For some reason, I have the desire to play the cello. I don’t want to take lessons or enroll in music classes, I just want to teach myself (and don’t tell me I can’t - you can teach yourself to do anything.)
When you’re a kid, if you want to play an instrument, you’re supposed to sign up for music lessons, have your parents rent or finance the purchasing of an instrument, join the band, practice for one hour a day after doing your homework, etc. But I’m no longer a kid, and it would not be difficult for me to just go online, buy a cello, and have it delivered to me by burly men.
Even if I decide to stop playing it after a month, it would look really nice sitting in the corner of the living room (next to the piano.)
The only thing is this: I see a lot of cellos on Ebay for less than 200 dollars, and I want to know if one of these entry-level instruments goes beyond the threshold of “good value” and into the domain of “crap.” I’m not going to be taking the cello on any fifty-mile hikes so it’s not like I’m afraid of it falling apart (should I be?) but I’m more concerned with whether or not a 200 dollar cello would sound good.
Here are two of the instruments in question:
They look fine, and they’re not made of plywood or balsa. On the second link, I have to be extremely suspicious of the claim that the cello and accessories being sold for less than two hundred dollars have a “Suggested Retail Price [of] $1250.00” Besides that, do these instruments look okay to any experienced string musicians who might happen to be reading this thread?