Rental Guide


Advantages to Renting your Trumpet

For most aspiring musicians, kickstarting their musical journey begins with the purchase of their first musical instrument. When it comes to trumpets, however, this is not typically the case – in fact, most young brass and woodwind players rent their first instrument. Going with a trumpet rental has many upsides over buying one, and within this section we’ll explain why.

A Child’s Mind Can Change – Fast!

It’s a simple fact that needs to be faced – we were all kids at one point, so you’re aware of how quickly a child’s interest in something can quickly dwindle. Basically, going with a rental is a simple way to test the waters, to see how much time your youngster is willing to commit to practicing their trumpet skills, and to determine if it’s something that they want to continue with even well into their teens. And if they do lose interest, you can always have the choice of switching your trumpet with another instrument – quite often at no extra cost.

Renting Costs Less

This one is an obvious no-brainer, but renting a trumpet as opposed to buying one definitely keep more money in your wallet. Typically, trumpets have one of the lowest rental rates for band instruments. In fact, when you're ready to buy a trumpet, some shops will even allow you to apply a portion of your rental to the final purchase.

Trumpets - More Than One Type

There's more than one type of trumpet. Here's a list of the most popular kinds:

  • Bb: The type most commonly found, Bb trumpets are also what most entry-level players start with, since you'll find a wide range of instructional material and music written specifically for this trumpet type.
  • C: Used often in orchestral settings, C trumpets are shorter than B-flat trumpets and their pitch and fingering also differ slightly.
  • D: While they were more popular in the 19th century, D trumpets are still used today, but a beginner student should only go with this type if they expect to play older, Baroque-style music.

There are other types as well, but the Bb trumpet is the best one to go with if you're in the market for a younger player.

Rental Packages

Now that you have an idea of why renting is better than buying for a beginner, here's a few things to look for in the rental package itself.

Maintenance & Replacement Plan

With this plan, your trumpet can continue to play its best, and you also have the option to replace it in the event of it getting damaged or stolen. Be sure to add the Liability and Damage Waiver to your next Music & Arts rental for peace of mind.

Cleaning Kits

Most rental providers have a bundle of accessories you can purchase in addition to your rental that will save you time and money getting the supplies you need to be successful.

Return & Exchange Options

The idea of a rental is to see if the instrument is right for you. For this reason, all Potomac Music rental instruments can be returned or exchanged at any time.

Upgrade Options

Each month, you are building rental equity toward the purchase of a beginner, intermediate or professional level horn.

Taking Care of Your Trumpet Rental

  • Ensure the slides are well greased.
  • Apply a cloth to eliminate excess oil and grease. Not doing so may cause the instrument's metal to corrode over time.
  • Oil the trumpet's valves so they continue to move smoothly during a performance. This should be done 2-3 times weekly.
  • Keep the instrument in its case when you're not playing it.

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!

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