What are some of the best options for a beginner, when it comes to the cello? I realize a cheap one could very well be a waste of money, while also adding unnecessary challenge to the learning process. So what are some models that you find acceptable for beginners? Thank you. :)
While shopping recommendations are off topic for this site, I can give some tips on what to look for in the instrument to avoid purchasing an unplayable "Instrument Shaped Object":
Looking for specific Brands won't necessarily help you. There are some brands on the market that have worked on their reputation, but now sell very different, much lower quality instrument under different model names.
I have found in the violin family instruments that there is a quality shift when the instrument includes certain things, so look for:
- carved, solid spruce top
- inlaid perferling (the edging that goes around the face)
- real Ebony pegs and fingerboard (not "ebonized wood")
If the manufacturer is including the more expensive fittings, materials and needed workmanship then the instrument is more likely to be in a range that is properly setup.
Also look at the used market. A quality used instrument can be half the price of a new model.