I began seriously growing my instrument collection after I finished grad school in 2007, and immediately started receiving rental requests through word of mouth. Several years later I put a small blurb on my personal website about my rental instruments and business exploded. It seemed there was a demand for this service in Boston that was not being met, so in 2013 I formally launched Boston Percussion Rentals.
My instrument collection grew as an extension of my professional demands. What this means is that every instrument I rent out, I also use for my own performance activities. My standard for rental instruments is: If I wouldn't bring it to a gig myself, I won't rent it out.
My inventory includes standard orchestral instruments, as well as drum set, a large selection of ethnic instruments, hand held instruments, and harder to find items such as hammered dulcimer, steel pan, and cimbalom. The collection includes top of the line gear from Adams, Grover, Korogi, Musser, Pearl, Premier, and Zildjian, just to name a few.
The instrument in the picture on the left is a Korogi 3.5 octave pedal glock. It has a damper pedal similar to what you find on vibraphones. Pedal glocks are quite rare although they are absolutely necessary for some repertoire. In July 2014 I got an email from the Yellow Barn Festival in Putney, Vermont. They needed a pedal glock right away to rehearse for a performance that was only days away. I knew the piece they needed it for and knew my instrument would work perfectly for them, and I delivered the glock to them personally within hours of receiving their initial email. That is the kind of service you can expect from Boston Percussion Rentals.
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Peabody Essex Museum
American Repertory Theater
Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
and many more
Request a quote today! Quote requests are responded to within one hour 90% of the time, or at the latest within 24 hours.
- Nicholas Tolle