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It is a well-known fact that learning and becoming a cellist costs a fortune. That’s why for anyone keen to learn how to be one, there are certain things that you should thoroughly assess to guarantee that you are purchasing a quality cello.

  1. SET A BUDGET

Determining your budget should already give you an idea up to what extent you’ll pursue your interest in playing cello – may it be becoming a professional cellist or making it one of your hobbies. However, even cello for beginners cost at least $800 – $1,000 or more depending on the brand and quality. This is to guarantee that even if you don’t pursue a career in this field, you’ll still get the best experience of learning how to play the cello. Cello that costs half of the abovementioned price has a high probability of having poor materials and finishing and out of tune pegs.

  1. DEFINE THE CELLO YOU ARE LOOKING

You should look for these following qualities as it signifies that your cello is made of good quality:

  1. It should be made out of maple and spruce and both are glued correctly.
  2. Fingerboards and pegs should be made out of ebony or rosewood.
  3. Endpin should be able to adjust and the soundpost proportionally positions inside the cello.
  4. The nut should also be placed correctly as well and the bridge should fit just right against the belly of the cello.
  5. Tailpiece can be made out of either plastic, metal, or wood (i.e. rosewood or ebony).

 

  1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE

As a beginner, you should remember that not all sizes are suitable for everyone. For musicians that are taller than five (5) feet, a full-size (4/4) cello should be ideal. On the other hand, if the person is between four (4) to five (5) feet, the cello size to be purchased should be in 3/4. ½ sized-cello is perfect for people whose height range from four (4) feet to four and a half 4 ½ feet. The best way to know your cello size is to personally visit the store you desire and try for yourself.

  1. BE MINDFUL OF CELLO ACCESSORIES

Usually, a cello comes with a bow and case. However, you may want to purchase an extra set of strings, music book, stand, and most importantly rosin and endpin to complete your learning experience.

  1. TAG ALONG A CELLIST

Of course, you’d be more confident in purchasing a cello of your own if you’re bringing along a professional cellist with you. Since professionals have been trained for quite some time, they’d definitely know at a glance if the cello is made of good quality and if it has the ability to produce superb sound.

  1. TRY OUT RENTING BEFORE BUYING

If you’re quite hesitant to purchase a cello especially if you are undecided whether or not you’ll invest your time with the instrument for quite some time, it’s advisable to try renting out a cello. This way you’ll get to practice and assess if you’ll enjoy pursuing a career or hobby out of the instrument.

Aside from buying the most cost-effective yet quality cello, you should also get yourself a musical instrument insurance in circumstances that the quality of your instrument will be put at risk. This way you can guarantee that it’ll be fixed in no time. 

 

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