Recommended For: Beginner
Cecilio is one of the most well-known student cello brand in the world. They produce quality instruments at a fraction of the cost of other big-name players and ALL of their instruments are hand-made, even the less than $200 CCO-100. It is no wonder that it is rated as our best cello brand for beginners.
Cecilio cellos are made out of hand-carved solid tonewoods in the traditional fashion: spruce top, flamed maple sides and back, and inlaid purfling. Their upper tier of student cellos also feature well-defined flames.
The main shortcoming of Cecilio cellos is that their fingerboards are made of maple instead of ebony. Ebony fingerboards are sturdier than maple since ebony is a hardwood which means ebony fingerboards can withstand the repeated pressure of fingers tapping on them. Of course, removing the ebony fingerboards makes for a lower-cost cello, but you may need to take your cello in for repairs more often.
These cello outfits are also very generous. Most Cecilio outfits come with a quality brazilwood bow with unbleached Mongolian horsehair. They also come with boxwood pegs, tailpiece (with four fine tuners), and both a soft and hard case! Great value for your money.
Given the value you get for the price, the Cecilio cello brand gets our highest vote, but if you are an advanced player, we recommend looking at some of the higher-end cellos below.