Buy Student Cello
Buying a student cello can (and should) be an exciting
Acquiring a good, substantial instrument that is
dependable, will greatly enrich a player's enjoyment
while at the same time, not break the bank! At the same
time, knowing what to look for and deciding how much to
pay for that first 4/4, full sized cello can be an
intimidating task. What to get? How much should you
pay? What to look for? Parents are busy. These days
with a stressful economy, it's important to make good,
educated buys and get a cello that will not be a money
pit after you buy it and also be the best cello for your
money. At the String Emporium, we pride ourselves on
the highest quality student cello, that are easy to
play, and with the best prices anywhere.
What to look for and at when buying that cello
First of all, not all cellos are created equal.
There's a lot of junk out there: On the internet and in
shops. It's also amazing at what huge ranges in
quality one finds for the very same price. Buying
a camera or laptop is easy! One typically looks
around a bit, does a little research and then shops all
over looking for the lowest price. We're used to
these things and already have some kind of working
knowledge about what it is that we're looking at. But a
The cello has to be well made, have quality
and how the cello is "set-up" (prepared to play
on) is also equally important. Some instruments
are made as quickly as possible with plenty of short
cuts used in the making process. Quickly sprayed
varnishes, interior parts that don't fit well or
improperly proportioned might make the cello look good
on the outside, but inside the inferiority will
eventually create more problems than not.
Take a look at our
cellos for sale page for detailed photos,
descriptions and our low prices.
What are cello "fittings"?
Cello fittings are everything that is combined with
the cello to make it a playable instrument. The
tuning pegs should fit properly and not slip or be too
tight. They should also be high quality ebony.
The fingerboard (while most are ebony) should be a very
good, high grade of ebony. (They tend to all look
nice fingerboards in the photo, but the way they are
prepared can make a huge difference in the overall
performance of the cello. The fingerboards should
not be totally flat (from end to end). This will
create annoying buzzes that are expensive to have done
again. The bridge used (which holds the strings
up) should be a good quality French bridge (yes, from
France). There are really only 2 companies that
are reliable: Despiau and Aubert. The bridge
must also be fit perfectly to the top and 'tuned and
adjusted' once the cello is strung up. The bridge
and soundpost are the most important factors for tonal
How a cello "feels" and plays
How a cello feels is extremely important.
Strings that are a millimeter or two, too high, can
really make a big difference to the student playing that
cello. A cello that is easy to play makes it so
much easier for the player to concentrate on without
having to "fight" the instrument. Good quality
strings, fingerboard set up, bridge height and fit,
soundpost fit and placement all work in tandem and
complement each other for a premium performance level.
Interestingly enough, do this is just a few extra
dollars and it boggles the mind that so few dealers and
sellers do this!
Try the cello out for a week and
get that warranty!
One should never have to buy a cello sight unseen
without first taking it home and giving it a 'test
drive'. Shipping a cello these days is cheap and
you can save hundreds of dollars by getting a good,
smart cello this way. This way you can play it,
try it out and show it to the cello teacher involved
with you or your student. This will give you peace
of mind and that is priceless. In the worst case,
you might risk sending the cello back, but there should
never be a restocking fee ever as long as the cello is
returned promptly and in the same condition. Customers
(and dealers) often wonder how it is possible for us to
offer such an incredible warranty with our cellos and
upright basses. It's simple, with good
quality workmanship and attention, we hardly ever have
to worry about any quality issues. But if
something should come up, you're covered. For our
cello warranty see our
cellos for sale page at the String Emporium site.
Feel free to call us if you should ever need additional
help and/or have questions. (800-600-2689 or
Again, buying a new cello is exciting! Get one
that is well made, with good fittings, with a warranty
and set up to play at it's optimum while still not
having to break the bank or cash in the college savings!