Hi there, my name is Darren
I've been a guitar player for about 17 years now, but I'm finding that I just can't say what I want to with a guitar anymore. I've always loved the viol family of instruments, and I've decided that I would like to start learning the cello as it's been my favourite for a long time. I tried the violin before, but didn't get along with it, despite admiring its more portable nature. I have always preferred the sound of the cello though. I know I'm a bit old, but at 24 I still think there's time for me to reach a level where I can hopefully have as much fun expressing myself on the cello as I can on the guitar.
I'm looking at the rent-to-buy schemes at the moment and have found two (both offered by the same store) that I'm very interested in and was wondering if someone could give me any opinions on the instruments at all?
The first is a Primavera 200 outfit (includes a bow and soft case), this outfit is £40 p/m fitted with Jargar strings and looks like a very nice cello. I believe it is made by the Eastman Strings company and I have a lot of respect for their offerings in the world of guitars, so this seems like a good option to me. I also like that this cello is made entirely of solid woods with no laminates.
The second is the Andreas Zeller solid woods instrument, again this instrument uses no laminates. It is £5 more expensive per month than the Primavera 200 at £45 p/m and also comes fitted with Jargar strings. I have read some good reviews of these instruments as well, but am less familiar with the name, although I understand that they are a subsidiary of Stentor Music. One problem with the Zeller though is that it is not sold as an outfit, so I would have to purchase a bow and case for it myself (I have seen a soft case for about £40 that would likely suffice as I don't use public transport very often). I don't know about a bow though, as there seems little point in having a nicer instrument if the bow is of a noticeably lesser quality.
What does everyone think about these instruments? How far into my grades is either of these cellos likely to take me before I start looking to move on to another instrument? What bow would people recommend if I were to look at the Zeller?
I think I am leaning more towards the Prima 200 at the moment. Probably in part because I am already familiar with the manufacturer, but also because it is a significantly cheaper option when factoring in the cost of a bow and case as well. Another point that I'm thinking about is that -assuming I stick with the instrument- I'll likely want to upgrade further down the line it might be better to put the excess money toward my next instrument if the difference between the two is more minimal?
Any opinions would be most welcome and thanks to everyone in advance for your time, I really appreciate the help.
Oh, I should also mention that I intend to get lessons (either once or twice a month, depending on what I can afford) right from the get-go, so no need to worry there as my guitar playing has already taught me the importance of a good teacher