What to look for when buying a Cello | Normans Blog

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!!