Recommended For: Beginner
The Stentor cellos are very affordable and have made a name for themselves by being one of the highest quality cello brands for the price. This is a great instrument to develop your cello skills one before moving on to an intermediate cello. Stentor is often recommended as one of the best cellos for beginners.
Based in the United Kingdom, Stentor manufactures the instruments in Chinese workshops, but checks each instrument for quality before delivery to your home or store.
Stentor is sure to have the right cello for your student, from absolute beginner to slightly below intermediate. They come in a variety of sizes and are very sturdy, a plus for parents worried about durability while being transported to and from school.
Like their other instruments, Stentor cellos are made in the traditional way out of solid tone woods. This includes a solid ebony fingerboard (as opposed to the Cecilio above), pegs, and fittings with maple sides and back, and a spruce top. Stentor cellos also have inlaid purfling to prevent the softer spruce wood top from splitting.
Packages on Amazon include a cello bag, wood and horsehair bow (usually brazilwood), and rosin.