When a cellist gets past the fundamentals of playing, he or she is usually pleased and surprised to discover the benefits of a step-up cello.
Step-up cellos produce a larger and fuller sound, offer a clearer, more pleasant tone, respond more quickly, resonate more powerfully, and allow better control of dynamics (louds and softs). In short, they sound and play better, and help a cellist reach his or her full potential. (They also make playing more enjoyable, encouraging the cellist to play and practice longer.)
Cellos are typically classified in four levels: beginner, intermediate, performer, and top-line.
With beginner cellos the focus is on easy play and holding a tuning. Beginners are learning the basics of making the notes, so beginner cellos typically don't have the features to produce high quality tone. They're designed for early use.
Intermediate cellos are for advancing cellists. Flamed, seasoned maple wood gives them a bigger, fuller sound with an open and clean tone. Careful setup of the bridge, soundpost, and strings allows them to resonate more freely. Better bows with high quality horse hair help them respond more readily to the player. Intermediate cellos are popular with junior high and high school orchestra students.
cellos are made largely by hand of choice flamed maple woods that create a rich, pleasing tone. Individual attention in setup assures that they play easily, respond quickly, and resonate freely. Special attention is given to the evenness of tone from string to string
and throughout the range of the instrument. Performer cellos and are designed for use by students, both high
school and college, who take their music seriously.
Top-line cellos incorporate all of the manufacturer's best materials, features, and hand expertise to create an ultimate cello. They are used by professionals, studio musicians, and symphony players, as well as some amateurs for whom cello is a serious avocation.
With good care a step-up cello should last a lifetime — there is rarely a need to replace a step-up cello. (Ask about Amro's Maintenance & Replacement Plan).
More questions about cellos or stepping up?
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