First of all, do ask your child’s teacher what size of instrument would be suitable for them. This is particularly the case for stringed instruments but can be the case for others as well!
Hiring an instrument can sometimes be a good option; especially if your child may need a larger sized instrument or would like to try something out before committing.
Harrow Music Service have given all of their instruments to Harrow schools, so if your child is having lessons with a HMS teacher in a Harrow school, there is an option to hire an instrument from your child’s school (subject to stock availability). Please contact your school for more information.
Herga Music - A wide range of instruments and accessories
Unit 8, 64-66 Akeman Street, Tring, HP23 6AF
Phone: 07767 634 540
Musical Cocktails - Specialists in woodwind and brass instruments
25 Greenhill Crescent, Unit 15 Watford Enterprise Centre, Watford, WD18 8XU
Phone: 01923 510 103
Pat Jennison- Cello hire
Phone: 020 8868 6508
Stompbox - Leading in guitars and guitar equipment
35 The Broadway, Joel Street, Northwood, HA6 1NZ
Phone: 01923 841 271
The Music Dept - Specialises in guitars and drums
130 London Road, St. Albans, AL1 1PQ
Phone: 0844 478 0607
John Myatt – Woodwind and brass
55 Nightingale Rd, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1RE
Phone: 01462 420 057
ABC Music Fulham – A range of instruments, accessories and music available for sale and rental
592 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5NT
Phone: 020 7731 0049
Musicale Ltd - Offers what they consider to be the ‘best value for money’ instruments for students
Homecroft, Sun Lane, Harpenden, AL5 4GJ
Phone: 01582 769712
Umbrella Music – A large range of instruments available to buy or hire
Phone: 020 7859 4579
DV Music Village - Musical instruments, recording studio equipment and pro audio
Phone: 01708 771 950
There are many other retailers and suppliers online. Just ask your child’s music teacher for advice about the best make to get.