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100% Trade-In Policy on SHAR instruments. There's never been a better time to "step-up" to your next cello.

$1,399.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Cello - Instrument Only

Instrument: Cello
Level: Beginning

Designed from the ground up to meet the demanding needs of America's school string teachers, Hoffmann Concert cellos represent advanced level quality at a student instrument price. With careful wood selection, hand-craftsmanship, carving and bass bar design and installation, the focus is on tone and performance. Fine, hand-applied spirit varnish with expert antiquing compares favorably to cellos retailing at $5,000 and higher. We are confident in saying that this is the finest student cello on the market today.

This Franz Hoffmann cello does not come with any accessories, it is the cello only.

$2,300.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Concert Cello - 4/4 size

Instrument: Cello
Level: Intermediate

Our Bianca cello is crafted in Romania using choice Carpathian spruce tops and and flamed maple. The oil varnish is delicately shaded and applied by hand. Final professional set-up is performed in our shop in Ann Arbor, including installation of Larsen Soloist A and D strings, Spirocore Tungsten G and C strings, and a Wittner alloy tailpiece. This is a responsive cello with a deep, full-spectrum tone.

Want to try out a cello? Shar's In-Home Trial Program is safe, easy, and risk-free. You can try out a cello for a 7-10 day period with no deposit, and no obligation to purchase, just a low $80 shipping fee which covers round-trip shipping to and from. After trying our cellos, though, most players decide to keep them for life. Give us a call, we're all string players, and we can discuss which cello is best suited to your needs: 866-742-7270.

$4,950.00

Karl Joseph Schneider® Master Art Cello - 4/4 size

Instrument: Cello
Level: Advanced

Our Most Teacher-Recommended European Violin

The beloved Karl Schneider® Master Art cello has been one of the most teacher-recommended cellos we've ever offered. And no wonder: superb tone and balance, careful German craftsmanship and a wonderful "Old German" antique varnish, all add up to a winner. Our careful shop setup and play testing assures that your new Schneider® cello will perform at its best as soon as it arrives in your home.

$1,169.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Cello Outfit - 4/4 size

Instrument: Cello
Level: Beginning

Hand-carved of aged flamed maple and clear, straight-grained spruce, the Prelude is as much a delight to look at as it is to play. The delicately-shaded golden-brown varnish is spirit-based and hand-applied, allowing the Prelude to vibrate freely and the sound to blossom. Careful attention to the ebony fingerboard allows your young student to advance quickly, without fighting poor setup. Smoothly functioning ebony pegs, perfectly-fitted bridge and post. Made in China with final test playing and adjustment in our Ann Arbor workshop to ensure that the Prelude will perform perfectly, with no wolf tones.

Available in 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/10 sizes.

Outfit includes a brazilwood/horsehair (KCB) bow, rosin and Heritage (HCB320) cello bag.

Franz Hoffmann Student Cello
From the same great workshop that makes the Franz Hoffmann bass, we are proud to present our new Hoffmann Student Cello. Famed string educator and clinician Bob Phillips has called our Hoffmann Student Bass "... easily the best value in a student bass today!" Because of its sturdy, crack-resistant, all-laminated construction, the Hoffmann Student Cello is ideal for schools, rental programs and aspiring young cellists just starting out. All of the features that make the Hoffmann Student Bass America's most popular bass are incorporated into this new cello: Beautiful wood, genuine ebony fingerboard and fittings, durable and lustrous nitro varnish and outstanding setup with Overture Premium cello strings. Our own professional staff carefully inspects every Hoffmann Student Cello in China before they are allowed to be shipped to our Ann Arbor headquarters, where each cello undergoes final play testing and tonal adjustment. The result is a loud, clear-sounding, easy-to-play cello that will bring years of enjoyment to any young cellist!

$2,100.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Cello - 4/4 size

Instrument: Cello
Level: Intermediate

A dramatically improved version, this Lamberti® offers cellists of all ages and levels a full, rich, foward sound, without the brittle edge so often heard in lesser instruments. Developed to the specifications of Charles Avsharian, CEO of Shar, these instruments are among the finest examples of Chinese instruments being made today. He traveled to China to work with fellow music professors there, ensuring that these instruments are of exceptional quality and value. They are suitable for serious students who want the best possible sound and visual appeal - all at an attractive price.

Want to try out a cello? Shar's In-Home Trial Program is safe, easy, and risk-free. You can try out a cello for a 7-10 day period with no deposit, and no obligation to purchase, just a low $80 shipping fee which covers round-trip shipping to and from. After trying our cellos, though, most players decide to keep them for life. Give us a call, we're all string players, and we can discuss which cello is best suited to your needs: 866-742-7270.

