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Should you buy or rent a marimba?

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.

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  • Ralf Kille March 4, 2013, 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, 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, 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, 4:40 pm

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

  • John August 12, 2014, 5:14 pm

    Hi, Does anyone know where I can sell my used Musser M240 Studio Grand Marimba in excellent condition? I’ve moved into a different area of music and I don’t have time to play much anymore.

  • Guy Maxwell January 29, 2015, 3:14 pm

    Dear Steve,

    I recently came across your website as my grandfather is looking at getting his Marimba restored.
    He would eventually like to sell it, and he wants to ensure it is in good-as-new shape.
    He says it is from circa 1900, and with an origin in Mexico.
    We didn’t find any distinctive markings on it, besides the marquetry, so that’s about all the information I can give you at present unfortunately.

    May I ask what type of restoration service you would recommend, and how much that would cost?

    Thank you very much, have a lovely day.


    Guy Maxwell

  • Gary Andregg November 20, 2015, 1:46 am

    We have an all wood 4.3 Marimba we picked up in southern Mexico(Chiapas) at a factory that made Marimba’s.It is a beautiful instrament,like new & not scratched up.We would like to sell it,do you purchase them or could you give us some advise on how to sell it.Thank you.Gary

  • Indy December 18, 2015, 11:14 pm

    Anyone interested for selling Marimba as looking for my son who wants to practice at home and not able to find any rentals closeby. Located in NJ close to Princeton

  • Sidney C Stojak May 16, 2019, 12:22 pm

    I live in West Florida and ive been looking for a practice marimba for at home use, but there are none near by that are at a reasonable price because of shipping and tax. Do you have any suggestions for places I can look? I need a 5.0 octave marimba, so i know those are hard to come by.

  • Steve Weiss Music September 18, 2019, 1:49 pm

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