General Information

Delivery Services

Lisle Violin Shop representatives service over 25 public school districts in the Greater Houston and surrounding areas, in addition to a number of private schools and studios. Our expanded service area includes frequent service to Beaumont, Belton, Brazosport, Bryan, College Station, Hays Consolidated ISD, Kilgore, Killeen, Longview, Manor, Marshall, Midway, Nacogdoches, Temple, Tyler, Waco, and the Greater Austin area.  Most schools receive a service call on a weekly basis. New orders, larger size instruments, or supplies our customers need can be arranged for drop off at school to your child’s orchestra director. We are also able to pickup instruments which need repairs and provide you with a complimentary loaner instrument while we complete your repair in a timely fashion. To make arrangements for delivery services, please call one of our locations or email us. 

Instrument Sizing

String instruments come in fractional sizes to meet the needs of children who are still growing. If your child has yet to reach adult heights, it is very important to obtain the correct size instrument. Many beginners will struggle on instruments that are too large, and this may lead to posture problems. Since the size is not dependent on age or height it is necessary to see the child in order to size him or her. For most parents with children participating in school programs, the orchestra teacher can size your child to the appropriate instrument. Or if you are able to make a trip to one of our shops, our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to assist you with sizing.


Protection Plan

Lisle Violin Shop offers the Protection Plan Program for all of our rentals and for select instrument outfits under $1800. Instrument outfits must have been purchased directly from Lisle Violin Shop to be eligible for coverage. Customers may purchase coverage for violin or viola outfits on a yearly basis for $72.00 (plus tax) per year.  Customers with cello or bass outfits may purchase coverage for $120.00 (plus tax) per year. See Protection Plan Terms and Conditions for more information about coverage and limitations.



When renting or purchasing an instrument for the first time, some supplies are essential to have to ensure the player's success.  Most teachers will have a list of supplies to go along with the instrument outfit.  The most commonly requested items are a shoulder rest (for violins and violas) or an endpin rest (for cellos or basses), a music stand, music books, and metronome/tuners.  If you are unsure of what supplies you will need, please consult your teacher or one of our knowledgeable staff members to help you select the correct items for your instrument.


Our Selection of Instruments

Our stock of instruments for rent and for purchase is continually evolving with the current market to ensure that we can offer our customers the best quality instruments at affordable prices. In addition to student level instruments we also offer a variety of fine instruments for advancing players. Our inventory includes new and older instruments as well as consignments that are available for purchase. We understand that the process of purchasing an instrument can be overwhelming which is why our sales staff is comprised of players and teachers with many years of experience who are able to assist you in finding an instrument or bow.


Accepted Forms of Payment and Financing

Lisle Violin Shop accepts cash, checks, money orders, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Lisle Violin Shop also offers payment plans on instrument purchases with approved credit.


Instrument Care and Maintenance

Stringed Instruments require regular care and maintenance including changing strings, rehairing bows, and other minor repairs. For more information regarding do’s and don’ts for maintaining a stringed instrument, please see our General Care and Maintenance sheet.