We are proud to rent fine instruments, set up by our luthiers, to professionals and students. Our student instruments are high-quality and fun to play, a time-tested aid for productive practice and creative inspiration.

Monthly student renters get 2 additional months free when paying for 10 months up-front! 

Monthly student renters can apply up to 9 months of payments toward the purchase of a shop-owned instrument (restrictions apply, we do not sell the instruments in the rental fleet, and we do not offer "rent-to-own"). Rental credit remains valid for one year after the rental instrument is returned. Credit applied towards the purchase of an instrument is exclusive of any tax paid while renting. 

All rentals must be collected and returned during our business hours. Unfortunately we do not deliver; renters are solely responsible for arranging their own delivery and transportation. Trunk rental fees may apply in case of transportation via backline, airplane, truck, bus, or other non-preferred vehicle with cargo. 

Request your rental here or email rentals@davidgage.com. 

 

Bass Rental Rates

Beginner Student Plywood Bass: $55/month (3 month minimum)
Includes fiberglass bow and cover (rosin not included)
Wood bow $10/month, Realist pickup $20/month, wheel $13/month, bass stand $13/month

Mid-Level Student Plywood Bass: $70/month (3 month minimum)
Includes fiberglass bow and cover (rosin not included)
Wood bow $10/month, Realist pickup $20/month, wheel $13/month, bass stand $13/month

Advanced Student Hybrid Bass: $115/month (3 month minimum)
Includes carbon fiber bow and cover (rosin not included)
Wood bow $10/month, Realist pickup $20/month, wheel $13/month, bass stand $13/month

Professional Plywood Bass or Czech-Ease Road Bass: $67.50/day, $180/week, $645/month
Includes wood bow, cover, rosin, and Realist pickup

Professional Carved Bass: $145/day, $335/week, $1205/month
Includes wood bow, cover, rosin, and Realist pickup
*Proof of insurance required

Professional Carved 5-String or C-Extension Bass: $189/day, $425/week, $1530/month
Includes wood bow, cover, rosin, and Realist pickup
*Proof of insurance required

Cello Rental Rates

Beginner Student Carved Cello: $45/month (3 month minimum)
Includes bow and cover (rosin not included)
Wood bow $10/month, Realist pickup $20/month, cello stand $10/month

Advanced Student Carved Cello: $65/month (3 month minimum)
Includes bow and cover (rosin not included)
Wood bow $10/month, Realist pickup $20/month, cello stand $10/month

Professional Carved Cello: $105/day, $235/week, $845/month 
Includes wood bow, cover, rosin, and Realist pickup
*Proof of insurance required

Viola Rental Rates

Student Viola: $28/month (3 month minimum)
Includes case, bow, rosin, and shoulder rest
Realist pickup $20/month

Violin Rental Rates

Beginner Student Violin: $25/month (3 month minimum)
Includes case, bow, and rosin (plus shoulder rest for sizes 1/2 and up)
Realist pickup $20/month

Advanced Student Violin: $35/month (3 month minimum)
Includes case, bow, and rosin (plus shoulder rest for sizes 1/2 and up)
Realist pickup $20/month
*Only available in 1/2, 3/4, or 4/4

Realist Violin 4- or 5-String Standard: $15/day, $25/week, $40/month (3 month minimum), $65/month (less than 3 months)
Includes case, bow, rosin, and shoulder rest
A Realist pickup is built into the violin, learn more

Realist Violin 4- or 5-String Professional: $18/day, $30/week, $50/month (3 month minimum), $80/month (less than 3 months)
Includes case, bow, rosin, and shoulder rest
A Realist pickup is built into the violin, learn more

Bow Rental Rates

Fiberglass bow alone, without instrument: $20/day (bass, cello, viola, or violin)
Wood bow alone, without instrument: $40/day (bass or cello only)

Pickup, Mic, & Amp Rental Rates

Realist Bass SoundClip: $10/day, $40/week, learn more
Realist Cello SoundClip: $10/day, $40/week, learn more 
Bass Amp: $25/day

Trunk (Hard Flight Case) Rental Rates

3/4 or 7/8 Gage Case for Bass: $20/day, $125/week, click here for dimensions
4/4 Gage Case for Cello: $20/day, $125/week, click here for dimensions
If you are renting a trunk but are not renting an instrument from DGSI, there is a $125 minimum. If you are renting a trunk in addition to renting an instrument from DGSI, there is no minimum. Please call 212.274.1322 to reserve a trunk.

Insurance

Insurance is available for most rentals, and required for all professional carved bass and professional carved cello rentals. You may provide your own by adding David Gage String Instruments as "additional insured" to your policy and sending us the certificate, or you may purchase insurance through us (rates vary).

Maintenance & Damage

Renters do not pay for normal wear and tear, for example a bow rehair or an open seam. Renters who are uninsured must pay for structural damage, for example a broken bow, top crack, or broken neck.