There are a variety of Cellos available. Different sizes, different specifications, even different coloured woods used! Sometimes it can be tricky to choose the right model for you. Ultimately, you need to invest in an instrument that will see you develop,  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 enable you to surpass your potential. Too small, your technique will be hindered and your performance will suffer… 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 the best of your ability. Below is a 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.  More often than not, a good, experienced Cello teacher will be able to recommend the correct size.

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.  However, in my experience, if the instrument is too cheap and not up to the job, this will only result in despair and a lack of enthusiasm. That’s why Normans only sells reliable and suitable instruments.

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. 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; Forenza Prima 2 and Stentor II, the most recommended by teachers and educators by far.

Big Brand vs Value for Money

There are a range of Cello makes available. Most people like to stick to what they know. If you have a spare £million…then a Stradivarius is for you!!

If not,  Normans Musical Instruments is here for you!

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! Plus, they look and sound amazing!

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


Any purchase of a musical instrument is an important investment, into both a players performance and their development.  It is vital that the instrument is sufficient in quality to support them and improve them, but without spending more money than is necessary.

There is a huge range of beginner and step-up Cellos out there in the big ‘musical world’.  It could deprive you of many, many hours of your time to study and assess them all.

That’s why we have done it all for you, and only recommend the Cellos we are confident and have experience in.  So put your feet up, have a cuppa, your work is done!!

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 –

      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 ( 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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