So you or your loved one want to develop your musical prowess and increase your appreciation? There are two options, depending upon how serious you are. You can buy an instrument for longevity purposes or rent one for a period of time. In the Baltimore area, there are places which will allow you to do both. Here are a few places from which you can rent an instrument.
Bill’s Music
743 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD 21228
(410) 788-8900
www.billsmusic.com

Located in Baltimore County, Bill’s Music has used musical instruments for the budding or economical music lover. Whether it is woodwind, percussive or brass, Bill’s is sure to have what you need. The store features a rent-to-own program, lessons, and also sells music accessories. Bill’s has been around since 1965 and is family-owned and operated. Store hours are as follows: Sundays noon – 4:00 p.m., Mondays – Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Menchey Music Service, Inc.
2444 Broad Ave
Timonium, MD 21093
(410) 453-6635
www.mencheymusic.com

Menchey Music offers keyboard, guitar, band and orchestra rentals, as well as repair services. Located in the Timonium area of Baltimore County, the store also offers lessons no matter the skill level. According to the website, you can “find a full inventory of instrument accessories and sheet music.” Store hours are: Sundays 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., Mondays – Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Music And Arts
Foxtail Shopping Center
1940 York Road
Timonium, MD 21093-4226
(410) 453-0811
stores.musicarts.com

This retail store, located in Timonium, offers rental and repair services as well as lessons. The store has been around since 1952 and offers services which cater to the musical needs of its clientele. The family-owned and operated store has continued to expand over the years, providing friendly customer service and knowledge. The store hours are: Sundays from noon – 5:00 p.m., Mondays – Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Inner Sound Studio
4132 E Joppa Road, Suite 100
Nottingham, MD 21236
(410) 256-2699
www.innersoundstudio.com

Also located in Baltimore County, Inner Sound Studio offers rentals of snare drums, trumpets, saxophones, clarinets, violins and more. In addition, the store offers repairs as well as lessons. There is also rehearsal space available. The store has been in business since 2003.

Wood Bridge Music Shop
9251 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
(410) 203-9663
www.wbmusicshop.com

Wood Bridge Music Shop, located near Baltimore, has what you are looking for in musical instruments. Services offered include rentals, sales, repairs and music lessons. There is even a back-to-school program for young musicians with an interest in music. According to its website, this “is the small shop with a big impact. With excellent instruments, great teachers and an outstanding and personable staff, Wood Bridge Music Shop is the one place for excellence and service for all your music needs.” The hours of operation are: Mondays – Thursdays from noon – 9:00 p.m., Fridays 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Vickie Lawson is a freelance writer whose work can be found on Examiner.com.

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