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Choosing the correct size of cello is not particularly easy because it is dependent upon the trunk and arm size of a child as well as the posture style advocated by the teacher. The wisest course of action is to consult the teacher and if possible borrow an instrument of the size suggested and have it confirmed by the teacher. Sizes are available down to 1/16th but more for the child at primary school sizes of 1/8th, 1/4, 1/2. 3/4,are more generally required. Be warned that that seemingly cheap second hand child's outfit could cost easily up to 200 to be put in playing order - smaller cellos for children at school are rarely well maintained. The following table serves as a guide to prices for new outfits or older instruments in good playing order.

Exam Grade Description Price
1 - 4 Foreign mass produced - ebonized fittings 4 - 500
4 - 6 Foreign mass produced - ebony fittings. Old mass produced 7 - 1000
6 - 8+ Foreign mass produced. Old mass produced/hand made 1 - 2000
academy Old mass produced. Far East hand made . Handmade . Commissioned . Antique 1500 - 6000
professional Old handmade . Far East hand made . Commissioned . Antique 2000 - 6000 15000 plus


Cello outfits normally come with a canvas/nylon zipped soft shaped case. Whilst these cases protect the instrument from the elements and are light they unfortunately do not provide protection against heavy knocks. In some instances their zipped openings make taking the cello out and putting it back, very difficult which over a period of time brings about damage to the instrument's corners. At some stage in the cellist's career a search is made for a case which is the correct size, both light and strong and which fully protects the cello inside. There are many makes available which vary in price from 200 -800 all with different merits for which qualified advice is best sought. Should qualified advice not be readily available, here are a few points to consider when choosing a case.

  • Materials available (strength v weight): plywood, plastic, foam filled plastic, glass fibre, carbon fibre,padded nylon.

  • All edges should be reinforced to prevent warping.

  • The lid should fit cleanly and stay open when the case is opened on the floor.

  • There should be an abundance of fastners, and the hinges and fastners should be non rustable and of good quality.

  • Carrying handles should be comfortable and well sited - the case plus cello should be portable without the neck part drooping towards the ground

  • Shaped is more usually preferred to 'coffin' type.

  • When resting upon it's end or side it should be stable and not readily fall over.

  • The inside should be so lined/padded to prevent the instrument jolting the back sound post area or the bridge.

  • The neck should have a tie (but not a rigid one)

  • Bow emplacements should hold the bow firmly and not allow the frog to touch the belly. Similarly a pouch for the rosin should prevent it floating about within the case.

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