Sometimes it can take great skills, knowledge, and understanding buy the perfect instrument, but don’t let that scare you. When buying a beginning cello what you need is some basic, but crucial, information and tips on what to look for. Let us take a look at some points you should know before purchasing your first cello.
Best Cello Materials
With most good quality cellos, you’ll find two different materials for the main body, spruce for the top and maple for the sides and back. All cellos should be hand-carved any less quality materials should be avoided. While many different aspects of the cello can affect the overall sound, these are some of the most crucial points that you don’t want to miss.
The fingerboard is usually made of rosewood. Sometimes the fingerboard of a lower quality cello is made with cheaper materials. This not only jeopardizes the sound, but also makes it more difficult to play. The cello should be nice and smooth so that your hand can slide up and down easily.
Tuning pegs are small pegs that the strings wrap around. They should be made of ebony. Properly made tuning pegs are easy to tune and will stay tuned longer whereas poorly made pegs have a danger to snap out of tune while the cello is being played.
The bow is also a very important part that cannot be overlooked. The finest cello bows are made of pernambuco wood. Pernambuco wood is a Brazilian wood of the finest quality. Carbon fiber is also used for good quality bows, and for the beginning cellist brazilwood and fiberglass are decent replacements as well.
How big should my cello be?
Cellos are built in different sizes to fit the player. They usually come in five different sizes: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 1/4, 1/8. The full size, 4/4, is usually for players 5 feet and taller. The best way to pick the right size is for the student to try it. Take a trip to a local instrument store and play on different size cellos. Sit on a chair with your feet flat on the ground with your back straight. You know a cello fits your size when the top part of the cello is in contact with the center of your chest. If your child is trying to decide between two sizes, the smaller sized cello will fit better at the time, although they will soon grow and will need a bigger cello.
Things to know before purchasing a cello
Like purchasing any other products, it is best to personally try the cello out for the sound and size before purchasing. Also it is highly recommended to have your teacher or an experienced cellist check out the instrument with you to make the best decision. You can also order the instruments online but make sure whichever company you buy from has a flexible return policy before making the purchase.
It is easy to feel lost when buying a cello for the first time, but with a few good tips you may find just the right instrument for your needs. For good quality beginning cellos for beginners see our post, “Top 3 Beginning Cellos for Your Money”
If you have any questions about buying a beginning cello, feel free to comment below. We will try to help you find the perfect cello for your needs!