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 Post subject: Cello
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:10 am 
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My son has grown too big for his 3/4 sized cello, and we have been advised to get him a full sized one. It's not his main instrument, and he's at grade 3 at the moment. I've had a look on-line and there is a wide range of instruments at varying prices.

Can anyone recommend a make and how much we should be paying ? (gulp)

Can anyone also recommend a good shop for such things in the Berkshire/Surrey area as I don't really want to buy on-line without seeing the thing first.?

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 Post subject: Re: Cello
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:01 am 
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Sorry, LFH don't know much about that. I do know that you could get a good second hand one or even hire it (If it is not something DC will want to pursue) because some of my friends did that for some other instrument! They can cost antwhere between £350 -£500 to own a new one.

http://musiced.about.com/od/buyingguide/bb/buycello.htm

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 Post subject: Re: Cello
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:12 am 
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Thank you Cindrella, we did hire his first one through his school, as we weren't sure he would stick at it, but they don't have any full sized ones. :( so we need to find a new one (or a second hand one )


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 Post subject: Re: Cello
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:16 am 
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Can you not speak to the County Music dept as they may be able to guide you and even help you to buy one VAT free? It could be worth having a check. You can also have a look at the ABRSM online forum in the strings section and post a question - you are bound to get more advice and may even "speak" to someone in your local area who can better advise you.


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 Post subject: Re: Cello
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:19 am 
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Oh that's a good idea, sportsmum, I will have a look at the ABRSM forum.
I did try to make sense of the county VAT free purchase scheme, but it seemed very complicated :oops:


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 Post subject: Re: Cello
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:50 am 
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I don't know anything about cellos but I would say that a good second hand one is better than a cheap new one. If you had a budget of £500 then I would suggest buying a second hand one for that price and not a new one. Instruments, up to a point, often sound better with age.


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 Post subject: Re: Cello
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:56 am 
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True, I know, but where do I source one? I don't want to buy on-line, and I haven't a clue about choosing a cello, hence my question.

The only think I know is not to get one that is laminated. The only shops near me seem to be selling them at £2000 and don't really think he's committed enough to warrant that sort of cost. Also, he's the only one in the family likely to play it.

I'd have thought though that £500 would get you a pretty decent new one, or do I live in cloud cuckoo land :lol: ?


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 Post subject: Re: Cello
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:58 am 
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I think £500 is still quite a lot. Is his music a hobby? Can you see him wanting a career in music, does he practice a lot? If yes to the first and no to the second two then I'd be looking for a cheap cello.


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 Post subject: Re: Cello
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:59 am 
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I typed in cellos £500 and this website popped up:

http://www.violinvaluations.com/cello-500.htm


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 Post subject: Re: Cello
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:04 am 
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Thanks WFG - I never thought of that :oops:


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