Howarth Short-Term Specialist Rental Scheme

We have frequent requests for short-term rentals that fall outside our normal rental scheme - perhaps your instrument is in the workshops for an urgent repair, but you also have a concert, or you need a bass clarinet / contrabassoon / bari sax for a single gig (though perhaps not all three at once!).


We are now offering a Short-term Specialist Rental Scheme to meet exactly this need. The instruments available are high-quality, usually professional-grade instruments, and are for hire subject to availability.

Short-Term Specialist Rental Scheme Features

  • Instruments offered are subject to availability, and at discretion of Howarth of London Ltd.
  • The hire period is 1 week exactly from whenever it is hired, eg the hire period could be from 11am Wednesday till 11am on the following Wednesday.
  • The minimum fee is 1 week’s hire fee, payment in advance. If instrument is not returned by expiry of hire, you will be charged another full week’s hire.
  • We can post to UK addresses at current charge rates.
  • Instruments must be insured by the hirer. The hirer is liable for loss or damage, even through circumstances outside the hirer’s control (we can arrange a temporary 30-day UK cover). If insured under our insurance the instrument must remain in the UK.
  • Instruments will be sent out fully serviced, and may not be taken to any other repairers during the hire period. If there are any issues when the instrument is first assembled you must contact us immediately to arrange a solution.
  • This scheme is open to UK residents only.
  • We will need to see a form of ID with a current address, preferably your passport or driving licence, or a utilities bill dated within the previous 2 months.
  • Reeds are not supplied with any instrument.

Prices (per week)

OBOE / COR ANGLAIS
Intermediate level oboe £ 50.00
Professional level oboe £ 75.00
Intermediate level cor anglais £ 50.00
Professional cor anglais £ 75.00
Professional level oboe d'amore (S5 or equivalent) £ 50.00
Professional level oboe d'amore (XL) £ 75.00
Bass Oboe £ 150.00
FLUTE
Piccolo £ 30.00
Alto flute £ 65.00
Bass flute £ 80.00
SAXOPHONES
Sopranino £ 50.00 (Chiltern)
Soprano £ 35.00 (Chiltern)   £ 45.00 (Yamaha)
Alto £ 35.00 (Chiltern)   £ 45.00 (Yamaha)
Tenor £ 45.00 (Chiltern)   £ 55.00 (Yamaha)
Baritone £ 80.00 (Chiltern)
CLARINET
Basset £ 120.00
Bass to low C £ 150.00
BASSOONS
Professional bassoon £ 100.00
Contrabassoon £ 150.00 - £200.00, depending on length of hire
Carriage Charge (if applicable)
most instruments listed above: £ 15.95
large instruments (Contrabassoon, Bass clarinet, Baritone Sax): £ 40.00
(all prices include VAT)

 

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Please contact the relevant department in our London shop to make a booking. Written quotations are available on request.

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