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History of the Cello

Branching off the violin family tree in the 16th century, the cello made its way into the Italian Renaissance under several names, most notably the violincello and ultimately the cello. By the 17th and 18th centuries it had been incorporated into many famous classical works throughout Europe and received suites, sonatas, and solos of its very own. Today it is still one of the main orchestral instruments and has been woven into not only classical music and string quartets, but also many other genres like rock, jazz, pop, soundtrack, and more.

Cello Variations

In its early days of existence, the cello was sometimes made with 5 strings. Although 5-string models are still available, today it is most commonly found with the traditional 4 strings.

Cellos are mainly constructed with endpins at their base to prevent slippage and enable the player to position their instrument at a comfortable angle to their body, but there are also Baroque-styled cellos intentionally made without an endpin. These are intended to be played with a slightly different technique.

Cellos come in a variety of sizes for children and adults, and can be acoustic or electric. For amplified sound, one can use an instrument microphone, add pickups to an acoustic cello, or choose a premade electric cello. Electric string instruments are typically designed with only the bones/rims of the body and are either battery operated or electrically powered. You'll find the wood composition and stylistic craftmanship of all cellos vary among luthiers and models.

Say Cello to the Sam Ash Selection

Sam Ash is home to Carlo Robelli, Cremona, Hora, and NS Design student, intermediate, and professional cellos, in addition to cello outfits that come standard with a case, bow, and other items. We also supply cello stands, rosin, slip-stops, endpin anchors, tuners, mutes, pickups, finger markers/tape, peg drops/dope, extra cello strings, maintenance products, replacement parts, and other stringed instrument accessories.

Create and develop your repertoire! We have a wide assortment of cello books ranging from beginner to intermediate and advanced, as well as strong, foldable music stands to hold your cello sheet music at both practices and performances, and stand lights to brighten up the pages in dimly lit spaces.

Interested in recording, or looking to hit the stage? No problem! Our immense collection of recording and live sound gear including softwareaudio interfacesinstrument micsPA systems, and more, are ready to take you and your sound to the next level.

If you're searching for a teacher, be sure to visit one of our Sam Ash Learning Centers, where we have highly-trained, professional music teachers on staff that are ready and eager to teach cello lessons!

If you need help finding just the right gear, give us a call at 1-800-472-6274, where real musicians are standing by with the musical knowledge and expertise to help you satisfy all your musical needs!