Before I go into this, let me give you some background on the cello. Together with the violin, the viola and the bass, the cello is part of the string instrument group. In terms of size, it is many times bigger than the violin. The bowing technique for the cello is different from that of the violin as you hold the instrument differently. The tone of the cello is much deeper than the violin or cello due to the fact of its size.
The cello is a complicated instrument. Aside from the body of the cello, which is carved from Maplewood, it does have several other materials including metal, rubber and steel. All these components make up the cello.
Here are some tips which will help you select your first cello:
1. Determine your budget
You may have a certain budget in mind for your first cello. It could be one thousand dollars or five thousand dollars. There is a distinct difference in the instrument if the cost is at both ends of this budget. Whatever the case is, you will need to balance your budget together with the tone which the instrument can bring out when you play it.
Check several music instrument shops in your area and try out a few cellos across different price points. Once you try out the instrument personally, you will be able to gauge the quality of the instrument.
2. Get advice from experienced players
Ask around your acquaintances who are experienced cello players to get an opinion on what type of cello to pick as your first instrument. Since they have more experience, they will be better able to check out the quality of the cello you intend to buy.
3. Deal with a reputable shop
This is a no brainer, but I need to remind you to deal only with reputable shops. You should be able to bring the instrument back to the shop for future repairs as needed. Typically reputable shops have a trade in policy whereby if you bought the first instrument from them, you will be able to trade up for a better model later on.
Do more research in your local bookstore, library or by surfing the web. You will get more tips from these sources. With more knowledge, you are better equipped to select your first instrument.
Selecting any music instrument for the first time, be it the cello or violin can be a headache for some people. However with proper guidance and if you follow the above tips, you are in a better position to do so.