Cecilio 4/4 CECO-1BK Electric Cello Review

Electric Cello is a modern re-imagining of a true classic, taking the bowed instrument into the future in the same way the guitar was with the onset of the electric guitar. Electric cellos are great because they can be used as quieter versions of acoustic cellos or plugged into an amplifier to reach a larger audience, making them ideal instruments for a range of musicians.

Things To Consider Before Buying An Electric Cello

As is the case with most instruments, you will probably want to start with a less expensive electric cello. However, you don’t want to go too cheap and wind up with an instrument that won’t be fun to play, so it’s a good idea to look for a good starter kit that keeps the budget in the affordable range while not sacrificing too much on quality to make the savings not worth it in the long run.

The Cecilio 4/4

Cecilio’s Electric Cello is a 4/4 size instrument made from hand carved maple wood and featuring ebony fingerboard, pegs and tailpiece. Included are four detachable tuners, bow, rosin, headphones and a lightweight soft case for carrying the instrument. Cecilio’s Electric Cello is a great option to get you started, and is of a high enough quality to make for a solid experience without breaking the bank.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Good starter kit that includes everything you need
  • Sounds good

Cons

  • Not of the highest quality
  • Has to tuned frequently
  • Not the most durable

Features & Benefits

Construction

Cecilio 4/4 CECO-1BK Electric Cello

The main trade-off for getting an electric cello at such a low price point is that the construction quality is somewhat reduced. While overall Cecilio has offered up a lot of value with this instrument, there are still some issues to note. There is some issue with the tuning pegs being prone to slipping out of alignment, which means that you will have to re-tune frequently, which ultimately affects performance as well. There have been some general quality control complains with various aspects of the cello, including the pain detail and the electronics, but for the most part the instrument is as well put together as you’d expect it to be considering the cost.

Performance

While the build quality leaves a bit to be desired, Cecilio’s Electric Cello manages to excel when it comes to performance. However, to improve the performance capabilities of this instrument, customers may want to consider upgrading from the included bow to one that is a little higher quality. Musicians who are using this instrument for practice to cut down on noise will be pleased with how much it feels like playing an acoustic cello, while the ability to plug into an amp makes it great for ensemble settings.

Sound

For the money, Cecilio’s Electric Cello sounds surprisingly very good. Musicians who are concerned that an electric cello will sound too different from an acoustic one will be happy to know this isn’t the case, as the instrument sounds almost indiscernible from a traditional cello. The electric components mean that the cello can be played at reduced volume standalone, or can be used with an amplifier to boost the sound.

Rating

Design

3

Performance

4

Construction

3

Value for the Money

4

User Satisfaction

4

Alternatives

Kinglos Solid Wood Electric Cello

Kinglos Solid Wood Electric Cello

As is the case with Cecilio’s offering, this cello was made with lower grade materials to compensate for the modest price tag. It has the same issues with its tuning system, but its build in general is a bit higher in quality. Similar to Cecilio, Kinglos seems to have some issues when it comes to quality control with this instrument as well. All in all the Kinglos Electric Cello is comparable to Cecilio’s in a lot of ways, with the overall quality being increased somewhat with the price tag.

Compared to Cecilio 4/4 CECO:

  • More expensive
  • Higher quality instrument
  • Includes a similar assortment of accessories

Yamaha SVC-110SK Silent Electric Cello

Yamaha SVC-110SK Silent Electric Cello

Contrasting Cecilio’s Electric Cello, the Yamaha SVC-110SK Silent Electric Cello is a high end instrument with a price tag that reflects this increase in quality. As to be expected, the greater cost is due to high quality build with fine materials, while the sound quality is improved as well. While these are all greater qualities, the price will likely be outside the budget of most beginners, so it probably wouldn’t make a great fit for any player who isn’t very advanced yet.

Compared to Cecilio 4/4 CECO:

  • More expensive
  • Higher quality instrument
  • Great sound

NS Design CR6 Cello

NS Design CR6 Cello

The NS Design CR6 Cello is another high end offering, exceeding Yamaha’s SVC-110SK in terms of price and quality. The CR6 features a distinctive non-traditional body shape that essentially gets rid of everything but the tailpiece, top and fingerboard. As this is an electric instrument, the shape has no effect on the sound, and the instrument’s streamlined design makes it very modern in appearance. In terms of performance, sound quality and build, the CR6 excels in every category. However, the exorbitant price will make it unaffordable for a lot of musicians.

Compared to Cecilio 4/4 CECO:

  • Very high end
  • Non-traditional shape
  • Much more expensive

Final Thoughts

All in all, when you take price into consideration it’s clear that Cecilio’s Electric Cello has a lot of value as a starter instrument. The fact that it includes everything you need to get started makes it great for beginners, while the solid sound quality and performance mean that it won’t get in the way of your learning. While there are some issues with the quality of its construction, you can’t expect a high end instrument at this price point. Given all the variables, Cecilio delivers plenty of bang for your buck with their Electric Cello.

Stephanie Su
 

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