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LuigiMyViolin
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Hello,

I am a cellist (probably obvious from the title). About a year ago I purchased a cheap $300 Easter cello on amazon. I fell in love with cellos and playing them. I have played that cheap thing to death and I'm ready for an upgrade. I am an advancing student (high school). I'm looking for a new cello that suites me. I'm going for a very mellow, warm and sweet sound. I find most cellos to bright (and I very much dislike the sound of my $300 cello now, bright and tinny).

Not very long ago, I played an Eastman Strings student cello at the music shop, and it had the sweetest A string I'd ever heard. I loved it. yesterday I went back to the music store to play it again, and they had a different one on display. it was the same model of cello, but there were two of them.  I tried playing the second one, and it sounded different. The A string was brighter (which did not suit me as much), however, I thing the G was richer. 

 

Now I'm afraid the first one (that I really liked) will get sold before I can save up that kind of money, because not every cello of that model sounds the same, but it costs $1500 and I do not have that kind of money and I don't have a job yet. Hmmph. I guess I'm just expressing my problems. I'm probably worrying to much about this, I just loved that first cello and I'm afraid it will go away, but I don't have money to buy it yet either. 

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The problems of a poor cellist.

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Check with the store. They may allow you to "rent to own" that particular cello. Especially since it is an Eastman.

By that I mean it is a student-quality factory cello versus a more expensive one.

They may also give you a bit of money on the old cello as a trade-in, or you might be able to get a wee bit more for it if you sell it privately.

You do have some bargaining power in this instance.

At any rate, it certainly doesn't hurt to ask. The worst they can say is "no", in which case you are still not any worse off. ^_^

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22 minutes ago, FiddleDoug said:

Have you thought about having a good luthier take a look at your current cello to make sure that the bridge, soundpost, and nut are all up to specs? You should also find out what kind of strings are on the Eastman. Very often, better strings can make a world of difference!

I dunno Doug; if it was a "better" cello ($300 barely gets you a playable violin...never mind cello) then maybe.

But to put $100-300 into a $300 cello doesn't really add up. At least I don't think so.

And even new, inexpensive cello strings are very expensive...also not worthwhile putting on the OP's current cello) I don't think.

The Eastman would be a better bet (both quality-wise and economically), and last the OP indefinitely.

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1 hour ago, Rue said:

I dunno Doug; if it was a "better" cello ($300 barely gets you a playable violin...never mind cello) then maybe.

But to put $100-300 into a $300 cello doesn't really add up. At least I don't think so.

And even new, inexpensive cello strings are very expensive...also not worthwhile putting on the OP's current cello) I don't think.

The Eastman would be a better bet (both quality-wise and economically), and last the OP indefinitely.

Remember, a high school student with no job! 

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11 minutes ago, FiddleDoug said:

Remember, a high school student with no job! 

True! But Xmas is coming! Perhaps the OP can ask for a monthly payment from Santa and his nearest and dearest! :D

I'd actually love to contribute to a niece or nephew's cello if it was in the form of a single monthly payment. Seems like a great gift.

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I'll just have to be patient I suppose. The right cello will come along when the time is right. I don't have much coming in regards to birthday money (my birthday is right after Christmas), because my parents already got me an early birthday present of cello strings (I'm so broke I couldn't buy those myself either, :rolleyes: I really need a job).

For Christmas, grandparents usually just give the whole family (I have a big family) a large check so the family can do something fun (which usually pays for our annual snowboarding trip), so the chances of me getting a cello are slim... to say the least.

I suppose I could try to talk my grandparents into taking me to the music store sometime so I could play all the nice cellos and woo them into renting one for me. :D Very unlikely that will happen though...:mellow:

 

This is the life of a poor cellist for you... :rolleyes:

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