Franz Hoffmann Student Cello
From the same great workshop that makes the Franz Hoffmann bass, we are proud to present our new Hoffmann Student Cello. Famed string educator and clinician Bob Phillips has called our Hoffmann Student Bass "... easily the best value in a student bass today!" Because of its sturdy, crack-resistant, all-laminated construction, the Hoffmann Student Cello is ideal for schools, rental programs and aspiring young cellists just starting out. All of the features that make the Hoffmann Student Bass America's most popular bass are incorporated into this new cello: Beautiful wood, genuine ebony fingerboard and fittings, durable and lustrous nitro varnish and outstanding setup with Overture Premium cello strings. Our own professional staff carefully inspects every Hoffmann Student Cello in China before they are allowed to be shipped to our Ann Arbor headquarters, where each cello undergoes final play testing and tonal adjustment. The result is a loud, clear-sounding, easy-to-play cello that will bring years of enjoyment to any young cellist!

Sturdy, crack-resistant, full laminated construction with nitro varnish, solid maple scroll, ebony fingerboard and fittings, and Overture Premium strings.  This durable cello is sure to withstand the rigors of any player or program. An open sound and exceptional playability is what our customers experience with the Franz Hoffmann inspection and setup process.  Made in China, setup in our Ann Arbor shop.

Available in 4/4 to 1/8 size.

This Franz Hoffmann cello does not come with any accessories, it is the cello only. Most players purchase an outfit to start which includes a case, bow, and rosin, all of which are needed to begin playing. You can find an outfit here.

$2,100.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Cello - 4/4 size

Instrument: Cello
Level: Intermediate

A dramatically improved version, this Lamberti® offers cellists of all ages and levels a full, rich, foward sound, without the brittle edge so often heard in lesser instruments. Developed to the specifications of Charles Avsharian, CEO of Shar, these instruments are among the finest examples of Chinese instruments being made today. He traveled to China to work with fellow music professors there, ensuring that these instruments are of exceptional quality and value. They are suitable for serious students who want the best possible sound and visual appeal - all at an attractive price.

Want to try out a cello? Shar's In-Home Trial Program is safe, easy, and risk-free. You can try out a cello for a 7-10 day period with no deposit, and no obligation to purchase, just a low $80 shipping fee which covers round-trip shipping to and from. After trying our cellos, though, most players decide to keep them for life. Give us a call, we're all string players, and we can discuss which cello is best suited to your needs: 866-742-7270.

$3,950.00

Karl Joseph Schneider® Stradivari Cello - 4/4 Size

Instrument: Cello
Level: Advanced

German Craftsmanship. American Attitude.

Our Karl Joseph Schneider® Stradivari is made especially for SHAR by our partner workshop in Germany. Fine craftsmanship, aged tonewoods, lightly-antiqued but traditional varnish and close attention to detail make the Stradivari unmistakably German. But we wanted a more aggressive sound, dark but with focus, projection and articulation, for the creative violinist who often plays a wide variety of musical styles. The moment you draw your bow across the strings, you'll see immediately that the Schneider® Stradivari delivers on this promise.

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Cello Outfit - 4/4 size

Instrument: Cello
Level: Beginning

Available in 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/10
Teachers will appreciate the lovely hand-feel, usually found only on expensive cellos. The bridge and soundpost are expertly fitted for optimum sound quality. Solid maple back and spruce top with ebony pegs, fingerboard and fittings. The ebony pegs turn smoothly. Responsive steel core strings work perfectly with the fine carbon-fiber tailpiece with four built-in string adjusters. Finished in a durable and attractive red-brown nitro varnish. Made in China, play-tested and adjusted in our Ann Arbor workshop. Outfit includes Heritage (HCB320) cello bag, KCB Brazilwood bow and rosin.

$1,169.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Cello Outfit - 4/4 size

Instrument: Cello
Level: Beginning

Hand-carved of aged flamed maple and clear, straight-grained spruce, the Prelude is as much a delight to look at as it is to play. The delicately-shaded golden-brown varnish is spirit-based and hand-applied, allowing the Prelude to vibrate freely and the sound to blossom. Careful attention to the ebony fingerboard allows your young student to advance quickly, without fighting poor setup. Smoothly functioning ebony pegs, perfectly-fitted bridge and post. Made in China with final test playing and adjustment in our Ann Arbor workshop to ensure that the Prelude will perform perfectly, with no wolf tones.

Available in 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/10 sizes.

Outfit includes a brazilwood/horsehair (KCB) bow, rosin and Heritage (HCB320) cello bag.

