The price of an unused electric or acoustic cello can range anywhere from 300 USD to tens of thousands of dollars.
Full-size electric cellos on the low end of the spectrum
can be purchased from numerous retailers. Cecilio Electric Cellos are abundant on the market and you can find many priced under 400 USD
. My first purchase of an electric cello was a full-size Cecilio. You can read about my experience here. Leeche instruments are unique and come in a variety of shapes, colors and patterns starting around 550 USD
Full-size acoustic cellos priced well under 600 USD
, and even well under 300 USD dollars
, include brand names like Merano, Cecilio, Grace, etc. Some are solid wood and usually come with important accessories, i.e., hard/soft case, bow, rosin, and an extra set of strings.
Yamaha Electric Cellos
Higher quality electric cellos will include instruments made by Yamaha which run between 1500 and 4000 USD
. Yamaha is a reputable brand believed to manufacture more acoustic-sounding electric instruments with a higher level of craftsmanship. You can read more about them here.
Higher Quality Acoustic Cellos
For a full-size, carbon fiber acoustic cello handcrafted by Luis and Clark out of Massachusetts, prices start around $7,000 USD. Luis and Clark instruments are specially handcrafted for many world-class orchestral musicians and for well-known popular artists. Acclaimed cellist and songwriter Yo-Yo Ma is one example, as are Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic from the popular musical duo, 2Cellos.
Rare, Vintage, and Specially-Crafted Acoustic Cellos
Acoustic cellos costing in the tens of thousands of dollars are usually priced for their exceptional craftsmanship and resulting sound quality—makers include both contemporary or historical luthiers. A 2010 Haide Lin handcrafted cello is one such instrument that won a certificate of achievement for ‘tone’ at the Violin Society of America competition in Cleveland. It is currently on sale for between $20,000 and $50,000.
The Stradivari Cello
The most expensive acoustic cello ever sold is the Stradivarius cello made by the famous luthier Antonio Stradivari, owned at one time by musical virtuoso Nicolò Paganini. The cello was recently sold to an unidentified buyer known only as a “patroness of the arts from Montreal,” for over a reported $6 Million USD.
A Budget for Everyone
The price range of an electric or acoustic cello is vast and can fit any budget. Whether you are a string player or gift-giver, you can find an acoustic or electric cello that not only fits your budget but allows you—or the musician in your life—to continue honing your playing skills and expanding your musical repertoire. If you’re ready to take the next step and need more information about how to choose the right instrument, read Best Electric Cello Review to Read BEFORE Purchasing One.