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Rental Instruments

Mike's Music no longer offers rent-to-own contracts.


Instrument Rental Overview

Our rental program is no longer available for sizing up on orchestra instruments due to the store closure.


School Programs/Private Lessons Rentals

Due to store closure we will no longer be doing instrument rentals after June 30th.


Rent vs. Buy

Renting and purchasing both have their pros and cons. We invite you to come in to discuss which fits your family, budget and circumstances best. Other options may be available in store only. All instruments, rented or purchased, are checked and set up by our repair technician. They are then fully serviced prior to renting. Previously used instruments are also cleaned and sanitized in this process.

Renting an instrument offers value for the parent who is unsure of their students commitment to a particular musical instrument. On Rent to Own contracts, returning the instrument cancels the contract with no obligation to pay off.

Purchasing an instrument at the discounted back to school price is a great value. For parents who like the convenience of no monthly payments and a lower overall price or who may have other students wanting to play, this is an excellent option.


Repair Contracts

Repair contracts are no longer available with rentals since the retail store is closing.



All new instruments are checked for playing condition and set up (as needed) for our climate prior to rental or sale.

Our used instrument prices are based on cosmetic value. All used instruments are checked, cleaned and repaired to playing condition.

Price of our instruments depends on what is currently in stock. We cannot guarantee a specific price or that we will have used instruments available.


New vs. Used

All instruments, new and used, rented or purchased, are checked and set up by our repair technician. Used instruments are then fully serviced, sanitized and cleaned. Both new and used instruments are discounted when purchased.

New instruments appeal to many, just as some prefer a new car to a previously owned vehicle. They are a little more costly, however, when well maintained, they require less repair for the first year.

Used instruments offer a tremendous value for many parents. Once an instrument has been rented, it is 'used'. Often you cannot tell it has been previously rented until you look closely at the case or instrument. As cosmetics are more noticeable, the price goes down and the value goes up. All previously owned instruments are kept in good playing condition and are serviced and cleaned prior to being offered for rent or sale.


Early Payoff

You can pay off your instrument early at any point in your contract instead of making monthly payments.


Changing Sizes

Orchestra instruments are not a one size fits all like band instruments. They come in different sizes to accomodate students growth. Our staff will measure you for the correct size before renting an instrument. Some teachers also size their students.

Because students grow at different rates, there is no way to know when when you will grow into the next size. Other indicators would be a change in height and/or arm length. A correctly sized instrument will insure that you are playing comfortably and in tune.



Please call, email or facebook message us to make arrangments if you need to return your rented instrument. To avoid the whole month rental fee, return your instrument before the last day of the month. Monthly rental fees are not prorated. Our computer system automatically charges the monthly rental fee on the 1st of each month.

Make sure that your instrument is in good condition, with no damage, and all parts and pieces are there. See rental – care for additional information.

Any stickers and/or markings and residue should be removed from both the instrument and case. Call us for information on how to remove and how to protect instrument during removal. A cleaning fee will be charged for instruments and cases that require extra staff time to clean.

Current Specials


Viewing by appointment now


To view fixtures or remaining merchandise, please contact us for an appointment.



We will continue to post up to date information on our store here on the website and on our Facebook page.

Upcoming Events


Locally available music books, supplies & instruments

We have moved our school music books, some supplies and a few instruments for sale to businesses in Eagle River. The Book Shelf will have music books and a few supplies. Whatnot Consignments will have a few band instruments from our rental fleet for sale. Mostly available are books for band and orchestra 6th (limited) 7th and 8th grades. Supplies, like oils, greases, reeds, etc. will also be available. Piano books used by local teachers are also available in limited supply at The Book Shelf. Contact us if you are looking for something specific and we can check our inventory.

The Book Shelf 11401 Old Glenn Hwy Ste 110E, Eagle River, AK 99577 (907) 694-4660 Whatnot Consignments 17050 N Eagle River Loop Rd, Ste 1, Eagle River, Alaska 99577 (907) 694-0722

The family would like to thank our customers for 25 years of support. Our website, Facebook and phone line will remain active indefinitely. The website will continue to be updated with detailed information on the closing and future contact information.



Regular hours have ceased

Mike's Music retail store is now closed. We have moved the rest of our fixtures still for sale. Contact us for an appointment to view and/or a list of what is still available. Please call 694-MIKE(6453). The phone now rings to a message line when we are not available to answer it. Messages are sometimes garbled, so we recommend an email or Facebook contact to make return contact more guaranteed. You can also make an appointment by messaging us on Facebook .... Facebook/mikesmusicak or by email

Available are store fixtures, repair tools, repair equipment, repair items, equipment, furnishings, storage racks, display hooks, file cabinets, folding tables, desks, etc. We are maintaining a listing on Craigslist for unsold items. Search 'display cases or pegboard' and you will also see pictures of many items.

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