Some people have a mindset that there are beginner, intermediate and advanced cellos, but we think that is misleading.
What you want is the best cello that you can afford, regardless of the skill set you have now or aspire to have. By looking at what falls and around your price point, you may choose to adjust your budget.
Another misconception is that used cellos are less expensive than new cellos.
Because a cello’s value has to do with its original wood quality and craftsmanship, condition, tone and other factors, there can be low or high quality cellos of any age!
We will give you a list of any cellos here, whether used, on consignment, new, or that we can order and set up that would fall within your range.
Pricing of cellos can be confusing to new buyers. A maker can provide a cello body, the same model, the same age wood, to multiple string shops and each shop can set that cello up with a variety of economy or superior parts. They can professionally plane a fingerboard or leave it rough from the workshop. If you talk to us or, better yet come here, we can show you the range of pegs, tailpieces, strings, endpins that can be used on a cello, and why it might matter to you.
If you have trouble tuning your cello, geared Pegheds can make your life easier. If you are really tall or have a posture issue, you may benefit from an endpin with an angle. Bridge height and cut is subjective, falling within accepted parameters, not absolute. Also there are many body styles and variations in dimensions. If you are 5’2″ there are 7/8 or small pattern 4/4 cellos that would be better suited to you. If you have short legs, you may be uncomfortable with a wide-bottom cello. I can’t cover everything here, which is why I insist upon getting to know each cellist, so I can talk to them in a context that is meaningful for them.
All our cellos are going to be carved of resonant tonewoods, set up by our luthier Damir Horvat with parts that we select. Each cello is a little different; we do not put a cookie-cutter setup on every cello.
The average first visit here lasts two hours as cellists of varying ages and experience try numerous cellos and bows. We can answer questions better by handing them examples so they can draw their own conclusions. Cellos are a lot like foods, in that someone can try to explain to you what something will taste like, but the only way you will know is to try it yourself and draw your own conclusion. So the way a cello feels to you with your skill set, the way it sounds to your ears, and the kind of tone you like to listen to, will all be unique to you!