Why rent an instrument? There are many places to get an instrument - 1) Already own it. 2) Borrow it from a relative, friend, or at school. 3) Purchase an instrument - Internet, maybe or maybe not. At a music store or second hand. 4) Benefits of renting - Low cost and excellent quality. Rental cost is applied directly to the cost of the instrument. If the student stops playing during the first few months, the expense is considerably less than purchasing an instrument.