Cellos For Sale at Zelia Ltd. - London

Finding the right cello for sale to suit you & types of violoncello.
Quality stringed instrument sales from Zelia Ltd. (London)



Postiglione 1905, Gaetano Gadda 1936, Kennedy 1820, Kennedy 1840, Forster, Fendt, Lockey Hill,
Mittenwald 1790, Emil Germain, Owen 1905, Kennedy School, Preston, Mackintosh 1856, J Young 1829,
various Old English, Neuner & Hornsteiner, Mirecourt and several old French and German cellos of all grades.



Finding a Cello

We have new, used and antique cellos for sale.

Old cellos are becoming harder to find. This increases the importance of the right set up and adjustment on each instrument.

We have engaged Ben Hughes (Principal cello BBC Concert Orchestra, soloist and chamber musician) to test our cellos.

We try different permutations of bridge and tailpiece, strings, soundpost position etc. to find the true voice of each instrument.

Choosing a cello can be time consuming and confusing - see our advice guide and video.

While some cellists are looking for a warm, rich tone, others seek a bright, powerful sound that can be heard in the largest hall.

Our old cellos are carefully chosen for character, condition, and correct measurements. Watch our video on choosing an old cello.

We have a large stock of fine old instruments, all carefully restored by the finest craftsmen.

Every instrument is comprehensively checked and renovated: we almost always replace the bass bar, to give extra vitality.

We offer an after-sale service: periodic checks and tonal adjustments are offered without charge.

Varying models come in 4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/16 and 1/32 sizes.


We give attention to all those details that make a difference for the player:
  ease of playing,
  evenness on all four strings,
  a well shaped neck,
  the fourth position in the right place etc.

We know the needs of cellists and offer instruments that are comfortable to play.


BUDGET CELLOS (under £2400)

You may be surprised by the quality of our Chinese cellos.
These come from our chosen maker and have a fine antiqued appearance.
According to model they come in 4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2 & 1/4 sizes.
We occasionally have other modestly priced cellos, including some old ones.
See our Budget page.


STUDENT CELLOS (£3000–9000)

We offer a good selection of French cellos, mostly made between the 1880s and the 1930s in Mirecourt by the firm of J. Thibouville-Lamy. Also old German cellos from many parts of that country, including the popular Mittenwald cellos by Neuner & Hornsteiner.



We have fine French cellos of the 19th and early 20th centuries suitable for soloists and orchestral players who need a an instrument with brilliance and carrying power. We have several fine old English and Scottish cellos c.1750–1860. These have a very warm tone. Some are "Ladies’ models", very popular with players with a small hand who need a suitably sized instrument.


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