Cecilio CCO-100 Student Cello Review

The cello is one of the most striking of the classical string instruments, but it isn't easy to learn. A beginner cello is a great entry point into the learning process. The CCO-100 from Cecilio is one such beginner's model of cello that is worth your consideration.

What To Consider Before Buying A Beginner Cello

The wood and the shape of a cello play major roles in determining its tone and how much sound it can project. Other things that can vary include the size of the cello, whether or not it comes with accessories, and the types of joints that connect the neck, body, and top. The more effort and higher-quality materials that go into a cello, the more expensive it will be. However, not all expensive cellos are good, so research pays off.

The Cecilio CCO-100

The CCO-100 is intended for students. More specifically, it is geared towards anyone who is essentially totally new to the cello and wants something good enough for practice, but as inexpensive as possible. The ideal buyer for the CCO-100 is someone who is not sure if they are going to continue playing, so they don't want to invest a lot of money into the instrument. It also comes with a bow, extra strings, a stand, a soft bag, rosin, and a bridge. That means the CCO-100 is self-contained and everything that you might need to play it is in the box.

Pros

  • Complete package of accessories
  • Low price
  • Spruce top with maple body

Cons

  • Tone is lacking
  • Bow will need a replacement soon
  • Strings also won't last long

Features and Benefits

Accessories

Cecilio CCO-100 Student Cello

The assortment of extras that the CCO-100 ships with is appealing. Between the gig bag, bow, rosin, strings, bridge, and stand, the instrument has everything you need to set it up and play it. The quality of these extras is not the highest, but they are better than having to buy them separately. It is also a cost savings. If you already have one or more of these items from previous cello play, then the CCO-100 is not as valuable to you.

Wood

The body and sides of the CCO are made of maple, which is one of the most common choices for a tonewood in a cello. The top side of the body is made of a special spruce that resists scratching, bumping, and other damage. This makes the instrument more durable, but hurts some of the tone and especially the sustain. The fingerboard is made of maple, which is standard across most levels of cello and produces a fine sound.

Price

It's hard to ignore just how inexpensive the CCO is. It is selling for $200 at a time when an intermediate cello is at a good price when it costs $1500. More expensive cellos sell for much more. $200 is just enough to learn and get a feel for the instrument using the included accessories. It is not quite an impulse buy, but it is close and can still have an effect on the family finances if not planned for.

Size Options

Unlike some other models of cello, the COO comes in different models depending on the password. It runs the whole spectrum from 1/4 scale to full 4/4 scale. This is an effective and useful learning tool that lets small players and children to get started on the cello from an early age.

Ratings

Design

4

Performance

4

Construction

4

Value for the Money

5

User Satisfaction

5

Alternatives

Cecilio CCO-500 Ebony Fitted Flamed Solid Wood Cello

Cecilio CCO-500 Ebony Fitted Flamed Solid Wood Cello

The CCO-500 is similar to the CCO-100, but it comes with some upgrades. First of all, it has a hard case in addition to the gig bag. That's perfect for long trips, air travel, or long-term storage. It also comes with a varnish finish that better protects the instrument from scratches and bumps compared to the natural finish on the 100.

Comparison

Cecilio CCO-400

Price: $200

Woods: Maple, spruce, ebony

Extras: Soft bag, hard case, bow, rosin, stand

Cecilio CCO-100

Price: $200

Woods: Maple, spruce, ebony

Extras: Soft bag, bow, rosin, stand

Crescent 4/4 Beginner Cello

Crescent 4/4 Beginner Cello

The beginner full-sized cello from Crescent is a direct competitor to the Cecilio 100. It has a slightly lower price, and in exchange it has a rosewood fingerboard instead of ebony and the bridge has to be mounted before play.

Comparison

Crescent 4/4 Beginner

Price: $150

Woods: Maple, spruce, rosewood

Extras: Soft bag, bow, stand

Cecilio CCO-100

Price: $200

Woods: Maple, spruce, ebony

Extras: Soft bag, bow, rosin, stand

Windsor MI-3006 Windsor 4/4 Size Cello with Padded Bag

Windsor MI-3006 Windsor 4/4 Size Cello with Padded Bag

The MI-3006 is Windsor's entry in the beginner cello market. As usual, it comes with a bag and maple and spruce construction. It has its own adjustable height spike, which is perfect for young learners who will grow along with the instrument. The gig bag has straps to help carry the cello.

Comparison

Windor MI-3006

Price: $135

Woods: Maple, spruce, rosewood, ebony

Extras: Soft bag, bow, stand

Cecilio CCO-100

Price: $200

Woods: Maple, spruce, ebony

Extras: Soft bag, bow, rosin, stand

Final Thoughts

The beginner cello market has many different options that all cost less than $500. For that price, their tone is not the best, but they tend to come with several extras like bows, strings, cases, and stands. They are meant for absolute beginners who have nothing and want to try out the cello. You will want to upgrade it later on if you are serious with the instrument, but the initial investment is relatively low, so this is no great loss. They often come in smaller sizes too for children who are not big enough to hold a full-sized cello, but these tend to become obsolete quickly as children grow. For more beginner cello reviews and tips you may check it here.

Stephanie Su
 

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