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Blemished Franz Hoffmann Prelude Cello 4/4 Size

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Blemished Franz Hoffmann Prelude Cello 4/4 Size | BHC12044

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About This Item

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

It was time - our best-selling Prelude cello has always been an outstanding value in a beginner's cello. But we were delighted when we found a workshop that raised the bar! Working closely with this workshop and our instrument partner in Beijing, we finally created the best beginner cello on the market today: The New Prelude Cello.

Hand-carved aged flamed maple and clear, straight-grained spruce, the new 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 and final test playing and adjustment at our Ann Arbor workshop ensures that the Prelude will perform perfectly, with no wolf tones.

Warranty Info

1-Year Limited Warranty
This item comes with Shar's 1 year warranty covering defects of workmanship or materials. General wear and tear or mis-use are not covered. Non-transferable.

30-Day No Hassle Return Policy
If you are not satisfied with this item for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

If you have any questions about this product's warranty or to make a return, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.793.4334 or email us at [email protected]

About This Brand

Franz Hoffmann®
You can hear the difference!

Beginnings are critical. That is why we are committed to offering the best student instruments to beginning players. We believe this commitment is why Hoffmann instruments have become so popular with teachers, schools, parents, and beginning students of all ages.

We designed Franz Hoffmann instruments to give you the absolute best student violins, violas, cellos, and basses available on the market today. The consistent quality in materials, construction, playability, tone, and visual appeal make them a great value for every beginning string student.

Working closely with workshops, we have carefully designed and crafted each Franz Hoffmann instrument to ensure our specifications are met. These instruments are then sent to our Ann Arbor workshop to receive final adjustments assuring easy playability and polished looks.

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Customer Questions

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Asked On: 09/26/2021

Do I have to set up the bridge? If so, is there a tutorial for setting it up?

SHAR Answer:

Hi Edgar, thank you for your question. The bridge will come already installed and set up!

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  • Thomas Donald
  • Memphis, TN

Asked On: 03/04/2018

Is this instrument a good fit for a student going to university in the fall

SHAR Answer:

Hi Thomas! The Franz Hoffmann Prelude Cello is a great choice for an intermediate level student. The Prelude is hand carved and produces a robust sound, while providing consistent play-ability. Selecting the best instrument for a student can be difficult and you might find it necessary to try the instrument to determine the best fit. All of our instruments are backed by a 30 day no hassle return policy. If you are not satisfied with this item for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 30 days. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427.

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Asked On: 06/16/2017

Hi! The instrument description notes that this cello is blemished. Could you describe or provide a picture of the blemish?

SHAR Answer:

Hi Ian, thanks for your question. Blemished instruments are brand new, but they are being sold at a discounted price because they exhibit some sort of slight imperfection (usually in the varnish). These blemishes are cosmetic only and will not affect the sound or play-ability of the instrument. The exact blemish of this instrument will vary depending on inventory availability. All trade-in and blemished instruments are covered by SHAR's 30 day no hassle return policy. Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427 if you have additional questions.

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