Since 1864

Hickies has established itself as a popular source of instrument rentals due to our commitment to customer service and our flexible 'rent to buy' policy. We rent to all age groups and have a wide range of instruments to choose from. Renting with us is the perfect way to try an instrument without investing a large upfront cost and with our rental policy if you decide that the instrument isn’t for you then you may cancel your rental at any time after the minimum rental period. The flexibility of our ‘rent to buy policy’ gives you many options during your rental. If you decide that you want to buy your instrument or a similar model you can. Your refundable deposit is returned to you and the value of the minimum rental period is discounted from the cost of the instrument. Renting gives you time to get a better understanding of your needs. Eventually buying the instrument at the time of the minimum rental period leaves you with no extra cost incurred from initially renting.

Steps To Renting An Instrument

Take your pick from the instruments listed below and when you have chosen click 'RENT THIS INSTRUMENT'. You will be taken to the Rental Terms and Conditions which you must agree to before renting. There are two payments to be processed for all rental instruments which include, starting the monthly direct debit and paying the refundable rental deposit. First you will be presented with our GoCardless payment system to set up your direct debit. After this you will be taken to the Hickies Music Store checkout to finish the transaction by paying for the refundable deposit. You can pay for the deposit with Paypal or a debit card through our Sagepay system. We will deliver your rental instrument to you or if preferred you may collect your instrument in store.



Key Points

A Full Maintenance Guarantee – If you should ever need your instrument to be maintained during your rental simply contact us and we will arrange to collect your instrument and have your instrument playing as good as new, free of charge. All of our instruments are sent to students ready to be played and are fully setup.

No Maximum Rental Period – You can Rent your instrument for as long as you like.

A Flexible Rent To Buy Option - Use the minimum rental value as a discount towards a brand new instrument of the same class. You can get up to six months rental cost off of an instrument purchased with the rent to buy discount.

A Refundable Deposit – When you decide to terminate your rental you will receive your deposit in full providing your instrument is in an adequate condition.

A premium piano from Yamaha providing a supperb sound
Premium Acoustic Piano

Our premium piano rental offers the highest of quality for those that require more from their instruments. With high-end Yamaha and Kawai pianos available you are insured quality. Their modern build design and clear pronounced tone cannot be matched.

Rentals from £ 75 a month.

A Yamaha P116 fitted with a silent system.
Silent Acoustic Piano

Renting a Yamaha silent piano is the best choice for those that require incredible acoustic piano tones at a more manageable volume level. Due to the innovative design of the Yamaha silent you can use it as traditional sounding acoustic piano with the option to plug in your headphones and practice safe in the knowledge that the rest of the world can’t hear you. A highly recommended rental.

Rentals from £ 75 a month.

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An economical piano from Yamaha with with a great price and sound.
Acoustic Piano

Renting an upright acoustic piano is an economical way to get hold of your perfect instrument without the rather daunting upfront costs. We offer a range of acoustic pianos to account for all tastes and preferences covering a wide selection of manufactures. Fill your home with music and unlock your musical potential by renting an acoustic piano with us.

Rentals from £ 50 a month.

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A great digital piano that has all the functionallity a student or expirenced player would need.
Digital Piano

Acoustic Pianos despite their stunning tone are sometimes not practical for every environment, and we offer a fantastic sounding substitute in our range of rental electric pianos. Our Yamaha electric piano rentals are an ideal way to get a 88 keyed piano into your home at an affordable price.

Rentals from £ 35 a month.

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Offering a rich and clear tone perfect for a learning student.
(Stentor Student or similar)

Our violin rentals are one of the most affordable rental schemes available, but sound incredible thanks to the quality of the Stentor violin brand. Available in all student sizes including: full size, ¾ size, ½ size & ¼ size.

Rentals from £ 6 a month.

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With a wonderful tone, Stentor really do offer perfect cellos for students.
(Stentor student or similar)

The humble cello is a backbone instrument of any orchestra and we supply rental cellos to allow upcoming musicians the opportunity to practice & learn the cello at an incredible price. Our Stentor cellos are available in many sizes to suit all hands, such as: full size, ¾ size, ½ size & ¼ size.

