About Rentals


You can start the rental program on-line or stop by one of our shops so our friendly staff can help outfit your student with the proper instrument. We specialize in string instruments!


Music stores are good for band -- K.C. Strings is GREAT for orchestra! We rent, sell & repair string instruments used by beginning students up through symphony professionals.

K.C. Strings Rental Program offers:


•NO INSURANCE CHARGES for instrument maintenance and accidents -- no extra charge.

•NO UPGRADE CHARGES for larger sizes.

•Selection of high quality violins, violas, cellos, & basses in all sizes.

•Credit from rental fees applied to purchase of an instrument.

•Professional repair on premises.

•Payments automatically charged to debit card, credit card or bank draft.

•You can also rent on-line from our website!

Instrument Outfits

Monthly Rental

12 Month Rental (25% Savings)





* All rental fees subject to sales tax. *Rentals outside the K.C. Metro area 12 month rental only.

Books, music stands, shoulder rests & other accessories available at extra cost.

Merriam: 5842 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS 66203 - just west of I-35 off Johnson Drive. For more directions and a map, see our website kcstrings.com/rent. Merriam Phone: (913) 677-0400.

K.C. Strings has great teachers for private lessons!


More Helpful Information


About K.C. Strings Instrument Rentals


K.C. Strings Rental Agreement

Click for K.C. Strings Rental Purchase Agreement. If you are coming to K.C. Strings to pick up your rental instrument, save time by filling the Rental Purchase Agreement at home. Bring in the filled out Rental Purchase Agreement for faster service. If you are outside the Metro Kansas City area you can order on-line.

K.C. Strings Studio offers lessons with excellent instructors for all levels of stringed instrument students. Our studio is adjacent to the shop. We're located right off I-35 and Johnson Drive in Merriam, KS, easily driveable from downtown Kansas City, Mission, Shawnee, Lenexa, Olathe, Leawood and Overland Park in Johnson County, Kansas City, KS in Wyandotte County, as well as Parkville, Gladstone, and North Kansas City, MO.

For further information about studio hours, teachers & policies, please see our lessons pages.

The most important instrument

in a student's musical

development is the first one.


Chances are, you've done some homework and you've noticed that there are lots of bargain string instruments online for purchase.

You may ask yourself, "What's the harm in getting one of these bargain instruments until my child has figured out whether they want to continue playing?"
Bargain string instruments
almost never meet the required school specifications
and frequently need repair right out of the box.  
They often have unfitted bridges, substandard strings, pegs that won't turn smoothly, warped fingerboards and other problems that must be fixed before the instrument is playable.

Many repair shops refuse to guarantee work on these instruments, because they frequently don't sound any better once the repairs are completed. So you are stuck with an unplayable instrument that has cost hundreds of dollars more than you expected it to. A poorly made instrument will actually make learning to play a frustrating experience for your student and will make it far less likely that they will continue playing.

A well made instrument has a good tone and easy mechanics that support player development, encouraging students to practice and unlocking their musical potential. The more rewarding the initial experience, the more likely it is that your child will continue to play.
At K.C. Strings, our beginner instruments are set up to ensure that your student has the best possible chance for success right from the start.

Why Your Child Needs Private Lessons.
Private Lessons - Many parents wonder if private lessons are truly necessary if their child already participates in orchestra at school. But the unfortunate reality is that it is simply not possible for a school orchestra teacher to devote focused attention to each student. This is the role of a separate private lessons instructor, who is able to work with a student on his or her specific needs, week after week. A private lessons instructor focuses on technical and expressive deficiencies, striving to correct any posture problems or bad playing habits, and carefully monitors his or her student’s weekly progress. 

It is not an overstatement to say that a student taking private lessons improves more in one month than he or she would over the course of an entire year without them. Furthermore, lessons improve the likelihood that a child will enjoy playing, devote more time to practice, and rise through the ranks of his or her school ensembles. Unlike many extracurricular activities, including sports, playing music is a gift that can be enjoyed forever — so entrust your budding musician to a private teacher who will foster his or her talents and instill a lifelong love of music!

And lest we forget: one is never too old begin lessons! Adults of all ages and skill levels benefit from individual study. It’s a terrific outlet for self-expression, to ease the stresses of daily life, and to entertain oneself, family, and friends. Find a teacher whom you’re comfortable with and who can make lessons fun!