4 Things to Consider Before Buying A Cello

Are you looking to invest in a cello? Whether you’re a beginner player or an expert cellist, buying a cello can be overwhelming. While a great player will be able to create music out of any cello, finding the right instrument that matches your ability can go a long way in elevating your musical performance. 

So how do you go about buying a cello? And what’s the right brand for you? Here are some things you need to consider before buying a cello. 

#1 To Buy Or To Rent?

Cellos can be bought or rented. Buying a cello is more expensive, but it's worth it to have a quality instrument. Renting a cello is cheaper, but you may not have as much control over the quality of the instrument. 

Of course, there are benefits to renting as well— it allows you to explore the different types of cellos before making a purchase. Beginners can use this time to play and develop their skills on a variety of instruments before settling for their choice. Of course, if you have been playing the cello for some time and intend to continue doing so in the future, buying a cello might be the more cost-effective option for you. 

#2 Budget Considerations Before Buying A Cello 

Cellos can be a significant investment. The price of the cello is usually determined by the sound quality and craftsmanship that goes into the instrument and can vary depending on the playing ability that it caters to.

Student Cellos

Cost range: SGD $200 to $2500  

These beginner cellos are the most affordable out of the lot. The quality of sound and tone can be decent enough for those learning to navigate the basics of playing. However, the lifespan for these types of cellos is usually low.

Our recommendation: Eurostring M200 & Eurostring M300

Intermediate to Advanced Cellos

Cost range: SGD $2500 to $10,000

Better workmanship means that the sound quality of an intermediate cello is much better than that of a beginner cello. Better dynamics, stronger projection, and quality materials make these types of cello a better choice for diligent students who are looking to increase their commitment to practice.

Our recommendation: Eurostring M600, Antonin Dvorak M3, Lothar Semmlinger M133

Professional Cellos  

Cost range: SGD $10,000 onwards

Essentially the luxury cars of string instruments, professional cellos boast fine craftsmanship that exudes rich tones and wide dynamics. Suitable for performers or collectors. 

Our recommendation: Lothar Semmlinger Cello M135Lothar Semmlinger Soloist CelloPaolo Vettori CellosDario Vettori Cellos  

#3 Size Matters…

Cellos come in many different sizes to accommodate different players depending on your age, size or playing style. Younger students might find that smaller cellos fit better, whereas adults would be able to handle full-sized, or 4/4 cellos. 

Where possible, we recommend heading to stores for you to try out the different sizes in person  and see which compliments you the best. When in position, the top of the cello should rest at the centre of your chest, with the C string peg near the left ear. 

#4 But Comfort Matters More

With any instrument, comfort is a key consideration. The player should be able to reach the necessary hand and finger positions while handling the bow with ease and accuracy.

In A Nutshell

Buying a cello needs some careful consideration before you take the plunge. The instrument that you go for can be the one that serves you for the rest of your life. With this in mind, it is worth taking some time to think about using the above guidelines before deciding on your cello purchase.

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