HornHire specialises in quality, mainstream student wind instruments for hire in Queensland and NSW. They offer standard flutes, clarinets and trumpets from $20 per month and standard saxophones from $30 per month, as well as brand name and premium instruments, including Yamaha.

Don’t buy cheap wind instruments on the internet – hire from HornHire and get SOMETHING THAT WORKS, and KEEPS WORKING!

Why Hire An Instrument From HornHire?

Hornhire stall at community markets with family.

Tim at HornHire is passionate that each student should have the best chance of succeeding by learning on a fully functioning and tested instrument. With over 30 years in the industry, he really knows his stuff.

When you hire from HornHire, you are guaranteed to get a quality student instrument that is fully tested and functioning. HornHire hires well-known, brand-name instruments, including Yamaha, Blessing, Jupiter, and Buffet, to name a few.

To maintain quality, without the expense of known brands, they have also developed their own HornHire brand of instruments as well, which have been tried, tested and trusted now for many years.

In addition to this quality assurance,

  • All hire instruments are cleaned, sanitised and tested by a trained technician.
  • All instruments come with all of the necessary accessories – everything you need to get started.
  • You can swap and go in the event of a problem with your hired instrument (unless it’s out of stock, in which case repairs will be completed by HornHire).
  • All instruments get one FREE SERVICE per year, on request.

The Advantages Of Hiring A Wind Instrument

Hornhire brand of clarinet.

In many cases, it may be better to hire a student instrument instead of buying one, because –

It’s guaranteed to work – THIS IS A BIGGIE!

If you buy a cheap or secondhand instrument off the internet, it may not work when you get it, and could cost you hundreds of dollars for services and repairs. If you hire one from HornHire, it is guaranteed to work straight out of the case!

No Large Outlay 

You can have a HornHire musical instrument in your hands straight away, without having to consider or justify a large outlay first.

No Long Commitment

The risk of financial loss is very small, because when you hire from HornHire you can return the instrument at anytime after three months. Unfortunately, kids do change their minds (often after the parents have purchased an expensive instrument).

It’s Just Easier

Buying an instrument requires a lot of research regarding brand and model, plus knowledge of pads and other components, to make an informed choice. This gets even trickier when buying second hand – it’s impossible to tell from a photo, or even in person how good all of the components of an instrument are. Many secondhand instruments cost upwards of $200+ just to get them to function correctly.

No Unexpected Expenses

With free annual servicing and maintenance included in your instrument hire, there are no unexpected or additional expenses to be had.

Less Chance Of Your Child Giving Up

Did you know that one of the main reasons kids give up learning a musical instrument is simply because they cannot get their poorly-functioning instrument to play or sound as good as it should? This becomes particularly apparent as the student progresses beyond the first few notes.

Environmentally Friendly

Hiring a wind instrument from HornHire is a great way to be more environmentally friendly. You may be surprised to learn just how much of an eco-friendly choice hiring can be!

Range Of Hire Instruments Available

Hornhire boy playing flute.

Flutes, Clarinets & Trumpets

Standard student grade flutes, clarinets and trumpets are priced at $20 per month, or $195 per year. 

Brand name student flutes, clarinets and trumpets are priced at $25 per month, or $245 per year. 

Premium student flutes, clarinets and trumpets are priced at $30 per month, or $295 per year.


  • All flutes come with a cleaning cloth, rod and case.
  • All clarinets come with a pull-through, cork grease, mouthpiece, cap, ligature, 1 1/2 reed, case.
  • All trumpets come with a mouthpiece, cleaning cloth, case and valve oil.


Standard student grade saxophones are priced at $30 per month, or $295 per year.

Brand name student saxophones are priced at $35 per month, or $345 per year. You will receive one of these well known, favourite brand student Alto Saxes: Yamaha, Jupiter, Blessing, or similar.

Premium student saxophones are priced at $40 per month, or $395 per year. In excellent condition, you will receive one of HornHire’s premium student Alto Saxophones: Yamaha, Jupiter, Blessing, or similar.


  • All of HornHire’s saxophones come with a pull-through, neck plug, neck strap, mouthpiece, cap, ligature, 1 1/2 reed, cork grease and a case.

Why Buying Cheap Wind Instruments Off The Internet Isn’t Always Good

Hornhire saxophone.

Don’t buy a musical toy, hire something that works instead!

HornHire talks to many parents each year, who are super excited that they saved so much money on a student instrument by buying cheaply off the internet. However, what appears to be cheap at first can usually end up costing a lot more in the long run.

Cheap new instruments usually don’t work well, or sometimes even at all. The reason they often get good reviews is because people who buy them can’t yet play, and by the time they get past learning the first few easy notes that do work, it is too late to complain or change their feedback that they left when they were excited to see a shiny new object.

Unfortunately, what seemed good at first, a real bargain, soon becomes apparent that it is nothing more than a musical toy. Kids usually then give up, because they can’t get beyond the first few notes.


HornHire car.

We have been hiring from HornHire for 4 years now and ended up hiring two saxophones for my children. The process was a breeze and very straight forward. Tim and Roxanne have been wonderful to deal with and always respond quickly. The instruments are great quality and beautiful to play out of the cases. Thanks.” – Lisa

Good Afternoon Roxanne & Tim, As this is our daughter’s last year of school we wanted to say a really big thank you for being so amazing with her Saxophone instrument hire. We will be so sorry to be finishing up with your services at the end of the year, with our daughter graduating school as you have been such a valuable part of our family and part of the journey of her success. We have had such a long standing relationship with you from 2015 to 2024 with so much support from you at our finger tips and some very last minute swaps or adjustments/advice right before a school performance, which we are so grateful for 🙏 you have rescued us on many occasions over the years. Your customer service is second to none, always putting us first and feels so warm and welcoming like family. Your company has such a wonderful reputation with our school, as being passionate and committed to providing students with the tools to be successful. I will not hesitate in recommending your company to anyone who asks. We wish you the very best with wherever life takes you on your journey!” – Michelle & Michael Roser

Tim and HornHire were simple to use, went out of their way to service or sort out long term hire, and were able to assist with upgrading. They were happy to work in if it was to be picked up or dropped off at the school or at the shop. Great service and great pricing.” – Rory

Frequently Asked Questions

Hornhire girl playing clarinet.

Is there a minimum hire period? Yes there is a three-month minimum hire period.

Is there an initial set up cost? There is a one-off initial $19 admin and set up fee ($29 for the saxophones) that covers delivery, administration, cleaning and testing before each new hire.

HornHire services all of Queensland and New South Wales. To hire a quality, fully tested, guaranteed instrument from HornHire, visit their website to get started.