Rental Program Levels

We have a comprehensive rental program that gives students of all age’s access to instruments that meet their needs, are crafted to our standards, and are professionally set up and maintained. Having a quality instrument will make playing easier and more rewarding for all.

We offer three levels of violins and violas, and two levels for cello. Our rental program is incredibly flexible and enables students to earn rental equity towards a future purchase. All rentals come complete with instrument, bow, case, bag tag and rosin. We also offer comprehensive insurance to give parents and adult students alike a peace of mind. In addition, we always offer easy exchanges if you need to change sizes or rental level at any time during your rental.

Standard Rentals - Violin and Viola

An excellent choice for a new violin or viola player. Our standard rentals feature Eastman 80s and 100 outfits

  • Professionally set up, ensuring maximum response
  • Ease of playing
  • Available for violin and viola
  • Complimented with an elegant fiberglass Holtz bow and shaped case

Advancing Rentals

Violins and Violas

A perfect option for an advancing student or the beginner who wants to quickly experience the responsiveness and sound quality of a higher level instrument. Our advancing rentals are wonderful step up instruments. Our advanced rental violins and violas feature our Modelo Italiano* or a comparable instrument.

  • A superior wood selection
  • Finer attention to graduations with a setup that makes a significant difference in response
  • A difference you can feel and hear
  • Greater ease in playing
  • A beautiful tone enhanced with a warm brown antiqued varnish with amber undertones
  • Paired with a step up carbon fiber bow and a lightweight dart shaped case with integrated backpack straps and room for shoulder rest storage


Our cello rentals start with an advancing option. Many rental or beginner cellos have plywood backs, which makes resonance and responsiveness difficult to achieve. Our advancing rental cellos are an obvious step up that will help the beginning or advancing cello player quickly achieve a resonant sound.

  • Fully carved from solid maple and spruce woods
  • Responsive with a satisfying tonal quality
  • Will ensure both the beginning and advancing student a wonderful opportunity to experience the joy and satisfaction of playing the cello
  • Paired with a step up carbon fiber bow and soft cello bag

Master Rentals

Sullivan Violins offers a limited number of violins, violas, and cellos from our sales stock for rental. Our Master Level rentals feature our Jay Haide a l’ancienne or comparable instruments. This level of rental enables a player to experience a great instrument while building up rental equity towards purchase.

  • Hand selected, professional quality instruments
  • Beautiful tonal quality and powerful projection
  • Individually set up at Sullivan Violins
  • Paired with a responsive woven carbon fiber bow
  • Violin and Viola outfits paired with either a lightweight oblong or dart shaped case.
  • Cellos are rented with a solid case for enhanced protection.

Easy Month to Month Rentals

Following an initial minimum three month period, Sullivan Violins offers a month to month rental program with automatic billing to a credit card or checking account. You can terminate the rental agreement at any time by returning the instrument to Sullivan Violins. No refunds are given for the initial three month period or partial month thereafter.


We have rental customers all over the country and can ship anywhere in the continental United States. Unfortunately, we cannot offer shipment of Master Level Rental Cellos beyond a 150 mile radius from Rochester, NY.

Rental Shipping Rates
Cellos 1/10$35
Cellos 1/8 - 4/4$90

Home Delivery - Rochester Metro Only

Live locally but can’t make it downtown to pick up a rental? We will deliver to your home or office in the Rochester metro area. Fee for home delivery by courier is $15

Rental Accessories

Sullivan Violins carries a complete assortment of accessories to complete your rental outfit. Current renters are eligible for an extra 10% discount on any accessories from Sullivan Violins.*

Typical Accessories needed for beginning students:

  • Suzuki Method book and CD
  • Essential Elements
  • I Can Play Music
  • Music Stand
  • Shoulder Rest or Sponge
  • Cello strap or pinstop
  • Tuner or Metronome/Tuner Combo
  • Polish Cloth

Get Started Now

Click Here to fill in our rental request form online, or call Sullivan Violins to complete the rental process! 585-325-7250.