Knapp Music, LLC

At Knapp Music we rent and sell instruments that perform beautifully and dependably. We specialize in violins, violas, cellos, and basses, offered here in our workshop or delivered to your door anywhere in the United States.

We believe that students should learn to love music on instruments that produce a beautiful sound – instruments that fit them well, tune well, and inspire a love of fine craftsmanship. While we may not be in your neighborhood, working with us is easy. Give us a call or contact us through our website, and we'll respond with prompt, knowledgeable service. We look forward to talking with you.  

Our Story

Knapp Music was established in 1963 by Charles Knapp, a string musician and band/orchestra director in central Illinois. As a musician and teacher, he understood the importance of putting quality instruments in the hands of students. By purchasing only top-quality instruments, providing responsive repair service, and keeping the rental and sales processes simple, he helped thousands of students experience the joy of making music.    It was this vision that inspired Jim and Amy Knapp to establish an Indiana-based music company in 1997.

As the second generation of the Knapp family involved in the music business, Jim and Amy serve you with experience and pride. We understand the joys and demands of music and believe that listening is the beginning of good service. We are always learning and striving to improve our products and services, but the heart of our business remains the same as it was over 50 years ago: putting quality instruments in the hands of students. It is a privilage for us to partner with you in your pursuit of excellence in music.