$1,169.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Cello Outfit - 3/4 size

Instrument: Cello
Level: Beginning

Hand-carved of aged flamed maple and clear, straight-grained spruce, the Prelude is as much a delight to look at as it is to play. The delicately-shaded golden-brown varnish is spirit-based and hand-applied, allowing the Prelude to vibrate freely and the sound to blossom. Careful attention to the ebony fingerboard allows your young student to advance quickly, without fighting poor setup. Smoothly functioning ebony pegs, perfectly-fitted bridge and post. Made in China with final test playing and adjustment in our Ann Arbor workshop to ensure that the Prelude will perform perfectly, with no wolf tones.

Available in 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/10 sizes.

Outfit includes a brazilwood/horsehair (KCB) bow, rosin and Heritage (HCB320) cello bag.

$1,169.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Cello Outfit - 3/4 size

REVIEWED ON: November 17, 2016

Wonderful!

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reviewed by: Parent, Anonymous

I bought this cello for my son, knowing it is a beginner cello, but hoping it would have a decent sound. This cello exceeded all expectations. It is sturdy and it has a clear, rich tone. My son just loves playing it. Thank you for creating a beautiful instrument at such a great price!

$2,300.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Concert Cello - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: July 31, 2016

I love this cello!

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reviewed by: Anonymous

The sound that comes out is full, warm, and wonderful and it just keeps getting better. I also love the way this cello looks and feels. Shar did a good setup on it and provides excellent customer service. I have no regrets, this cello was an excellent choice.

$1,169.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Cello Outfit - 3/4 size

REVIEWED ON: April 04, 2016

Beautiful cello!

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reviewed by: Parent, MANDY DOW

After returning a cheaply made cello from a different company I came across sharmusic. I am very pleased with this purchase. Cello has a very nice rich sound and beautiful flaming. My daughters orchestra teacher is very pleased with the set up. I do wish that it came with a better bag, carrying the instrument back and forth to school requires more protection than this bag will provide.

$2,100.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Cello - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: October 20, 2015

I love this cello!!!

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reviewed by: Teacher, Anonymous

I use this cello for teaching, it's fun to play on and has a nice open tone on all strings. The Presto Audition bow I use with it when teaching more rambunctious students gives it a slightly tinny sound but with a pernambucco bow the sound is great. Has the feel of a quality cello. I have a Larsen A and D on mine.

$2,300.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Concert Cello - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: August 29, 2015

Silvia Ligia

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reviewed by: ANTHONY COYNE

Greetings, I originally rented a Franz Hoffmann Prelude Cello and later a Franz Hoffmann Prelude Violin from sharmusic.com. However, the violin did not pan out due to physical limitations. My passion for the cello increased, and I continue learning, studying, and absorbing everything cello related. After a while I began to think about upgrading from the Prelude, and started shopping for a new cello with a warmer deeper tone. I researched and read testimonials. Then I ordered the Bianca. This instrument exceeded my expectations in its beautiful appearance and tone, and I couldn't happier with this cello. The staff at Shar sent the cello in a great hardshell case. "Silvia Ligia" as I have affectionately named her, means "From the Woods, a Beautiful Voice." Silvia, has a rich, deep, vibrant, and beautiful tone. I'm very happy with my new cello, and completely satisfied with my experience with SharMusic. Thank you. Anthony Coyne (A.R.Coyne)

$1,169.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Cello Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: August 05, 2015

Very nice cello

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reviewed by: MICHELLE KAPP

I upgraded to the prelude cello and immediately noticed a difference in sound quality. It was so much warmer, richer, and deeper. I am very happy with this cello and would recommend it for anyone especially beginners as it is easy to tune and comfortable to play.

$1,169.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Cello Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: March 28, 2015

Beautiful Cello

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reviewed by: Teacher, Anonymous

This cello is beautiful and sounds amazing for its price range! Thank you Shar! I only have two complaints: 1, the bridge is fitted well but is of a poor quality and won't last long before it begins warping, it is also a little high for a beginner. 2 the feel of the neck doesn't match the sound of the cello the neck is fat and a little bulky for a student's hand to get around. Much better than the local rental cellos we could find out here.

$1,169.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Cello Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: May 07, 2014

Great cello, great service

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reviewed by: Anonymous

The Prelude is beautiful, and customer service was wonderful and quick to respond to my many questions. Thank you!

$874.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Cello Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: February 15, 2014

Easily worth the price

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reviewed by: Anonymous

Shopped a number of different cellos before buying this one. I should comment that although this is a beginners cello I am not completely naive as to what makes a decent instrument being an (amateur) violin player myself, my husband is an (amateur) violin player, and we already have one cello player in the family, so have some background on which to judge this instrument. I think the quality of this cello is incredible for the price. It looks in person better than the photos, plays as well as the eastman vc100 we also have which cost 3 times the price and the eastman is well broken in. I have also bought hoffman violins in the past and found them great intro instruments which lasted and improved and as most well-made instruments improve with time, the hoffman may in the end exceed the eastman in quality. Without doubt will get anyone playing on a decent instrument and will carry you through several years of playing before considering upgrading.

