Buying / hiring an instrument

RMT recommends the following shops for hiring and buying instruments. Please take your child with you to the music shop so they can test out variously sized instruments before you buy or hire.


Instruments to hire (brass and woodwind) and to buy (all instruments)
Hampton Hill
020 8977 7788

Old Violin Workshop

Stringed instruments to hire and to buy
Hampton Hill
020 8977 2952

Ritz Music Shop

Instruments to hire and to buy
020 8332 1488

The Music Hub

Social enterprise musical instrument and supplies business.When you buy from us you are directly supporting music education in your local area and helping transform young lives.
020 8467 6354

Buying/Hiring a Guitar

Ensure you ask for a “Nylon strung classical guitar”

As a very rough size guide, a small Year 3 child would need a 1/2 size whereas a larger Year 3 child would most likely need a 3/4 size.

  • 1/2 size: 5 – 6 years
  • 3/4 size: 7 – 9 years
  • 7/8 size: 9 – 11/12 years