Bronstein Music

363 Grand Avenue

South San Francisco, CA 94080

(650) 588-2502



Getting Started

So your student has decided to join the school orchestra and wants to play the cello! We here at Bronstein Music can help!


A very important part in starting to play the cello is getting the correct size for your student. Sizing is not based on what grade or age your student is, but several individual factors such as arm length and height of the student. If the cellist has never played before, it is very important that they accompany you for the rental so that we may get you the correct size. This helps with the comfort of playing the instrument and prevent potential injury, which makes a much more enjoyable experience for your student.

Instrument Rentals

For most younger students, they will be starting on an instrument that is less than full size. We highly recommend renting small cellos rather than purchasing one. Because students tend to grow fairly quickly, you would have to buy a new instrument every time they go up a size. At Bronstein Music with our rent-to-rent program, we can do a simple exchange to the next size up with no additional paperwork or payments. Once you reach the full-size cello, that’s when you would start our rent-to-own agreement and start a new contract.

Rent-To-Rent Program

If your student needs a smaller sized instrument, we rent 1/2, and ¾ size cellos as part of the rent-to-rent program.

Rent-To-Own Program

Full-size cellos are a rent-to-own instrument and can rent from $39.50 to $41 per month.

We have new and used cellos available for rent! While it may be tempting to rent a shiny new cello for your student, our used instruments are a great option as well! We offer a discounted rent-to-own price on used instruments and every previously-loved cello we rent has gone through our repair shop. They are serviced, cleaned, and ready to be played by your student.

Instrument Purchases

The simplest way to secure an full-size instrument for your student is to purchase one. While it may be tempting to look online and purchase a very inexpensive instrument, we highly discourage this. Many of these low-cost instruments can have many problems and it might cause frustration for your student, leading them to abandon their musical journey. Here at Bronstein Music, we only select tried and tested brands that our staff, BMS teachers, and local school teachers have approved.

We proudly have Eastman cellos for rentals and purchases .

We do have new cellos in stock and limited stock of used instruments. Please call for pricing and availability.


Frequently Asked Questions

My student is in the Xth grade/X-inches tall, what size do they need?

The easiest and most reliable way to determine the size needed for your student is to have them come in with you. It is very difficult to properly size your student without them!

What if my student really wants a new instrument after we rent a used one?

No worries! We can apply up to six months of your rental credit toward the purchase of a brand new instrument. This only applies if you start your rental with a used instrument.

What do you provide with the rental?

We provide the instrument, a bow, a cake of rosin, and the case. Cello stops are also available for purchase for a nominal fee.

Can I only do a rent-to-rent on a full-size cello?

All of our full-size cellos are automatically rent-to-own and you are under no obligation whatsoever to rent it to term. You can return the instrument anytime after the initial three month minimum.

Do you have the book/stand/accessory that we need?

Yes! We have the most popular band books for our area, along with music stands, and everything else on your list.