Long Term Piano Hire Try before you Buy

Piano Hire

We hear a lot of people say that they would like to play the piano, but cost of owning one can be expensive and so often puts people off. Piano hire is the most cost effective way to own a piano, which meets your needs in terms of budget and quality and gives you the opportunity to see if it is something that you or your children wish to continue in the long term, without making a financial commitment. Piano hire enables you to have a piano in your home for all the family to enjoy and learn if the piano is the right instrument for you before buying a piano.

Why hire a piano? Often we hear of people who have started to learn, and have bought a cheap piano either from their local paper, or from an auction, and when they have used it for a while find that there are sticking notes, or it won't stay in tune which inevitably puts them off playing.
There are many advantages in hiring a piano as a preference to outright purchase.
The most frequent is when parents have young children starting out on their first lessons, and hiring a good piano can act as an incentive to the child to practice, and to continue playing. The decision to purchase is then a result of making sure the child really enjoys playing the piano, and finds it fun and rewarding. Piano hire is a great way to try before you buy.
Music college students and adult beginners also form a large part of our client base, together with re-learners who were interrupted, and feel they actively missed out on this experience, and now have more time to dedicate to it.....a great example is a rather well known politician who is studying with Lola Perrin our Composer in Residence.

We specialise in piano hire in London, the south east and the UK, since we helped to pioneer the concept of Piano Hire with the Option to Buy in the 1960's and provided them to many private homes, restaurants, and institutions. Our Piano Hire scheme is very flexible, and we are here to give you good advice.

  • Good quality instruments
  • Flexible
  • Affordable
  • Inflation proof hire fees

How much does it cost

Prices for hiring a piano start from as little as £30.00 per month. Piano Hire fees are payable initially in advance for the first 6 months, thereafter they can be paid by monthly Standing Order. We do not require a deposit, just the hire fees and the transport charges, and we do not force you to have your piano tuned (though it is highly recommended to ensure pleasure is gained from playing). Piano hire enables you to have a quality piano delivered to your home for all the family to enjoy and to learn if the piano is the right instrument for you or your children before buying a piano

There is no direct correlation between the price of the piano and the relative hire fees, but pianos costing around £1500 will have hire fees in the region of £40 per month, where pianos costing £4000 would have hire fees around £80 per month.

What are the delivery charges

The basic cost of delivery and collection is £80.00 each way if the piano is being delivered within the M25 radius and provided there are no stairs for the piano to be carried up from the road level. Charges involving stairs are calculated at the time of hiring, but they are not exorbitant.

What is the contract period ?

Our minimum period for a long term hire is 6 months, with the piano hire fees and the delivery and collection charges payable in advance. This is a rollover contract, and you will be invoiced in advance for subsequent periods after the initial contract period has finished.
NB The minimum hire period for new or silent pianos is 6 months

Can I buy the piano ?

We offer a very attractive Option to Purchase Scheme whereby a percentage of the hire fees you have paid can be offset against buying either the piano you are hiring, or any other piano. The maximum rebate will be equivalent to 6 month's hire fees. Should you decide to take up the option to buy the piano you are hiring, we will also deduct the collection fee. These deductions will be made from the original purchase price quoted at the commencement of hiring.

Note : Option to Purchase rebates are NOT applicable to purchases of Digital pianos

At a Glance

  • Select from a large range of quality secondhand instruments
  • Try the piano for as long as you wish
  • No obligation to purchase the instrument
  • Hire fees are very reasonable
  • No hidden charges or deposits
  • Students can get started with minimal outlay
  • Attractive Option to Purchase Scheme
  • Option rebate is transferable to another piano

Child-at-piano "Markson Pianos have been our partners since 2002 providing their pianos for our music concerts and educational projects as well as impartial advice on concert venues. For over seven years we have been happily using the services of Markson Pianos on a regular basis and we are very impressed with their high professionalism and the exceptional quality of the instruments they offer." - Musica Nova Productions Ltd

keyboard-hire We also hire the Kawai CL36 digital piano as we have found it to be one of the best starter keyboards, for those who have the constraints of late night practice. or just an issue of space

Pianos for Hire Listing

Upright Pianos for Hire Listing

Grand Pianos for Hire Listing

Hire Fee Calculations

The grid below shows the basic calculations for hiring different types of pianos. The transport charges for delivery and collection (charged in advance together) have been calculated for a ground floor delivery within the M25 radius. Where stairs are involved these are charged at an additional £50.00. Deliveries outside of theM25 bear additional mileage charges which are calculated at the time of hiring.
The prices shown are for guideline purposes, and will vary according to the instrument you select.

Piano Type Monthly Hire Fee (x 3) Transport Charges Total Payable
Secondhand small upright £30.00 £160.00 £250.00
Better quality small upright £40.00 £160.00 £280.00
Larger quality upright £50.00 £160.00 £310.00
Baby grand £100.00 £220.00 £520.00
Boudoir grand £200.00 £220.00 £820.00

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Please give us a ring on 020 7935 8682 for more information regarding hiring a piano or complete the contact form.

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