Choosing a cello is not like buying a one-size-fits-all product in the market. You need to try it one by one in order to find the right instrument that suits you. Cellos are relatively larger than violas and violins. Therefore, you have to consider your size when picking a cello.
There are cellos with the same sizes, but they produce different sounds depending on the material, string, and other details used. Whether a beginner or well experienced cellist, all have encountered issues when it comes to choosing the most suitable one based on projection, comfort, acoustics, and size.
Below is a step-by-step guide to make sure you pick the perfect cello that matches you.
1. Know if you need to buy or rent. Do you really need to buy yourself a cello, or would it be a smarter idea to rent? This is perhaps the first thing you need to decide on before investing in an instrument.
2. Consider the different levels of playing cello. Are you a beginner, intermediate, or professional cello player? You need to determine which stage are you in playing this instrument so that you can improve your skills accordingly.
The following are the three categories of cellos:
- Beginner cellos. If you’re at the starting stage of playing cello, a beginner cello is the perfect fit for you. It’s easier to use in terms of bowing, fingering, tone production, and playing.
- Intermediate/Advanced cellos. These kinds of cellos are made with higher craftsmanship. In addition, you will notice a huge difference in their sound compared to student cellos.
- Professional cellos. With the finest wood materials, professional cellos are indeed the best instruments to play. They provide rich tone, wide dynamics, and pure workmanship.
Additional Tips in Choosing a Cello
The best person to ask which cello suits you is your teacher. Cello experts also advise to test the instrument before buying them. Don’t be overwhelmed by the effort and time needed to pick the best cello. After all, it’s an investment and you need to get the perfect cello you can use in the long run.
Make sure to consider the quality of materials used. You can choose European woods if you want warmer tones. Woods from China and the United States usually have brighter sounds. At the end of the day, it’s you who can really tell if a cello fits you or not.
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