The Cecilio CCO-500 is very affordable for most people. For an intermediate cello, you can’t beat the $450 price tag, especially when you consider the quality of the instrument and all of the additional accessories that come with it. The instrument retails for about $1000 MSRP on the Cecilio website, but you can get it for less than $500 on Amazon. Most intermediate cellos are priced in the $700+ range with many running over $1000. There is something to be said about Cecilio cellos as they know how to balance quality with price very well.
The Cecilio CCO-500 is made with some of the highest quality materials available for cellos. One of the first things you will notice is the quality of the wood that is used to construct this instrument.
The entire body of the Cecilio CCO-500 is covered in maple wood. The instrument has a flamed maple back, neck, and sides. The top of the cello is covered in dense spruce to create a durable surface for playing. The entire body is covered in a fine golden brown luster which gives a lovely sheen and really enhances the grain of the woods.
The fingerboard, pegs, and tailpiece are made of durable grade 1 ebony which is rare at this price point. Normally you would get grade 2 or 3 ebony which requires repairs much more frequently. Grade 1 ebony is much more crack resistant and will wear a lot slower than the lower quality ebony.
It also has hand-carved inlaid purfling which gives it a luxury look. This instrument certainly looks a lot more expensive that it really is.
The Cecilio CCO-500 cello outfit on Amazon comes with two different cases, a soft case and a hard case. The soft case is made of a sturdy fabric that protects the cello for short trips while the hard case is sturdy enough to pack in a car for a road trip or take on a flight.