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When to upgrade to a better instrument is a complicated question. Often, when the student begins lessons with his or her first private teacher, it is time to step up. Others choose instruments from this level for a beginning player. One thing is for sure- In the lower price ranges, a little extra investment goes a long way to improve the playability and quality of tone over an entry level product. Pick a price point that is comfortable for you, and consider upgrading in a year or two. Our trade-in policy gives you the flexibility to upgrade the instrument freely, without losing value on your initial investment.

Many of our customers will choose the Cello only, and then consider bow and case separately. In choosing a bow we recommend a budget of 15%-30% compared to the cost of the instrument.

We stock a large selection, but the best way to shop is to contact us by email and let us know a little about which models seem appealing to you in terms of the size, price range, tone, and appearance. We can use your preferences to make a specific recommendation of instrument our outfit which is in stock. We also offer a 10 day in-home trial. So, please do not hesistate to contact us. There are no stupid questions. We love email. Thanks in advance for contacting us.

What is the most important aspect of a step-up instrument? The simple answer is "modulation", or, if you are keen on musical acoustics jargon, "waveform modulation". Intermediate level instruments offer better tone, but more specifically, wider tonal possibilities. A player with some skill needs an instrument that will respond to the subtle techniques being developed, such as vibrato, advancing bow strokes and dynamics. Student violins are like an automatic transmission. No matter what you do, you get a Violin-like sound, but at the cost of variety of tones. Intermediate instruments are like a manual transmission, which produce those tonal varieties for the advancing player on demand.

Segue is our private line of instruments from China. We source these from numerous workshops and are constantly looking for better values to offer you. European Workshops is our private line of European made products.

Samuel Eastman Giocoso Antique is probably the most successful model made by Eastman. Giocoso is our private label model name, but this instrument is comparable to their 305 model. Lovely, tasteful antique varnish that is not only beautiful, but lightweight to enhance tone and projection.


Samuel Eastman Giocoso Antique
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4
$2,199.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4
$2,349.00

 

European Workshops-Romania Superior Model is made by Dunov, and is their model 402. It offers a very sophisticated antique look and choice European tone woods. It's difficult for a European product to compete head to head with Chinese products in this price range, but Dunov has done it.

European Workshops-Romania
Superior Model
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
4/4
$3,750.00
3/4, 1/2 $2,900.00
1/4, 1/8 $2,900.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4
$3,950.00
3/4 $3,150.00
1/2, 1/4, 1/8 $3,150.00

 

European Workshops-Bulgaria Honors. Is made by Dunov and is their 401 model. Like the 402, this model competes very well against Chinese made instruments in the same price range. That's no small feat. European tonewoods and a very attractive varnish process set this model apart for value.

European Workshops-Bulgaria
Honors Model
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
4/4
$3,150.00
3/4, 1/2 $2,950.00
1/4, 1/8 $2,950.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4
$3,350.00
3/4, 1/2 $3,150.00
1/4, 1/8 $3,150.00

 

Eastman Conservatory This is the 605 model from Eastman, which we call Conservatory. It offers a significant step up from the 305 model with better wood, varnish process, and adjustments to the graduations that make this model more appealing to a player with rapidly advancing skills. The antiquing of the varnish is subtle and there is much more depth than the 305.

Samuel Eastman Conservatory
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 7/8, 3/4
$3,029.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 7/8, 3/4
$3,169.00

 

Xueping Hu Model 200. Also known as Snow 200. This is the popular, entry-model from this workshop. Snow is a small workshop by Chinese standards, and is also a family-run business. We like the round, warm tone balance that these instruments offer, because they represent a nice alternative to many other Cellos, which are engineered to be bright and sharply focused. This model features very clean carving, subtle antiquing, and an easy response, especially in the low range.

Xueping Hu Model 200
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4
$3,375.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4
$3,585.00

 

Core Conservatory Model C30 Tastefully antiqued, with European Spruce top.

Core Conservatory Model C30
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4, 1/2
$2,400.00

 

Johannes Kohr K600. Well seasoned tonewoods, with additional drying time at every stage of carving. Tastefully shaded varnish with a clear and even tone thoughout.

 

Johannes Kohr K600
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4, 1/2
$2,400.00

Johannes Kohr K800. Like the K600, but with choice tonewood.

 

Johannes Kohr K800
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4, 1/2
$3,150.00

Xueping Hu Model 400. Like the model 200, but with better wood selection and graduations to appeal to a highly skilled player. Greater projection and range of tonal possibilities. Also known as Snow 400.

Xueping Hu Model 400
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4
$4,125.00

Core Conservatory Model C30 Tastefully antiqued, with European Spruce top.

Core Conservatory Model C30
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4, 1/2
$2,400.00

Core Symphony Model SM30 This instrument features a well-seasoned one-piece maple back aged at least 7 years! Combined with experienced craftsmanship, the resulting tonal qualities are well-balanced, with both clarity and warmth, refinement and power.

Core Symphony Model SM30
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4
$4,100.00

 

Core Soloist Model S030 Performance level cello constructed of spruce and maple aged at least 10 years! Powerful projection capable of full dynamic expression with a rich, complex tonal palette suitable for discerning musicians. Sophisticated, subtle "antiqued" varnish highlights the artistic workmanship. Aged 5 years after their construction and prior to varnishing.

Core Soloist Model SM30
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4
$6,900.00

 

Core Dragon Model DR05. As the entry-level Dragon cello, this instrument really delivers for the money! The color-shaded spirit varnish is less antiqued than the higher level Dragon instruments. This is an excellent step-up instrument.

Core Dragon Model DR05
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4
$3,400.00

 

Core Dragon Model DR10. Medium to medium-dark red-brown, semi-opaque varnish of medium gloss; mild, tasteful physical antiquing.

Core Dragon Model DR10
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4
$3,900.00

 

Core Dragon Model DR20. Transparent medium golden amber varnish.

Core Dragon Model DR20
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4
$4,200.00

Core Dragon Model DR30. Similar varnish to our DR20-VC with even finer wood selection.

Core Dragon Model DR30
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4
$5,000.00

 

Core Dragon Model DR40. Transparent medium golden amber varnish.

Core Dragon Model DR40
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4
$5,800.00

Core Dragon Model DR50. Transparent blonde to medium amber varnish of a slightly higher polish than our DR40-VC; beautiful detail and symmetry through the box and scroll. Triple-A wood selection

Core Dragon Model DR50
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4
$6,300.00
Core Select. A range of tasteful copies of antique instruments, at an affordable price.

Core Select Model 4000 Davidoff

Core Select Model 4000 Davidoff
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4
$4,300.00

 

Core Select Model 4000 Garimberti

Core Select Model 4000 Garimberti
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4
$4,300.00

 

Core Select Model 4000 Gofriller

Core Select Model 4000 Gofriller
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4
$4,300.00

 

Core Select Model 4000 Maggini

Core Select Model 4000 Maggini
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4
$4,300.00

 

Core Select Model 4000 Mongtagnana

Core Select Model 4000 Montagnana
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4
$4,300.00

 

Core Select Model 4000 Rocca

Core Select Model 4000 Rocca
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4
$4,300.00

 

Core Select Model 4000 Sleeping Beauty

Core Select Model 4000 Sleeping Beauty
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4
$4,300.00

 

Core Select Model 4000 Stainer

Core Select Model 4000 Stainer
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4
$4,600.00

 

 

 

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