Renting before you buy is sometimes a sage decision, and as in many instances, that is the case when it comes to learning how to play a musical instrument. It is also good practical advice if you need an instrument or two for a specific event. There’s no need to take the plunge and buy instruments outright; these stores in and around the Atlanta area are loaded with top drawer instruments that can be rented on a short or long-term basis, depending on your needs. Many bands also turn to the knowledgeable staff at these stores for advice, and you should too.
Sandy Springs Music
5920 Roswell Road D201
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 250-0406
www.sandyspringsmusic.com

Sandy Springs Music is one of the most convenient places to rent not only your band and orchestra instruments, but also instruments for school kids. There are no hassles and long-term commitments. Sandy Springs Music is all about promoting music and the arts, and they make the whole renting process easy for all involved. Sandy Springs Music also has all the accessories you need, and that includes picks, strings, reeds, cases, cables and cords. Should your instrument playing skills need a little fine tuning, Sandy Springs Music offers lessons and even camps for the youngsters.

Guitar Center Atlanta
1485 Northeast Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 320-7253
www.stores.guitarcenter.com/atlanta

If you play the guitar, you know about Guitar Center. If you are learning to play the guitar, Guitar Center has everything you need to get you started. Guitar Center sells stringed instruments, offers free introductory lessons and even rentals. Guitar Center rents sound, back line, lighting, DJ equipment and all guitars and guitar accessories. This is a one stop shopping experience, with a friendly staff tending to all you needs.

Ken Stanton Music
119 Cobb Parkway North Suite A
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 427-2491
www.kenstanton.net

Ken Stanton leads the way when it comes to rentals for band and orchestras in Atlanta and specifically in Marietta and throughout Cobb County. Ken Stanton also gives lessons, and renters can easily make their payments each month through their online portal. Ken Stanton Music started almost 70 years ago, and they have grown into the largest independent music retailer in the Atlanta area.

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Avatar Events Group
503 Amsterdam Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 589-9450
www.avatareventsgroup.com

Avatar Events Group is more than just a place to rent a needed instrument. For over 20 years, Avatar has been providing back line gear to its clients. Avatar has hundreds of amps, drums and keyboards to choose from, along with other top brand gear. The experienced staff will be happy to assist, just give a call, and they will set you up with the instruments and gear you need for your event.

Andrews Amp Lab
4511 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30338
(770) 671-0485
www.andrewsamplab.com

If you need high end music accessories or equipment, Andrews Amp Lab is your place. Every customer is guaranteed to have a positive experience at Andrews Amp Lab, and it doesn’t matter if you’re are a professional musician or just a beginner. Andrews offers rentals, repairs and even total resurrection of your vintage amp. Clients of Andrews Amp Lab include the likes of Gregg Allman, Zac Brown Band and many recording studios. Andrews Amp Lab is located right off of Interstate 285 on the top end of the perimeter, so come in and take a look.

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