We have rented from the Violin Maker's Workshop for three years. They were the cheapest renter in the area. They rent quality instruments and promptly address any repair issues. They offer a generous equity program and we just purchased a nice full-sized instrument for our daughter at an amazing price. The owner makes his own instruments but these are only for sale not rental. My only complaint is there have been a few book keeping issues like our credit card on file would not ring through there (but everywhere else) but these were easily resolved through a phone call. Otherwise, we have been quite pleased.