Give Your Child the Gift of Music: A Parent's Guide to Stentor Cellos

Are you considering learning to play the cello, or are you a parent looking for an affordable cello for your child? Stentor cellos may be the perfect choice for you.

Stentor is a British company that has been making stringed instruments for over 100 years. They have a great reputation for producing good quality and affordable instruments, particularly for beginner and intermediate players. Their cellos are no exception.

When selecting a cello, it's important to consider a few factors to ensure that you get an instrument that will suit your needs and help you progress as a player.

Size: The first thing to consider is size. Cellos come in various sizes, ranging from 1/8 to 4/4. It's important to choose a cello that is the right size for you, as playing on an ill-fitted instrument can hinder your progress and cause discomfort or even injury.

Build Quality: The quality of the build and materials used in the cello's construction can significantly impact the sound and playability of the instrument. Look for cellos with solid, carved tops as opposed to laminated tops. Solid tops are better at producing a fuller, richer sound.

Tonewood: Tonewood refers to the specific type of wood used in the construction of the cello. Spruce and maple are the most commonly used tonewoods for cellos. Spruce is typically used for the top of the cello, while maple is used for the back, sides, and neck. These woods are known for producing warm, resonant sounds.

Sound: The sound of the cello is the most important factor to consider. It's important to play the cello and listen to its sound before making a purchase. A good cello should have a clear and rich tone, with good projection and resonance.

Price: Finally, consider your budget. Cellos can range from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. It's important to find a cello that is within your budget, but also offers good value for the money. Look for cellos with good build quality, tonewood, and sound at a price point that suits you.

Stentor cellos are an excellent choice for beginner and intermediate cellists looking for a high-quality instrument at an affordable price. Stentor offers a range of cellos, including the Stentor Student I and II models, as well as the Stentor Conservatoire models for more advanced players.

One popular model is the Stentor Student I cello, which is a great option for beginner students. It has a solid carved spruce top, solid carved maple back and sides, and an ebony fingerboard and pegs. This combination of materials produces a warm and resonant sound that is ideal for classical music.

For those looking for a step up in quality, the Stentor Conservatoire cello is a great choice. It has a similar build to the Student I, but with upgraded tonewoods and a higher standard of finish. This cello is ideal for intermediate players who are looking for a more refined and nuanced sound.

Overall, Stentor cellos are a great choice for students looking for a high-quality instrument that will help them progress as players. With attention to size, build quality, tonewood, sound, and price, you can make an informed decision and find a cello that is the right fit for you.

At Melbourne Music Centre, we stock a range of Stentor cellos, including the Student I and Conservatoire models. Our cellos are set up by our experienced technicians to ensure that they play well and are comfortable to play. Prices start at a competitive $829.99, making Stentor cellos an affordable and high-quality option for beginners.

At Melbourne Music Centre, we understand that it can be overwhelming for new cello players to choose the right instrument. That's why we take extra care to set up all of our Stentor cellos before they leave our store. We ensure that the bridge is properly fitted and adjusted, the strings are properly stretched and tuned, and the soundpost is correctly positioned.

This means that our cellos are ready to play right away, without any additional setup needed. This is a service that many other music stores and online retailers do not offer, leaving you with the daunting task of setting up your new instrument yourself or paying someone else to do it. With our cellos, you can rest assured that you are getting a quality instrument that is ready to play as soon as you take it home.

So if you're looking for a cello that will take you from your first lesson to your first performance, consider a Stentor cello from Melbourne Music Centre.