This article was originally published in 2012. It has been updated with new information
Guess what is scheduled to arrive at my doorstep? A beautiful, full-size, hand-carved, maple wood electric cello in pearl white. I’m ecstatic because the price was within my budget and I no longer have a classical cello (short, but sad, story). An electric cello ups my game, expanding the resources in my home recording studio.
Pearly White Toy
In researching the product, it became clear that there is a large variance in craftsmanship between electric cellos on the market—my budget being on the low end of the spectrum.
Because of my frugality, I leaned toward a lower-quality instrument while choosing the right electric cello. My first music video was shot in a bedroom on a zero-dollar budget, and the vocals recorded in a (semi) soundproof studio in a 6 x 8 closet (I responded to a “Free Foam–Please Take” ad on Craigslist. You’d be amazed at the unfortunate amount of highly-priced, standard-grade foam being produced on the market, despite the plethora of used foam you can easily find online).
Yamaha and Cecilio are two brands that return often in search engine results. Thinking I had found a good value, locally, on a used Cecilio electric cello being sold for $350 by a college student on Craigslist, I jumped on the offer only to find out the person was trying to break even when I discovered the same instrument—unused—at kkmusicstore.com. The cello was listed the same electric cello unused for the same price, including free shipping.
Curious about KK Music Store’s business methods, I used an elementary yet effective tag on Google: kkmusicstore bad. The negative return results were instant: poor craftsmanship; questionable shipping standards; a one-sided return policy with a clear winner; unapologetic customer-relations practices … the list went on. I became deeply afraid to make a purchase from this company so I did. Yes, you read that right.
But, before convincing myself that the overall number of purchases at KK Music Store far outweighed the negative experiences found in a biased Google search, I moved on to other consumer pastures and ventured to Crystalcello Musical Instruments. They had a homely but trustworthy feel to their website (as if that matters), but eight out of the nine electric cellos listed on their website were sold out.
Checking out Yamaha electric cellos, they were out of my budget starting around $1,700. Speaking with a sales associate in the strings department at Groth Music, I was told purchasing a Yamaha would be the smarter investment over cheaper models on the market. But in the end I chose to stay within my budget and avoided any unnecessary charges to unjustified lines of credit. I purchased the Cecilio Electric Cello. ♥