Cremona SC-165 Premier Student Cello Outfit Review

Purchasing a cello is a puzzling task, more so if you lack the knowledge to distinguish the best type from the vast cellos in the market. I encountered a similar challenge, till my music teacher recommended Cremona SC- 165 Student Cello, a favorite beginner cello. I have scrutinized it to help you make a sound buying decision.

Things to Consider before Buying a Beginner Cello

Cellos come in different sizes intended for users of different heights. For instance, size 4/4 is designed for tall hobbyists while size 1/2 is intended for short hobbyists. Therefore, you should look for a cello that conforms to your height.

Besides size, you should look for a cello that is constructed from the finest quality of wood to last you for long. Eventually, you should purchase a cello with an easy sound production and quality tone.

The Cremona SC-165 

Cremona SC- 165 student cello outfit is crafted from select tonewoods to serve you for long as well as to produce an excellent tone. Besides the quality construction, this student cello’s correct string spacing supports accurate finger positioning.

Other useful features that define this student cello include the light composite tailpiece which eliminates unnecessary weight and subsequent strain, and easy to adjust fine tuners. The beginner Cello comes with a hard shell case for storage and transportation, and a well-balanced bow.

  • Its beautiful rosewood fittings give it an elegant look
  • Cremona’s student cello is student friendly.
  • The oiled neck provides a better feel while playing.
  • It has an easy playability.
  • It is not the cheapest student cello sold out there
  • Cremona SC- 165 student cello's Brazilwood bow is not as strong as those made from synthetic materials.
  • The bow’s horsehair needs regular replacements.

Features and benefits

Construction

Cremona SC-165 Premier Student Cello Outfit

Cremona SC- 165 student’s cello outfits is carved from a solid spruce top and its neck, sides, and back are carved from maple. Maple and spruce are sturdy tonewoods that can resist the wear and tear resulting from regular use and exposure to elements.

In addition to the sturdy frame, the fingerboard and amp are also designed from ebony while the tailpiece is designed from East Indian rosewood. Both ebony and rosewood are sturdy.

Appearance

Unlike its competitors, Cremona SC- 165 student cello's translucent brown finish gives it a high-end appeal. Therefore, if you love style, this antiqued look might serve as an excellent source of inspiration for you.

Playability and tone production

Another hallmark that distinguishes Cremona SC- 165 from its competitors is its easy playability and consistent tone production. This student cello feature correct spaced strings for accurate finger positioning, smooth fine tuners for hassle-free tuning, and a responsive Brazilwood bow for smooth tone production. I like this feature as it gives you a good exposure to handling high-end professional cellos.

Cremona SC- 165 student cello’s case is strong

Most beginner cellos come with a cheaply stitched carry case. On the contrary, Cremona SC- 165 student cello comes with a hard, injection- molded foam case that protects the cello while not in use, as well as facilitating the ease of transportation. The case is light in weight.

Value

Despite being pricey, Cremona SC- 165 student cello comes with numerous features that can be hardly found on cheap beginner models. Therefore, I can argue that this beginner cello has a reasonable price-quality ratio. However, you can still find affordable cellos with similar features as those found on Cremona SC- 165 cellos.

Rating

Design

5

Performance

5

Construction

5

Value for the Money

3

User Satisfaction

4.5

Alternatives

Other options to consider are Cecilio CCO – 500 solid wood cello, Merano Full Size Student Cello, and D Z Strad Cello Model 100 for a young cellist.

Cecilio CCO- 500 Cello, size 4/4

Cecilio CCO- 500 Cello, size 4/4

Cecilio CCO- 500 solid wood cello is constructed from a hand-carved spruce top, and the sides, neck, and back are designed from maple to last long. In addition to its construction, the cello’s fingerboard and pegs are designed from ebony, the fine tuners are nickel plated, and the tailpiece is designed from mother of pearl.

The student cello comes with a Brazilwood bow, cello stand, rosin, bridge, and a set of strings. It costs $399.99.

Comparison with Cremona SC-​ 165 student cello

  • Cecilio CCO- 500 cello has a one year warranty 
  • Cheaper than Cremona SC- 165 student cello
  • Both have a Brazilwood bow with unbleached horse hair

Merano Full Size Student Cello

Merano Full Size Student Cello

Merano's full-size student cello's top is designed from Spruce, and its sides, neck, and back are designed from Maple. Maple and spruce are sturdy tonewoods that are commonly used in making high-end cellos.

On the other hand, the cello's fingerboard and pegs are constructed from hard black wood, and tailpiece and fine tuners are designed from a sturdy alloy. Merano's full-size student cello comes with a cello stand, metro tuner, rosin, wood stick bow, and a set of strings. It costs $220.

Comparison with Cremona SC- 165 student cello

  • Both are constructed from tonewood to last long
  • Merano full-size purple student cello has a pink finish while Cremona has a varnish-like finish.
  • More affordable than Cremona SC.

D Z Strad Cello Model 100 for young cellist

D Z Strad Cello Model 100 for young cellist

Like its competitors above, D Z Strad’s cello for young cellist is designed from tonewood while the fingerboard and other fittings are designed from ebony. Tonewood and ebony enhance the cello's durability and tone production. The full-size cello outfit comes with a rosin, a set of strings, cello bow, and a case. It costs $ 1, 250.

Comparison with Cremona SC- 165 student cello

  • D Z Strad’s cello is expensive.
  • Both cellos have an easy playability and excellent tone.
  • Both are designed to last long.

Final Thoughts

Cremona SC- 165 student cello is one of the best beginner cellos sold on the market. This cello is constructed to last long, and it has an excellent tone and easy playability. The instrument is also reasonably priced, and it comes with a hard case to store and carry it. For more information about cello, you can check out our best cello for beginners.

Stephanie Su
 

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