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Find the Correct Cello Size

Find the Right Cello Size

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National Rentals, SHAR Way

National Rentals, SHARWay

Whether you are just starting out or steadily improving, SHAR is committed to helping you achieve the highest possible musical goals.

Cello Match-Making

Cello Match-Making

Read our interview with Hans Anderson about cello match-making.

$1,299.00

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.

$2,400.00

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 day period with no deposit, and no obligation to purchase, just a low $120 shipping fee (Shipping charges may be higher to Alaska and Hawaii) 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.

$1,069.00

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!

$2,200.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Cello - 4/4 size

Instrument: Cello
Level: Intermediate

A dramatically improved version, this Lambert®i 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 day period with no deposit, and no obligation to purchase, just a low $120 shipping fee (Shipping charges may be higher to Alaska and Hawaii) 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!

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.

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, 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 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.

$2,200.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Cello - 4/4 size

Instrument: Cello
Level: Intermediate

A dramatically improved version, this Lambert®i 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 day period with no deposit, and no obligation to purchase, just a low $120 shipping fee (Shipping charges may be higher to Alaska and Hawaii) 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.

$1,069.00

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.

$1,069.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Cello Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: March 02, 2018

Disappointed

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I have been with Shar Music since 2013. This is the first negative review l have written. I wanted this cello as a back up cello for my cello choir. I was on the waiting list for a couple of months. I ordered the Prelude Premium Cello Package. When the cello arrived it looked nothing like the picture on line. It was just a solid colored on the front, no light and dark pattern like the picture in the magazine or online. The color was a darker tone. There were a couple of noticable blemishes on the front and a scratch on the back. The cello seemed to be a little small compared to my full size Samuel Shen. The bow was nice and the bag was nice. The cello arrived within two days. Customer service was wonderful. They helped with returning the cello. I think this cello would be nice for a student and Shar made it clear this was an intermediate cello when l inguired about the instrument. I will continue to buy items from Shar because l still believe they are wonderful.

$3,000.00

John Cheng® Stradivari Cello - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: August 30, 2017

Excellent intermediate cello

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reviewed by: Parent, KIMBERLY JACKSON

We tried all three cellos in the intermediate range under the supervision of my daughter's teacher. The Sonata was a disappointment compared to the excellent sound of its violin counterpart. The Otto Ernst Fischer had a pretty and warm sound, and was a close contender with the John Cheng - but ultimately we chose the Cheng because the sound, equally as beautiful, rang louder and brighter than the sort of "tubby sound" of the Fischer. Aside from the sound, the Cheng is a beautiful instrument and seems to have much better quality/workmanship than the Fischer. (there were some sloppy varnish discrepancies on both Fischers we tried, along with a strange buzzing on one of the strings of the first one) The Cheng had no issues at all - and I was surprised to see no reviews as of yet. Great sound and an added bonus is the beautiful finish, color, and gorgeous ebony tail piece. We literally had to turn our backs to listen to the sound of both cellos so we wouldn't be partial to the appearance! Would highly recommend this cello for an intermediate cellist moving up to a full size.

$599.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Laminate Cello - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: March 10, 2017

In case of doubt, buy.

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reviewed by: Teacher, Anonymous

I ordered two cellos for students about a year ago and was very happy with both. Down the line, one held up and played great. The other developed some cracks, after 6 months of playing,inside the cello on the base block around the endpin. We contacted Shar with some pictures, and they accepted a return and sent a brand new cello, no charge to us. Shar service assured us that they had inspected the new cello and that it was a great quality. Boy, were they right. The new cello seemed like an upgrade instrument from the other two! Everything about it was better quality. And it has held up great as well. So even you're not happy with your purchase, Shar will back you up.

$1,069.00

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!

$2,400.00

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.

$1,069.00

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.

$2,200.00

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.

$2,400.00

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)

$1,069.00

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.

$1,069.00

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.

$1,299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Cello - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: SH500C

Q. Do you have any recordings of this cello being played?

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ASKED BY: JASON LASSITER

FROM: ALBEMARLE, NC

ASKED ON: April 14, 2018

A. Hi Jason, thanks for your question. At this time, we do not have sound examples for this instrument. We are working on adding video and audio content in the near future - check back soon! In the meantime, please feel free to contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427. We're happy to answer any questions you have!

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$1,169.00

Franz Hoffmann Danube Cello Outfit 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: HEC200T 44

Q. Is there a way I could hear a sample of how this instrument sounds?

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ASKED BY: KRISTINA KORANEK

FROM: Berryville, VA

ASKED ON: March 28, 2018

A. Hi Kristina! We are currently working on getting audio of this instrument on our site. Check back soon!

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$869.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Cello Outfit - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: HC100T 44

Q. I need a quote for this item in order to complete my county purchase order. Thanks.

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ASKED BY: KATHY SAUCIER

FROM: MCDONOUGH, GA

ASKED ON: March 02, 2018

A. For all quotes, please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks!

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$1,169.00

Franz Hoffmann Danube Cello Outfit 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: HEC200T 44

Q. Is it possible to upgrade to a hard case with these outfits for additional cost?

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: Milwaukee, WI

ASKED ON: February 16, 2018

A. Please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 for pricing and customer outfit case options. Thanks!

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$3,950.00

Karl Joseph Schneider® Stradivari Cello - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: KJS10C44

Q. how exactly does an at home trial work? And if I buy the instrument how does it come packaged?

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ASKED BY: Logan Madrid

FROM: Haymarket, VA

ASKED ON: January 31, 2018

A. Hi Logan! For more information on in-home trials, please give us a call at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to answer any questions you have. All instruments purchased from SHAR are carefully packaged in a box to ensure safe shipment.

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$599.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Laminate Cello - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: PC100

Q. Hi Do you offer monthly payments on a purchase instead of rental?

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ASKED BY: DINA NASIF

FROM: HOUSTON, TX

ASKED ON: January 23, 2018

A. Hi Dina! This instrument is offered through our SHARWay program, which allows you to make a low monthly payment until you return your instrument, complete the SHARWay term, or complete an early Buy-Out. For more information, please take a look at the terms and conditions. Also, feel free to contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to answer any additional questions you might have.

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$2,200.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Cello - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: LC11 44

Q. Does this cello include any plywood or laminated wood or is it only real wood?

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: Detroit, MI

ASKED ON: January 22, 2018

A. Hello, thanks for your question! The body of the instrument is made of maple and the top is made from spruce. The fingerboard and pegs are made from ebony. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427.

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$2,400.00

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

ITEM NUMBER: OF480C44

Q. Is it possible to get planetary pegs installed on instruments that I order?

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ASKED BY: BILL CONKLIN

FROM: DENVER, CO

ASKED ON: January 16, 2018

A. For all SHAR workshop inquiries, please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks!

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$1,069.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Cello Outfit - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: HC120T44

Q. Hi, I have ordered this particular outfit. I want to upgrade the strings. What would you suggest? I also notice a wolf eliminator, does this come with the outfit or should we buy separately? Thanks!

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: HILLIARD, OH

ASKED ON: January 06, 2018

A. There's a lot of options when it comes to strings and the right choice will depend on what sound you're looking for. A good place to start is our String Sound Guide. Please follow the link to view and if you have any questions, please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427. This instrument does not include a wolf eliminator but you can purchase one separately here.

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$1,299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Cello - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: SH500C

Q. Is this instrument laminate wood?

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ASKED BY: JESSICA YOUNG

FROM: KERNERSVILLE, NC

ASKED ON: December 13, 2017

A. Hi Jessica! The Franz Hoffmann Concert is a carved cello and does not use laminate. If you have any additional question, feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to help!

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