Buying a cello need not be a complicated chore.  But before you head out the nearest music store and buy one, there are some things to consider before your purchase.   Buying a cello is just like buying a violin.  Both instruments are from the same family, only sound and size differ.  Let us explore some factors to consider when buying a cello.

Budget & Commitment

The budget is an important factor for consideration.  The budget dictates how much you are willing to spend on any purchase.  There are various price ranges for cellos from the cheapest kind to the more expensive ones.  But before setting up the budget, ask yourself why you want to buy a cello in the first place.  Are you intending to learn for leisure or as a hobby or do you foresee yourself playing professionally years from now? 

For beginners and young children, it would probably better to find a cello in the mid range category as cheap cellos also have low sound quality as poor sound might affect your enjoyment of the lessons.  Cellos also come in different sizes so as the child grows, you will have to accommodate this growth by purchasing cellos appropriate for the child’s height and age.  You have to assess your commitment to learning the cello since good quality cellos are also quite expensive. 

Go with A Pro

As much as possible, try buying a cello with a professional cello player or your cello teacher.  These people are experienced and highly trained so they know right away if the cello is of good quality and offers value for its price. 

Ask them to try out your choices and ask for a frank assessment of the sound quality and their expert opinion before running off to the cash register.   A good tip while at the music store would be to try out several different brands and models before settling on a final choice.  Ask for a warranty at the music store as your cello may need to be serviced or may need a change of strings in the long run. 


Tune up your cello knowledge by visiting the internet as this is always a good place to start your research about cellos before you actually buy one.  There are plenty of cello manufacturers and the internet is rife with people who are willing to share their opinion and view point as to which brand sounds best and which types of cellos are the most durable. 

When you go out to watch an orchestra performance, try to see if you can make out the brand or make of the cello player’s piece and see if you can track this down on the web.  Professional cello players are known for their loyalty in brands and are probably some of the best people suited to give an opinion as to which make and model are appropriate.  You can also ask your teacher for a recommendation. 


Cellos are usually expensive and require many years to master.  Before buying one, it would be best to examine your personal commitment to learning the cello and then setting a reasonable budget for your cello purchase.  If buying a cello is not possible, then try finding a cello rental in the meantime.