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Hi all, I'm a newbie at this forum. I'm playing violin for 5 years and I'm planning to do a bit extraordinary (for me) thing. I want to switch from the violin to the cello. I was inspired by this video
While I am searching for adult cello lessons, in parallel, I am trying to find out which cello is best for beginners. The question is what is better: to buy a cheap one for the first time or to buy a special one for beginners (maybe it’s easy to learn or easy to play)?
Thanks in advance!
Welcome to the forum, and good luck on finding a Cello to learn on. We have a few here who have crossed over to the cello, I'm sure CID and Intrepidgirl, Irv and others will chime in on the subject matter.
Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.
U8@solectia and others. I have not played or seen a cremona so I have no useful opinion. I have seen and played a Cecilio cco-100 and it was, charitably, forgettable.
There is an alternative to your list that may be serviceable. Both cid and I have successfully employed a Cecilio electronic cello. If you can find a used one or avail yourself of on line “warehouse” offers, it can be obtained for about the price of a cco-100 and is infinitely better (in that it is playable). They tend to break when undergoing the rigours of shipping, so make sure you are protected in that regard.
I agree with cid that performance improves with a fiddler man carbon bow. The included strings will get you going. Edit: I replaced my original strings for those of the Opera brand and have been highly pleased with them (about $10 for the set). I replaced the pegs with knilling perfections, but the existing are adequate to start.
The cello needs a good deal more finger pressure on the fingerboard than a violin and I started by tuning to a=432 and worked my way up to the standard a=440 after about eight months.
One more thing. A full sized cello may well be too large for many people. Electronic cellos are available in 3/4 size, and unlike their acoustic counterpart there is no tonal difference from a full sized one.
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Just like violins, I don't think there's anything especially easy to play about a "beginner" cello -- that label just means it does everything that a beginner needs it to do.
I notice you live in a major city in the UK. Seeing as you already play violin, it would probably be a good idea to go to a violin shop and try out a few cellos. The bowing technique isn't quite the same, but it's close enough for you to get a decent idea of what you're looking for even if you haven't really started learning the cello.