D Z strad Cello Model 101 Student Cello 3/4 Review

Deciding if it's the right time to buy a musical instrument could take some research on your part. Perhaps you've been thinking that buying a beginner cello could be a better option than spending money on a monthly rental.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Beginner Cello

We will be looking at beginner cellos that are 3/4 size. It would be best to speak with your teacher or orchestra director about measuring for size, but a standard rule is that a 3/4 size cello is good for someone who is between 4'6” and 5' tall.

This cello does come at a very high price for a beginner cello. If it's for a child, they should already have had previous experience with caring for a cello. This could save you a few hundred dollars in repairs should there be any kind of an accident.

DZ Strad Student Cello 101 – 3/4

This DZ Strad is definitely a beginner cello but the quality of its construction and the care that goes into its creation puts it at the high-end of beginner instruments. The DZ Strad 101 comes with a high price tag compared to most beginner cellos. However, it is worth making such an investment because this instrument will take the student into their intermediate years as a cellist.

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    The DZ Strad 101 is 100% handmade.
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    It was designed to take the beginning cellist far into their years of study.
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    It is a high-quality, well-constructed instrument.
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    Although a 3/4 size, this cello is not for children who are just beginning to play.
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    The case only provides minimal protection.
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    This is a very high price to pay for a beginner cello.

Features and Benefits

Sound

DZ Strad Student Cello 101 – 3/4

This cello is known for its playability and has a round, warm tone. It is a favorite and recommended instrument of private teachers, including Suzuki teachers. It is easy to play which could encourage beginning students to continue their studies.

Size of This Cello

The 3/4 size cello will be a great benefit for the person who needs an instrument that's a little smaller than a full-size cello. It will be a comfortable fit and will keep fingers from straining. The player's body should be aligned with the cello, so the right size will not only feel right, but it will allow the student to play better without getting tired or causing them pain.

Ebony Fittings

Many beginner string instruments will use some other wood for their fittings or will use a process that treats the wood and will turn it black in color. The DZ Strad 100 uses real ebony wood for its fingerboard, pegs and other hand-carved fittings. The strength and density of the wood add to the richness of the sound.

High-Quality Strings

Prelude cello strings are able to handle changes in humidity and temperature. They produce the warmest sound possible in strings made for students. These strings are durable and have a solid steel core and are economical. Many teachers will recommend them to their students as they prefer their tone and the way they work with the bow.

Rating

Design

5

Performance

5

Construction

5

Value for the Money

4.5

User Satisfaction

5


Alternatives

Merano 3/4 Size Cello

Merano 3/4 Size Cello

The Merano 3/4 Cello is made with spruce for the top and uses maple for the back, sides and neck. The pegs and fingerboard are made of a material that has been ebonized. The frog on the bow is rosewood and it uses genuine horsehair.

Some players have had trouble with the pegs slipping on a regular basis, thus keeping it in tune could be a challenge. Due to problems with the pegs and other set-up issues, it might be necessary to have the cello professionally adjusted before beginning to use it. 

Merano
  • The pegs and fingerboard material are ebonized. The top is spruce; the back, sides and neck are maple.
  • This package includes a light-weight case with two wheels and a soft lining, 2 bow holders and pockets for music and accessories. 
  • Price $290.00
DZ Strad Model 101
  • It has an ebony fingerboard, fittings and hand-carved pegs and tailpiece.
  • The package includes a bow, a set of Prelude strings, rosin and a cello case.
  • Price: 999.00


D'Luca MC100 3/4 Meister Student Cello

D'Luca MC100 3/4 Meister Student Cello

D'Luca's MC100 Meister Student Cello is a great bargain and will transition with the student far beyond the beginner stage of playing. The producers of D'Luca cellos inspect the instruments before they are shipped out. This cello does not come set up in order to provide protection of the instrument during shipping so you may want to have a professional assist with setting it up. 

D'Luca MC100
  • The pegs and fingerboard are rosewood. The sides and back are maple.
  • The package includes a cello stand, padded carrying bag, set of strings, chromatic tuner, a bow with quality horsehair and rosin.
  • Price: $299.95
DZ Strad Model 101
  • It has an ebony fingerboard, fittings and hand-carved pegs and tailpiece.
  • The package includes a bow, a set of Prelude strings, rosin and a cello case.
  • Price: 999.00

Cecilio CCO 100 Cello

Cecilio CCO 100 3/4 Cello

The Cecilio 100 would be great for a beginning student. The spruce top has been made to be crack-proof. The bow stick is brazilwood and has been strung with unbleached horsehair. The company technicians inspect their instruments at all their distribution centers in America before they are shipped. This cello has four color options: natural, black, blue and purple. The bridge will not be set up to avoid possible damage during shipping. 

Cecilio CCO 100
  • It is finished with a high-luster varnish. The front is spruce and the back, sides and neck are maple.
  • This package includes a padded carrying case with backpack straps, a brazilwood bow, an extra set of strings, rosin and a cello stand.
  • Price $229.99
DZ Strad Model 101
  • It has an ebony fingerboard, fittings and hand-carved pegs and tailpiece.
  • The package includes a bow, a set of Prelude strings, rosin and a cello case.
  • Price: 999.00


Final Thoughts

The DZ Strad is an excellent investment if you're looking for an instrument a student can play for many years. Playing on a cello of this caliber can encourage a cellist to keep practicing, to keep furthering their skills as a musician. The price is higher than other beginner cellos, but so is the quality.

Stephanie Su
 

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