXE STUDENT RENTAL 
This is our most popular level for beginning violists. Models 107, 112, and 117 are included in this price range for 14" and smaller. For 15" and larger violas, we have Models 216, 217, and 207 available.

 

USED $23.00 per Month                    NEW $28.00 per Month


ADVANCED STUDENT RENTAL
For those looking for a superior sound and competitive edge, the 212B is an excellent choice. It’s clear, strong tone projects well and makes it our most popular viola for rent. For this level viola, we also recommend an upgrade to either a carbon fiber or brazilwood bow for only $5.00 more per month.

 

USED $30.00 per Month                    NEW $35.00 per Month


ELITE RENTAL
This level includes our Model 222B and other similarly priced violas.  These instruments are ideal for students who are looking for an instrument with superior sound and projection.  The Elite Rental includes a carbon fiber or brazilwood bow upgrade. Quantities are limited.  Please call for availability.

 

USED $45.00 per Month                    NEW $55.00 per Month


PREMIERE RENTAL
This category includes our best violas available for rental.  For those customers who need a viola with powerful tone and projection but are not quite ready for purchase, we recommend this level.  The Premiere Rental comes with a carbon fiber or brazilwood bow upgrade. Quantities are limited. Please call for availability.

 

USED $55.00 per Month                    NEW $65.00 per Month

 


CELLO RENTALS

We strive to offer the best quality cellos available for the best prices.  We advise reserving cello rentals as early as possible to guarantee availability.  For our cello rentals, we have three levels of rentals available listed below:

 

STANDARD STUDENT RENTAL
At this level, we rent used Model 30 cellos.  Also included at this rate are a number of higher level cellos with excellent tone that have been reduced in price due to repairs or appearance.  Instruments at this price level in high demand are only available in limited quantities. Reserve early to ensure availability.

 

USED $32.00 per Month                    NEW $42.00 per Month


DELUXE STUDENT RENTAL
This level includes our most popular cello, the Model 312.  With its outstanding workmanship and wood quality, this cello is a lovely choice for the player seeking an upgrade from our economy level.  New Model 30 cellos are also available at this rental rate. 

 

USED $42.00 per Month                    NEW $47.00 per Month


ADVANCED STUDENT RENTAL
Our Advanced Level cello rental features our best models available for rent and includes an upgrade to a brazilwood or carbon fiber bow.  We recommend this level instrument for advancing students and players looking for a cello with a clear, robust tone that gives them a competitive advantage.

 

USED $62.00 per Month                   NEW $67.00 per Month

 


BASS RENTALS

As basses have become an increasingly popular instrument, the demand for basses and bass rentals has also risen. We receive bass orders throughout the year. However, due to the high demand, we urge those looking to rent a bass to reserve as early as possible to avoid a waiting period.



DELUXE STUDENT RENTAL
For used basses, we offer Christopher Academy Laminate basses as well as other basses currently in our inventory that are available for rent. Quantities are extremely limited for used basses of all sizes, particularly in the fall rental season. For new basses, we offer the Christopher Academy laminate bass. Christopher laminate basses are distinctive because they employ a process to shape the top and back plates as individual layers prior to pressing them into their final form. This method yields unusual stability of structure and strength of tone to the instrument with an added benefit of reducing the overall mass of the body. The ebony fingerboard and bridge adjusters add excellent playability, which is especially important to beginner bass players. Adjustment includes bridge adjusters, high quality endpin, and Helicore Orchestral strings.

 

USED $57.00 per Month                    NEW $67.00 per Month


 


© Lisle Violin Shop 2016. All Rights Reserved. Powered by Active-e