Cello: Rent or Buy

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Cello: Rent or Buy

I believe that getting the right size instrument is critical to success in learning the cello. If you have a reputable music store in your area go there and have them size you for an instrument which will help to ensure that you start at the best place possible. It has been my experience that even though sizing guides pretty much say you are ready for a full size instrument at 5 feet tall, I have found that if you are between 5’ and 5’4” it is sometimes better to start on a 3/4 or 7/8 size instrument. This may help the learning process considerably by working within a more comfortable size range of body to cello, rather than at the extremes of you body’s capabilities. If you feel later that the 3/4 or 7/8 cello is too small you can always upgrade to full size. Your first instrument is rarely the only instrument that you will want in your life and you will likely change instruments when you grow, can afford a better instrument or need to replace an instrument that was stollen or run over by a tour bus (hopefully not your dream cello).

So should you rent or buy? If you purchase an instrument I would suggest a good student model which you can upgrade in time when you have a better idea of what you are looking for. That being said, I usually recommend renting for the first year until you have a better feel for the cello and what is important to you. After a few years and some experience with the instrument you will have a much clearer idea of what you want and how much you are willing to pay for it so be conservative in your thinking in the early years of your cello journey.

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