Choose the Right Cello for Better Playing Results

Choose the Right Cello for Better Playing Results

There are four types of stringed instruments played in most orchestras and these are the violin, the viola, the double bass, and the cello. The cello, which is larger than the violin and the viola and smaller than the double bass, has a deep, rich sound and is played by standing the instrument on the floor and placing it between one’s legs. A cello can be evaluated using quite a few criteria that most people are not aware of. This is why it becomes difficult for someone to pick the right cello while buying one. Here are some pointers that can help you choose the right instrument.

The tone of the cello is probably the most important factor to consider while buying one. This string instrument has a deep and warm sound and a good instrument should always be loud. The louder the cello, the better.

If you are thinking of buying an old cello, the condition of the instrument should be tested very carefully. Check the instrument for cracks which could open and cause buzzes to occur. Too many repairs on the cello are never a good sign and you should avoid buying any such instrument. A broken neck is quite common with a cello unlike the violin or the viola and a patched up neck on the cello could cause the cracks to open and the neck to drop. Also, since it is quite big and bulky, bumps on a used cello are quite common.

The sound of a cello generally gets better with age. Cellos are made of wood and with age the wood tends to harden which improves the resonance. In the case of a varnished instrument, the varnish will also harden with age and further improve the resonance. A good new cello does tend to improve with age. However, make sure that the plates are not too thin since they will make the instrument deteriorate with age.

The arching of the cello is another thing that you should consider. A high arching tends to give a nasal quality to the tone and is not as loud as an instrument that has a flat arching. As mentioned above, the louder the cello, the better it is considered to be. This is why a flat arching is considered a better choice than a high arching.

Choosing the size of the instrument should be influenced by your own personal height. If you are taller than five feet, a full-size cello or a 4/4 size will work fine for you. The size of the cello should decrease with your own height.  However, the best thing to do is try out the different sizes at the store before actually buying the instrument.

A good quality cello should have a top that is made of spruce wood and the back and the sides should be made of maple. The professional cello for sale has four strings which are wrapped around tuning pegs. As the name indicates, these pegs are used to tune or alter the pitch of the strings. The ideal wood for the tuning pegs is ebony.

The bridge is a piece of wood that holds the strings away from the body of the instrument. It should be placed properly, that is, it should neither be too high nor too low. It should also be properly cut, which means that the center should neither be too thick nor too thin.

The tailpiece is located at the bottom of the cello and it is mostly made of plastic. However, it could also be made of metal or wood such as ebony. The function of the tailpiece is to hold the strings.

It is advisable to take the help of a teacher or an experienced cellist while buying your instrument. While choosing a cello, you should ask yourself questions such as whether it is in good condition, will it be comfortable enough for you to play, and will the tonal quality of the instrument get better with age. Also, don’t forget to buy some extra strings, a hard case, a cello stand, rosin, and an endpin.

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