I'm wondering if it would be possible for an adult to play a 1/2 size cello - I'm about 5'5" if that matters.
I'm interested in learning the cello, and have come across a 1/2 size for sale. It was played by a middle school student, and now the parents are looking to sell for $75. I thought, for the money, it was a good deal, and maybe it would make a good one to learn on.
Would it completely not work, or is it a matter of "you could, but I wouldn't"? I can't really afford a new, full size, which is why I'm looking into this option.
Thanks for any opinions. It would be my first stringed instrument (have played oboe and flute in the past).
I'd say it's a "you could, but I wouldn't" situation. 1/2 size is WAAY too small for anyone that's 5'5" You should try a full size (or 7/8, but their rarity makes them more expensive).
$75 is the cheapest I've ever heard of a cello being sold for, but odds are, it's because it's used, not because of the size. Open any stringed-instrument catalog, and the prices are almost always the same, regardless of size. The price will depend on the model its condition. If you want a good deal, look for used cellos. I'm almost tempted to say e-bay, but many people have horror stories of bad packaging. It might be worth the gamble, though. I'm not really sure what to say...
Wow ! I'm very surprised at what is said about using a 1/2 size cello for an adult. I teach cello and know for a fact that if you want to learn properly and really enjoy it for your personal use or for joining an amateur orchestra it is best to find or rent a full size cello. It is such a beautiful instrument in the first place... if you don't have the right cello you'll end up getting discouraged and putting it away.
A little sacrifice (money speaking) will go a long way, last a life time and bring lots of fun.