UPDATED 29-05-19

There are a variety of Cellos available. Sometimes it can be tricky to choose the right model for you. Ultimately, you need to get something that will see you progress and is the best value for money within your budget.  Below are some of the key points to consider when looking to buy a Cello.


Cello Size

Choosing the right size cello is extremely important. To small and you can’t play… Too big and you’ll look pretty daft and be unable to play.

Ensuring your instrument fits you comfortably will prevent many issues that can crop up and will ensure you perform to your best ability. Below is an chart to help you determine the correct size of your instrument based on your height and age. Keep in mind we are all a little different and the chart is only a guide.

If possible it’s best to try different sized Cellos in person. The correct size will allow you to sit up in a chair with you knees at a 90 degree angle and your feet flat on the floor. The Cello should rest on your left shoulder and the C-Peg should be near your ear. It’s also essential you can reach the full length of the fingerboard comfortably.


The right Cello for your level

Another factor to consider is how much of an investment are willing to make. If you are looking to upgrade, then it is important to make sure it caters for all your needs and can progress along with you. On the flip side, if you are totally new to playing cheap and cheerful may be the way to go while you get to grips with the instrument and find out if this is something you’ll stick with.

There’s no need to buy a professional model when you’re still a beginner. At this early level it is hard to know what you will want from your instrument in the future. This means, you’ll probably get a model you regret buying later on in your playing career. If you want to make more of a long term investment from the start you are best to look at the intermediate range of Cellos available.


Big Brand vs Value for Money

There are a range of Cell makes available. Most people like to stick to what they know.

Stentor are currently one of the market leaders in orchestral strings. With years of experience they know what they’re doing and are renown for their build quality and tone… They also have a price tag to match.

But don’t worry! If your budget is a little tight there are other quality cellos available from other brands at a cheaper price.

For example, the Forenza Prima 2 cellos offer the same specification as the Stentor II model at a fraction of the price!

Read lots of reviews and keep an open mind when looking to make a purchase. If possible trying them out is always our best bet.


To Compare

Use our cello comparison chart below to see how our range of cellos compare. They are rated 1-5 for value for money. 1 = Poor | 5 = Excellent

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About the author

Diana was Normans Piano & Strings specialist for a number of years. She is a singer songwriter, plays piano and speaks 3 languages. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling as well as blogging about anything.




  • jenny 31/01/2017 at 1:37 pm

    hi i am jenny and i am trying to find a fullsize cello which is black with red rose design which thomann used to stock and don’t know where else i can purchase one from can anyone help please. many thanks for your help

    • Diana Stone 01/02/2017 at 9:33 am

      Hi Jenny,

      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, we do not sell these cellos as they look like they may have been Thomann’s own brand. We would suggest having a look on eBay to see if anyone is selling a second hand one. Hope this helps.

      Kind regards,


  • Kelly Dimgba 23/03/2017 at 8:55 pm

    Hi i am trying to get a cello for my 8yrs old can you reconmmend any please

    • Jack Spencer 29/03/2017 at 9:33 am

      Hi Kelly,

      Thanks for your comment.

      For young children, we recommend the Forenza range, as they are excellent quality but also not too expensive. All of them come with a bow, case and handy accessories – https://www.normans.co.uk/category/cellos?section=-472-

      I hope this helps, and if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

      Kind Regards,


  • David 02/10/2017 at 10:16 pm

    Hi, I’m thinking of taking up the cello again after 30 years, so interested to know what’s available. I reached a good level – Grade VI – but admit I have forgotten much. I hope I could pick things up again quickly but I would like to have an I instrument that gives confidence. I’d be interested to know what you might recommend. Thanks

    • Shona Callow 27/11/2017 at 3:03 pm

      Hi David – I would recommend the Forenza Prima 2, this is a great Cello to get going again with. If you need any help choosing, just call our Advisers on 01283 535333.

  • Sophie Lethbridge 26/12/2017 at 10:05 pm

    I used to play the cello when I was ages 10 to 15 reaching grade 3 and examination. I’m thinking of starting to play the cello again aged 31 any help in regards to what cello and where to get lessons would be grateful

    • Shona Callow 08/01/2018 at 11:29 am

      Hi Sophie,

      That’s great to hear you’re thinking of starting to play the Cello again. If you purchase a cello with us before 28th February you register for 2 x FREE lesson with your space music lessons (www.normans.co.uk/topic/myfreelessons). We would recommend a Forenza Prima cello for beginning to play again. If you need any help, just call us on 01283 535333.


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  • Paco 05/03/2018 at 4:54 pm


    Interested in getting the full size Forenza Prima 2 Cello. Would the Cello be set-up by any Luthier prior to shipping? Do you ship to Ireland?


    • Shona Callow 08/03/2018 at 10:44 am

      Hi Paco,

      The Cello can be delivered to Ireland and we do not have an onsite Luthier. However, the sound board and bridge will be up and ready to go.

      Our sales team would be more than happy to chat to you with any questions you may have. You can contact them via 01283 535333.


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