$874.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Cello Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: June 23, 2013

A worthy cello for any student

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reviewed by: NICHOLAS RIVITUSO

I purchased this cello after searching for over 4 months for the right one. I found out about Shar googling for cellos and it was the greatest site I could have come across. This cello is perfect for my needs and my teacher was extremely impressed with the quality of the instrument and the quality of sound that it produces. This has been one of the smartest purchases I have ever made. I have called Shar asking numerous questions, being that I am a first time string player. Every time I have called I have spoken with an actual string player, not a sales rep! Not only were they helpful every time, but they were patient with me and helped me with every question. One person even helped guide me through tuning my instrument! The level of dedication and service by the staff and the quality of the instrument are enough to make me a Shar customer for life. I highly recommend this product for anyone looking for a student cello. Also, I was told to expect 5-10 business days for shipping when I purchased this cello. I live out of state but received my cello the very next day! Just another reason to be impressed with this awesome company and service.

$749.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Laminate Cello Outfit - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: PC100T 44

Q. Can we upgrade to a carbon fiber bow with horsehair?

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ASKED BY: Cathy Yonek

FROM: Jeannette, PA

ASKED ON: November 30, 2016

A. Hi Cathy! Yes, you can upgrade this outfit by contacting us at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks for your question!

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$1,399.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Cello - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: SH500C

Q. I really like this cello and i am having trouble picking out a good bow. could you give some suggestions?

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ASKED BY: caroline harry

FROM: Naples, FL

ASKED ON: November 29, 2016

A. Absolutely! Give us a call at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to help out.

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$1,399.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Cello - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: SH500C

Q. Can I buy this cello with the full outfit

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ASKED BY: caroline harry

FROM: Naples, FL

ASKED ON: November 29, 2016

A. Hi Caroline! At this time we do not offer the instrument with a packaged outfit. However, you can can create your own custom outfit by adding a case and bow of your choice. If you have any additional questions or are interested in an outfit recommendation, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks for your question!

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$1,250.00

Franz Hoffmann Danube Cello - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: HEC200

Q. Hello! Does the Danube have ebony pegs and fingerboard, or are they painted hardwood? Thank you!

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ASKED BY: IRIS LAMB

FROM: ST CATHARINES, FN

ASKED ON: November 25, 2016

A. Hi Iris! The Franz Hoffmann Danube Cello has ebony pegs and fingerboard. Hope this helps.

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$9,500.00

Aubert Lutherie Vuillaume Model Cello - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: AL70C44

Q. I'm interested in purchasing this cello. Right now we are renting one. I wanted to see if you guys finance cellos and if so how do I go about finance options. Thank you for your help.

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ASKED BY: CARMEN WILLIAMS

FROM: BALCH SPRINGS, TX

ASKED ON: November 23, 2016

A. Hi Carmen! For financing and payment options, please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks!

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$874.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Cello Outfit - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: HC100T 44

Q. I'm interested in purchasing the "Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Cello Outfit - 4/4 size" (Item# HC100T 44), but there doesn't appear to be an "add to cart" button for this cello. Can you please advise?

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ASKED BY: ADAM FEATHER

FROM: Albany, NY

ASKED ON: November 21, 2016

A. Please contact us at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to help!

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$1,169.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Cello Outfit - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: HC120T44

Q. What is the cost to upgrade to a hard case?

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ASKED BY: Tony Artusa

FROM: Ormond Beach, FL

ASKED ON: November 07, 2016

A. Hi Tony! For upgrade options, please contact us at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks!

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$2,300.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Concert Cello - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: OF480C44

Q. Is this cello just just the instrument itself or does it come with a bow & case?

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ASKED BY: Megan Robison

FROM: Seymour, CT

ASKED ON: October 29, 2016

A. Hi Megan! This is the instrument only and does not include a case or bow. Thanks for your question!

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$874.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Cello Outfit - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: HC100T 44

Q. Hi, I don't know much about cello, i have a budget of $1000, will this cello come with the bow, and in case? Also, is the front and back board of the cello made out of 1 piece of wood each? How can i play and hear this instrument before buying it?

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ASKED BY: Hang Tu

FROM: Cypress, TX

ASKED ON: August 18, 2016

A. Hello Hang! This item is an "outfit" which means it includes a bow and case (as well as rosin). This model is our most affordable option that offers a solid front and back - carved solid spruce and maple respectively. You can hear a very similar Franz Hoffmann instrument on our YouTube channel. Thanks for your question!

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