Rentals from £ 17 a month.

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With such versatility and full base tone, this instrument really is a enjoyable to play.
Double Bass
(Stentor student or similar)

One of the largest instruments that we offer for rental is the double bass, this classy instrument is incredibly versatile and can be found on jazz stages and in orchestra pits alike. Our rental scheme allows players to rent and try our Stentor double basses without the intimidating upfront costs.

Rentals from £ 35 a month.

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A unique and expressive instrument, learners to musicans alike delight in playing the saxophone.
Alto Saxophone
(Yamaha YAS-280 or similar)

The alto sax is an engineering delight and has an expressive, unique tone that few instruments can match, and thanks to our saxophone rental scheme you can take a sax home for an unbeatable price. Achieve your musical ambitions today by renting a sax with us. All of our alto saxophones are made by Yamaha insuring great quality.

Rentals from £ 25 a month.

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(Yamaha YCL-255 or similar)

The clarinet is one of the most popular classical instruments that we rent, and for good reason, they sound simply divine. Our clarinet rental scheme is excellent value and allows players to experience the charm of the clarinet from the great brand Yamaha at a reasonable price.

Rentals from £ 14 a month.

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(Yamaha YFL-212 or similar)

The delicate flute has an awe inspiring tone that captures the hearts of many, and you can recreate that tone by renting a flute with us. Our Yamaha flutes are cost effective and are of the highest quality, to suit students of all ages and abilities.

Rentals from £ 14 a month.

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(Yamaha YTR-1335 or similar)

The trumpet is one of the most iconic instruments within any jazz band or classical orchestra, and you can experience its appeal and distinct tone first hand by renting one with us. Our trumpets are made by Yamaha, great quality and ready to be played.

Rentals from £ 13 a month.

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(Yamaha YCR-2330 or similar)

A staple instrument in Brass bands up and down the country, the Cornet has proven itself to be an essential instrument over years of performance. Rent one today using our simple and flexible scheme.

Rentals from £ 13 a month.

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As impressive as the empiral martch it self. The trombone is a prominent instrument in any orchestra.
(Yamaha YSL-354 or similar)

The strong, punchy tone of the trombone is as distinct as it is appealing, and due to our flexible and affordable rental scheme you can try one from Yamaha, at an incredible price.

Rentals from £ 20 a month.

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Common Questions

Q: My minimum rental period is now over and I want to buy my dream instrument, how do I go about this?

A: Simply come into store and purchase any instrument of the same class as the one you are renting and you will get your 'rent to buy discount'. Alternatively, If you would like to purchase the instrument you currently have then get in touch using the contact form below and we can give you a quote.

Q: Can I purchase a different class of instrument to the one that I am renting and still receive my rent to buy discount?

A: You can only receive your rent to buy discount on an instrument of the same class. This means that if you were renting a flute you cannot use your rent to buy discount to purchase a violin. Though we still have a wide range of makes and models to choose from in your instrument class.

Q: What quality is the instrument that I’m renting?

A: We rent out instruments from great brands like Yamaha, Kawai and Stentor. All of our instruments are maintained by a qualified technician with over 30 years experience.

Q: What happens if my instrument is stolen during my rental?

A: Unfortunately you would still be financially liable for replacing the instrument, however most home insurance policies will cover the theft of an instrument. If your home insurance does not cover this however both Allianz and Insure4music are great providers of musical instrument insurance for a minimal fee.

Q: Can I buy the exact instrument that I’m renting?

A: Yes you can.

Q: How do I terminate the rental?

A: Whether your rental was done online or in store you will need to return the instrument to either our Reading or Tiverton branch. With regards to Pianos you will need to contact us on 0118 9575771 (Reading) or 01884 257211 (Tiverton) to arrange a collection. In both circumstances the rental agreement continues until the goods have been returned to us.

Q: What happens if I terminate my rental policy but later on in the year I still want to buy an instrument? Do I still get a rental discount?

A: Yes you would still get a discount on your instrument purchase of up to 6 months worth of rental fees paid, however this is only valid within a 6 month period after your rental policy ended.

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