The Seattle music scene keeps evolving and growing up. Local music stores support this ever growing scene and rent out instruments to students and professional musicians alike. All these businesses also offer professional staff to assist customers in find the perfect instrument.

Kennelly Keys Music
4918 196th St. S. W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(800) 426-6409

Kennelly Keys is a locally owned chain of music stores in Seattle and the surrounding area. The first store opened in 1960 and continues to support the local musical community. The staff is known for their knowledge of the musical instruments and great customer service. They carry woodwinds, brass and string instruments for all levels of experience. Instruments are available for purchase or rental. There are locations in Northgate, Everett, Tukwilla and Bellevue.

American Music
4450 Fremont Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98203
(206) 633-1774

American Music is all about guitars, keyboards and drums. Whether looking for acoustic or electric instruments, this store carries top brand names. Their expert staff, who are working musicians, help customers select the right instrument. Pro audio equipment, such as lighting, recording and live sound, are in stock and can be rented or purchased. This establishment is located in the Fremont district, and it opened its doors in 1973. They are also open seven days a week.

Metropolitan Music
8414 5th Ave. N. E.
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 729-9299

Metropolitan Music is a family owned and run business located in Seattle and Kirkland. They opened in 2004. This store specializes in band and orchestra instruments, which are used in school programs. The owners are well-versed in music and working with schools. Their focus is on delivering great customer service, sharing knowledge to select the correct instrument and helping the customer through the process. Rentals are month to month and on a rent-to-own plan. They offer a generous step-up plan for payments on a current instrument.

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Lasley Violins
2405 N. W. Market St., Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 378-0233

Lasley Violins is a small business in Ballard that specializes in violins, violas and cellos. Owner Duane Lasley is in the violin building business. He understands the mechanics and temperament of the instruments he sells. This store does not sell instruments online. The store’s focus is on the correct instrument for the client, fitting their experience level and budget. Rentals are professionally set-up with good strings and a bow. Instruments from Europe, Japan and China are part of the rental program for this establishment. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Ted Brown Music
1006 N. E. 50th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 622-0171

Ted Brown Music’s Seattle location is in the University district. This store offers purchase or rentals, either online or in the store. Their product line encompasses band and orchestra, keyboards, percussion and instruments with frets. Other products include lighting, DJ equipment, recording and sound equipment. The friendly staff is customer service oriented. This is one of the biggest stores that rent to students in school music programs. Rentals are month to month, and the accrued payments can be applied to purchase. The store is open Monday through Saturday. On a historical note, the original store opened during World War II in downtown and specialized in pianos.

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