Full Size Cellos
Getting a new cello or even your first full-size cello
is an exciting event! With the vast amount of 4/4 cellos
in which to choose from, we hope to better acquaint
you with what to look for in a good instrument. If you
have been playing a "fractional" cello (3/4)
until now, you will quickly learn that for the full-size
versions, there are more models to choose from, better
quality and of course, a much bigger range in price.
It's important with such variety in the market place,
to get good value for your shopping dollars.
cellos come in a variety of shapes (or in other words,
"models".) By far the most popular (and really,
most successful) model is by Stradivarius (a "Strad"
model). Over the years (300 or so), it has proven to
be the 'vehicle' that accommodates the player's tonal
needs and still keep it at a size that is manageable.
That is, not being too big or physically too demanding
while at the same time, deliver a big, projecting sound.
Construction of a full size cello can vary, but more
than likely they will have spruce wood tops, maple necks,
and maple sides and back. The fingerboards will of course
be ebony as well as the tailpieces. (Some nicer cellos
also use plastic Wittner tailpieces that actually help
change the tonal capacity of the instrument.) Sometimes
the smallest changes, can make the biggest differences
It's also important to be able to try out the prospective
cello in your own home environment in which you are
still familiar with your (acoustical) surroundings.
about the Emile Gillet cellos. The 'EG' cellos are
quickly becoming known for their high level of craftsmanship
and tonal range. The Gillets are made in Beijing, China
and sound and perform like many other much more expensive
cellos. While they are exquisitely made, even the varnishes
on them look 'old world'. In addition to the cellos,
we offer the popular Bobelock
cello case as part of our package. When buying a
new full-size cello, get one that is made well and gives
you a lot for your money. Give
us a call or email us to arrange to have one of
our fine cellos sent to your door. We offer great value
and a relaxed trial period.