Qs: Easier- Cello or Violin? £175 Cello from Gear4Music? full or 1/2 size? 15:01 on Monday, December 05, 2005
I`m a beginner - i was initially planning to learn violin, new to strings. I was told that i might want to consider the cello instead because cello is much easier to learn and progress with (disadantage being it isn`t very portable!) it`s easy to hold, and i could probably reach grade 8 in three years where as violin is more like 6-10 years. Also, i was told that if i get good enough orchestras are always looking for celloists not so for violinists who are two a penny.
Should i chose a full size cello? (i`m an adult), or is smaller better for the beginner?
I have a maximum price range of £200, and even then i`m in debt cos it`s on my overdraft. But i really want to learn.
I live in the middle of nowhere, so have to order over the internet. I saw a cello on gear for music for £175 here`s the blurb:
4/4 Size Cello.
Quality Cello outfit, offering exceptional value for money. Black dyed maple parts, metal tailpiece and a beechwood bow.
This lightweight styrofoam carry case provides a convenient and robust method of transportation for this quality instrument.
The normal carry case price is £129, so this package represents great value for money!
1 year warranty
14 day money back guarantee:
If you decide this instrument is not ideal for you, simply send it back within 14 days of purchase for a full refund.
Re: Qs: Easier- Cello or Violin? £175 Cello from Gear4Music? full or 1/2 size? 09:11 on Tuesday, December 06, 2005
IMHO I probally wouldn`t look to this outfit for something that will last very long or produce a good sound. The typical setup is a pernambuco bow, maple sides and back with a spruce top. The accessories (tail piece, fingerboard & pegs) are usually made of ebony, which is naturally black. The price range is that of a cello that would sound better in the fireplace, and the bow would be the poker. If it were me, with you proposed budget I would look for something on ebay (not an endorsement!!!) an used instrument may be the way to go. As far as being easier than violin or viola, I haven`t got a clue. Good luck!
Re: Qs: Easier- Cello or Violin? £175 Cello from Gear4Music? full or 1/2 size? 00:00 on Thursday, December 08, 2005
I agree with Felix. I would rather buy an old used cello. The average cello should last for atleast 150years, not like anybody lives that long LOL, I doubt that a cheap cello like that will last that long. There are a couple of cellos that are over 300 years old, crazy huh? One was selling for $60,000 I`m not sure what thats in pounds.
As for a Violin or Viola, they shouldn`t be any harder to play than the Cello. There was one guy who couldn`t play the violin or viola maybe anymore because he got some sort of shoulder injury, so he switched to the Cello.