Should you buy or rent a marimba?

by Steve Weiss Music on July 16, 2012

Many customers contact us to see if we offer marimba rentals.  We may rent marimbas at some point, but up until now we’ve always suggested that you purchase a marimba instead of renting one.  In our opinion, renting a marimba should not be used in place of financing a purchase.  Here are a few points to consider:

  • Over the last 5 years, the price of a 4.3 octave padouk marimba has gone up anywhere from 5% to 40% (yes 40%!) depending on the brand.  Since we typically sell these marimbas cheaper then anyone else, you can usually sell the marimba used a few years later for close to what you paid for it.  If you rented for only 1 year, you would pay approximately $1000.  Chances are you’ll do much better by purchasing and reselling.
  • Most marimba rentals end up being for much longer then expected.  For example, if you rent senior year in high school to practice on for a college audition – chances are you are going to want a marimba to practice during the next 4 summers as well.
  • The quality and condition of the marimba you’ll get by buying one will probably be much better then the marimba rental.

These are a just a few things to consider when deciding whether or not to purchase or rent a marimba.  We normally suggest the Adams MSPV-43 Padouk Marimba or Yamaha YM1430C Padouk Marimba for most student or home practice use.  However, we have a lot of marimbas from Adams, Dynasty, Majestic, Malletech, Marimba One, Musser, and Yamaha available ranging from $1,295 to over $20,000.  If you have any questions or need any help with your purchase please give our staff a call at 888-659-3477.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Ralf Kille March 4, 2013 at 10:02 am

Hi there..
i´am looking for a used Marimba..schould have at least 4 Oktave…
You got any in stock to sell for a reasonable price..considering, that ist has to be send to germany..
Here in Europe its nearly not possible to get used marimbas..

Ralf Kille

James Mattila April 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I am a retired percussionist who is wanting to sell my mallet instruments. I am having a very difficult time finding a website to get an idea of what I should ask for each instrument. Can you be of help?
Here is what I have for sell….
1. 1943 Deagan Marimba No. 36 C-C four octaves-rosewood
2. Musser Windsor Vibraphone-Model No. 35-3 octaves F-F
3. Musser Xylophone (1968) 3.5 octaves
4. Deagan Orchestral Bells-G-C 2.5 octaves- Serial No. 1532
I would sure appreciate your expertise, or a website you might recommend to help. Thank You

Brett Ransegnola November 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Hi, James I was winter in if you’re still selling your marimba…I’m a student and really need a marimba for cheaper than retail….thanks

Jeannie Ballard December 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm

We are interested in renting a 4 octave marimba for a short period of time. About how much would that cost?

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