How Much Does a Cello Cost? Pricing Guide

A new cello would cost anywhere from $300 to $2,500 for beginner cellos and up to $10,000 for intermediate cellos. Professional-level cellos can cost upwards of $10,000.

Student Cellos

Student cellos are mass-produced, so they’re not the best in terms of design or quality. However, they cover the necessary basics that students need to learn fingering and bowing techniques.

A student cello can cost you anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500. Of course, you can find much cheaper alternatives (like second-hand ones), but you’ll likely need to replace them within a few months. 

Intermediate-Advanced Cellos

Once you’re past the beginner-level cellist phase, you’ll probably outgrow your student cello and seek to upgrade to a newer and fancier model. These cellos are capable of providing better tonal quality and producing a better sound.

A hand-crafted intermediate or advanced cello can cost you from $3,000 to $10,000, depending on the model. Cellos that fall within this price range are made of higher quality materials than affordable student cellos.

Professional Cellos

Professional cellos set the standard when it comes to quality and craftsmanship. They’re hand-crafted in limited quantities to near perfection

You can tell the designers have devoted their hearts and souls when you see a professional cello. They incorporate some of the best woods in the world to generate exceptional tonal quality with a wide dynamic range. 

You probably won’t find a real professional cello for less than $10,000

Factors That Determine the Price of a Cello

Several variables determine the price of a cello, including the craftsmanship, age, and quality of the wood and whether it’s hand-crafted or machine-produced. However, there are rare collectible cellos that can be very expensive regardless of the mentioned factors. 

How Hard Is It to Learn How to Play the Cello?

Learning the Cello can be quite challenging. It requires more effort than other instruments, especially if you attempt to teach yourself. For the best results, you have to take an online course or hire a professional cello teacher

How Much Should You Spend on Your First Cello?

As a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t spend more than $1,000 on your first cello. It can be risky to spend a lot on your first cello if you’re not sure whether you’ll continue learning, especially since it’s not easy to learn. A second-hand option is preferable until you decide if the instrument is right for you.


So, that was a brief overview of how much a cello costs. The price range is quite broad, starting from $300 up to multiples of $10,000. When you consider buying a new cello, think about your needs and whether a particular cello would be enough for them or not before overspending on an expensive cello.

Brian Clark

Brian Clark

I’ve been a writer with Musician Wave for six years, turning my 17-year journey as a multi-instrumentalist and music producer into insightful news, tutorials, reviews, and features.

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