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*We are currently only able to rent to OTS students at this time.  

New Renters for the upcoming session: 

We will do our best to have as many rentals available for the new session, but we are currently a bit limited on our supply of rental instruments. When you sign up for your class on-line, please indicate if you need a rental. Or, you can send an email to rentals@oldtownschool.org to let us know. Rentals are available at our store in Lincoln Square (4544 N Lincoln) during the first week of class, and payment is required at the time of pickup. If you are taking a class at one of Old Town School's other locations, please make arrangements to pick up your rental before your first class, up to a week in advance, at the Old Town School Music Store.

Current Renters Re-Renting instruments:
If you are currently renting an instrument and planning on renewing, please call us the last week of this session to make a payment.   We can be reached at  773-751-3398 from 11am-5pm Monday-Saturday. 

Returning your rental:
You can drop off your rental at our Lincoln Square store between 11am and 5pm Monday - Saturday. Call 773-751-3398 when you arrive and we can let you in. Please wipe down your instrument with a non-bleach cleaner before returning.  Feel free to give us a call at the store if you have any questions. 



Available Rental Instruments for our Students 

All prices are for an 8-week rental, coinciding with our session dates, for current Old Town School students. All rentals include a carrying case. You can make a reservation on-line when registering for your class, or you can call the Old Town School Music Store at 773.751.3398 to reserve your rental.

  • Autoharp - $65

  • Banjo - $65

  • Bass, Electric - $65

  • Conga - $65

  • Djembe - $65

  • Guitar, Acoustic or Electric - $65

  • Hammered Dulcimer (limited qty) - $65

  • Squareneck Resonator - $65

  • Mandolin - $65

  • Adult Violin - $65

Kids' Violin Rentals:
While we have many of the books, shoulder sponges, rosin, and replacement strings that are needed for Kids' Fiddle classes in the Old Town School Music Store, we do not rent kid-sized fiddles. However, the following folks rent violins and will help with sizing and pricing (scholarships sometimes available ):

  • Wargaski Violins,  1705 N. Ashland Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 — 773-426-7531 (Rental Partner)

  • A440, 2222 West Roscoe, Chicago, IL 60618 — 773-348-4949

  • Seman Violins, 4447 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60076 — 847-674-0690

Accordion rentals:  
We suggest renting accordions from Romangoli Accordions,  5510 W 95th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 — (708) 422-2992

Other FAQs
Can I apply my rental fees toward the purchase of a new instrument?

If your rental account is in good standing when you return your instrument, two thirds of your rental fees can be applied toward purchase of a new instrument of the same kind. (i.e. If you're renting a violin, your credit may only be applied to a new violin - not to a guitar, banjo, books, or accessories.)

How do I tune this crazy thing?

Tuning your instrument will be among the first skills you'll learn in class. You can pick up a digital tuner in the store when you pick up your rental. (Or order online and pick it up when you come in.)  But, until you get the hang of it, you can bring your instrument into the Old Town School Music Store and we can help you figure it out.

What if I break a string?

Once the instrument is issued to you, you are responsible for all maintenance and repairs (including new strings). If you need help changing a string, we'll be happy to help. We can usually change a single string while you wait.

What if I break something bigger?

Again, you are responsible for your instrument for the duration of your rental contract. But don't fret! (You'll get that joke later) Almost anything can be fixed. We understand that accidents happen and will work with you if anything unfortunate should happen to your rental instrument.


What if I don't see something on the list I need for my class?

If you don't see something on our rental list that you need, it is likely that we have it available for purchase in the store.  If not, we can definitely point you in the right direction.