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Choosing Between Electric Cello And The Acoustic




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Choosing between electric cello and the acoustic was a lot easier before the 1930s because there were no electric cellos. And now that we have them, it can be challenging for cellists and learners to decide which to buy.

The electric and acoustic cello share a lot of similarities. They both come in different sizes, strings, heights, materials, and styles. So these considerations are not the deal breakers in this age-long debate. The differences between both are the prices, easy mobility, sound quality, orchestra preference, and feel.


Although acoustic cellos were invented centuries earlier, they still generally cost more than electric cellos. High-grade advanced cellos could cost as high as 5 times the price of a counterpart electric cello. The intermediate ones could cost almost twice. Hence, for beginners, it might be more affordable to buy an electric cello

Ease of mobility

Acoustic cellos are far sturdier than electric cellos which could make mobility difficult. Despite this sturdiness, they are still more delicate. They are affected by the temperature and more susceptible to damages if they are dropped or mishandled.
On the other hand, electric cellos are less sturdy because their sound does not depend on the hollow body. Most are light and easy to move around. Some are even transparent.

Orchestra Preference

There has been a lot of resistance to the use of electric cellos in many orchestras. Most of them still prefer the classical way orchestras are set up. It might be challenging to secure a place in orchestras with an electric cello. Some electric cellos are crafted like acoustic cellos though. Such that, it might be difficult to tell them apart from acoustic cellos. If your goal is to join an orchestra soon, you fancy a better chance with an acoustic cello.

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Sound Quality

The audible grace in a cello’s harmony is one of our favourite things about the instrument. It is even more beautiful when a pro is sitting behind the instrument. Interestingly, an electric cello offers more for some reasons. There is no need to worry about micing, its hitches and screeches. Electric cellos also do not have volume problems. You can rehearsal without the fears of disturbing the neighbours.

The Feel

Manufacturers try to make electric cellos feel like the acoustics as best as possible. You can get a high-quality cello in Singapore. Depending on the grade you buy, the feel might not quite match up. However, electric cellos are able to provide the same effects with less efforts when using various techniques. Many professionals still prefer acoustic cello for the natural aesthetics around it. However, most beginners believe it is easier to learn on an electric cello.

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The debate on which is better between electric and acoustic musical instruments goes beyond cellos. But as it applies to cello, you just have to pick the one that works best for you. Just consider the benefits and disadvantages of using either first. Then, you may speak with professionals and let them further guide your decisions.

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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