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 electric cello was a full-size Cecilio. I have my qualms about Cecilio electric cellos, but as a starter instrument it has worked well. You can read about my experience here.
Leeche electric cello models are ornately designed and come in a variety of shapes and flashy on-stage color patterns, starting around 550 USD.
Full-size acoustic cellos are often priced well under 600 USD, and even well under 300 USD dollars, and include brand names like Merano, Cecilio, Grace, etc. Some are solid wood and usually come with essential accessories, i.e., hard/soft case, bow, rosin, and an extra set of strings. The Merano packages include everything a first-time cellist needs to begin practicing: music stand, cello stand, sheet music, metronome/tuner, etc. Smaller-sized cellos may be offered at a smaller price point.
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 Yamaha cellos here.
Higher Quality Acoustic Cellos
For a full-size, carbon fiber acoustic cello handcrafted by Massachusetts-based Luis and Clark, 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 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.