In the event that a Summer Programs student is in need of instrument rental or repairs services during their time in Boston, below is a list of instrument rental and repair stores in the Back Bay/Fenway neighborhood:
Berklee College of Music
While Berklee does not provide rental or repair services, the following instruments and gear are provided to students during the length of their program:
- Drummers: hi-hats, cymbals, and clutch are provided; all instruments, except steelpan, are provided
- Guitarists and Electric Bassists: amplifiers are provided, though students may wish to bring a small practice room amplifier
- Electronic Digital Instrumentalists: plan to bring a computer with Ableton Live and a MIDI Keyboard; all other electronic musical equipment is provided
- Songwriting Sessions in LA: plan to bring a computer; pianos and small MIDI keyboards are provided
- Pianists: all musical instruments will be provided
Off-Campus Instrument Repair and Rental Services
Please note: the following services are listed in order of proximity to the college, and are not affiliated with or endorsed by Berklee.
Guitar Center, two-minute walk from 160 Massachusetts Ave
159 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA, 02115 | (617) 450-4311
Guitar Center is conveniently located directly across the street from Berklee’s main dining hall. Students are welcome to peruse their extensive instrument and equipment selection as needed, many of which are available for purchase or for rent. To ensure instrument or equipment availability and to alleviate the stress of your check-in process, we recommend reserving your rental online at Guitar Center’s website ahead of your arrival to campus.
In addition to instrument purchase or rental, Guitar Center also offers a wide variety of instrument repair services. To review their offerings of repair services, please feel free to explore their Instrument Repair Webpage.
MISC: Musical Instrument Service Center, two-minute walk from 160 Massachusetts Ave
4 Haviland St, Boston, MA 02115 | (617) 241-0525
MISC Musical Instrument Service Center, located just down the street from Berklee's main dining hall, services a wide variety of instrument needs. From their Keyboard repair services, to their Guitar Repair Shop, to their Electronic and Pro Audio repair services, you are likely to find the service you need at MISC!
Virtuosity Musical Instruments, seven-minute walk from 160 Massachusetts Ave
234 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, 02115 | (617) 530-1993
Virtuosity Musical Instruments offers brass and woodwind instruments for purchase, both online and in store. They also offer brass and woodwind-specific gear, as well as general equipment, such as music stands and metronomes.
New England Violins Inc, eight-minute walk from 160 Massachusetts Ave
351 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA, 02115 | (617)-331-9066
New England Violins Inc provides its clients with a wide variety of violins, violas and cellos for purchase. At this time, their staff recommends scheduling an appointment for any serious inquiries. They offer a wide catalog of bows and accessories for purchase as well.
Wiessmeyer Violins LLC, eight-minute walk from 160 Massachusetts Ave
54 Westland Ave, Boston, MA, 02115 | (617)-262-2688
Wiessmeyer Violins LLC is known for their dedication to repairing and fine-tuning stringed instruments, including violins, violas, and cellos. In addition to their Tonal Adjustments, set-ups, and repair services, Wiessmeyer Violins does offer a small collection of stringed instruments for sale in their storefront. At this time, Wiessmeyer Violins does not offer a rental service.