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Rental Guide


A Service Network

Potomac Music is able to replace strings, tune your instrument, offer instrument accessories such as cello rock stops and rosin, and more!

A Perfect Fit

For the cello, it’s very important that the instrument’s size be matched to the player. When renting, you have the opportunity to exchange for larger cellos as necessary, so a growing cellist can always have the right size instrument. We can help size them appropriately before renting.

A Path to Ownership

Your rental payments will accrue credit that can be used to buy out your cello or even purchase a more advanced model. This way, you can enjoy the benefits of renting and still end up owning the instrument that is best suited to the player.

Professional Preparation

Our rental cellos are in perfect playing condition, meaning that they have been previously played and expertly set up for top performance.

Care Tips for Your Cello

The next step after deciding to rent a cello is to read up on care and maintenance techniques so you can keep it in great shape after it arrives. Here are some basic pointers to get you started.

Before and After Playing:

  • Apply rosin to the bow before playing, and wipe down the strings afterward with a soft cloth to remove any build-up left behind.

Storage Tips:

  • Always keep the cello in its case when not in use, and turn it so the front faces the wall while it's stored. This will help prevent the bridge from being moved if somebody bumps into it.
  • Extreme heat, cold, dryness or humidity can all cause damage to the cello's wood, so store the instrument at room temperature and where the humidity is not too high or too low.

We offer the brands that local teachers trust

Many of our public school educators in our area require their students to play specific brands of instruments.

We provide trusted brands like Yamaha, Conn-Selmer, Buffet Crampon, Capital Edition, Giardinelli, Strobel, and more that your child’s teacher will love!

How do Potomac Music instrument rentals work?


Choose an instrument with your child


Click here to begin your online rental with our trusted supplier.

Our rentals are supplied and serviced by Music & Arts in Frederick, Maryland.


Pick up here

After you have completed the online rental order, your instrument will be ready for in studio pick-up! We will give you a call when it is ready (usually within minutes of receiving your order.)

Are you ready for your instrument?

Please click the link to rent your instrument now! You will receive a call and text from us when it's ready for pick up.

Click here now to complete your rental online for easy in-studio pick-up!