With rental season starting soon, you may be wondering whether you should buy a new cello or rent one. The answer is not simple and usually requires weighing not only the upfront monetary cost, but whether the student will continue playing for years to come or stop three months into starting. Buying a cello brand-new is an expensive endeavor with brand-new cellos running at least $200. We'll start our analysis of the problem of whether to rent or buy a cello with an overview of the typical costs of of renting and buying a cello. How much does buying a cello cost?