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I am looking for a cello for a 9 yr. old. Any suggestions
old or new welcomed. Thank you
Whether or not to buy a cello for a nine year old depends
on many factors. How serious a player is your child and
for how long have they been playing? What size cello are
you looking for? Do you plan to trade the cello in for a
larger size when your child outgrows it or will you be
reselling it yourself? What is your budget?
Decent small size cellos, the maker called Jay Haide,
can be rented from Ifshin's in Berkeley for $50 per month.
They have cheaper, lesser quality cellos for rent as well.
To buy, a good quality small sized cello will cost from
$2,000 to $3,000 (or more). Joan Balter, a private studio
in Berkeley, 524-4333 has a good collection. Kamimoto
String Instruments in San Jose is a good source, 408
298-8168, and Roland Feller in San Francisco, 415 567-3708.
Sometimes, as in our case, a Master teacher will have
fine cellos to lend to students. It is very difficult
to find good small cellos, easy to find mediocre ones.
There is not much of a re-sale market for cellos smaller
And now a response to the where-to-buy-a-cello request:
Try Ifshin violins on University Ave. in Berkeley.
We rent our cello from Ifshin Violins at 1633 University
Avenue. They outgrow cellos so quickly, even though it's
costly, it seemed less costly than buying. Also, if you
rent, Ifshin will take care of any problems (buzzing strings,
slipped bridge, change strings when needed, etc). They
also sell cellos, if you really want to buy.
For rentals (if Ifshin doesn't have the right size at the
moment), you could also try Aeril Whitback, who runs "The
Cello Orphanage" in Danville, at (925) 837-3814. She repairs
damaged cellos and generally rents them out, although
sometimes sells them as well.
There is also a catalogue company, Shar Music, that has
reasonable priced cellos (relatively, the least expensive
begin a bit below $1000 and go up from there). They have
a web site, http://www.sharmusic.net/home.htm.
How wonderful your child is taking up the cello. I have a nine year old son
who has been playing for a year now. Perhaps even more important than where
you buy, is that you get assistance from your cello teacher. I do recommend
Ifshin on University Ave. in Berkeley, and they are knowledgeable, helpful,
wonderful. Ideally, meet your cello teacher there and he/she can help you
through the process, choosing the right instrument for your child. Ifshin
does rent, but we purchased an older cello, which Henry has now almost
outgrown. Ifshin has an excellent buy back program when you trade up to a
larger instrument. Hope this helps
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