We are passionate about the cello, but more importantly, we are passionate about cellists. The driving force behind our business is making cellists happy and successful. We have always been more interested in building a relationship with you than we are in making a sale. To us, it's about the satisfaction of helping musicians (or future musicians) meet their OWN dreams with the cello. We consider you our friends, and our main goal is to provide you with the sort of guidance a good friend would provide.
A Private Showroom - We are a very small, family-run business with a private showroom. We are open by appointment only so that you have our undivided attention when you come visit us. We aren't stuffy and pretentious; we do this because you deserve the very best help, regardless of your experience with the cello. We treat beginners and professionals the same. All ages and abilities are welcome. When you come shopping for an instrument, bow or case, we are there to assist you in your selection, coaching players on how best to select a bow or instrument, or how to make sure you get the most appropriate case for your instrument and life. Although we are very cello-centric, we also carry a small selection of violins, violas and basses. Everyone who works here plays the cello.
If you are shopping online, we provide the same level of service from a distance. We want to know that you are looking, and that you have questions, and we are more than happy to get on the phone with you and talk things through. We help ensure cases will fit, and that you are making the right decision for a cello soulmate for yourself or a family member. If you would like personal attention via phone, please use our Get in Touch form to send us your request. Be sure to include your phone number.
Our Cello Inventory is Hand-Selected - The vast majority of the cellos in our showroom have been personally hand-selected by Linda, who is an experienced cello repair luthier (we don't make any of our cellos). We don't have a warehouse full of cellos in boxes; we have showroom racks full of professionally setup and adjusted, played and recorded cellos that are looking for their forever home. Each cello is setup with care taken to select the best string combination for that cello. We ensure that the setup is as perfect as it can be, then we play it, often changing things out until we are really happy with the sound and performance. We have a professional musician who plays for our recordings. We use an extremely high quality ribbon microphone to capture the sound as closely as possible to live. We strive to carry only cellos that we would like to play ourselves. We have cellos in all price ranges for beginners through professionals.
We Fit the Cello to the Player - We take great pride in providing a level of personalized service that is hard to find these days. Since we focus predominantly on the cello, you will never be treated like many violin-centric places treat you; by sticking you in a room alone with a pile of cellos to try to figure it out on your own. Nope. Our sole purpose in life is to match players with cellos. This includes those of you shopping from a distance, trying to make that difficult decision, sight-unseen, for your cello soulmate. If this is you, please reach out to us via our Get in Touch form and we will guide you personally, based on your special needs, to make a match that you won't regret. We have no problem exchanging multiple emails, or having many phone conversations from people shopping online to assist them in their selection and purchase.
We Are Always Here for You - Since we are just a tiny shop, we are here for you. You can use our Get in Touch form to contact us directly. We don't have a call center. It's just us. If you need to talk to someone on the phone, just shoot us an email, or use the orange 'Chat Now' button on the website, and leave your number and one of us will give you a call. We love talking to our customers because it helps us help you make sure you are making the right decision. We get very few returns because of the level of service we are dedicated to BEFORE the sale.
A Note About Teacher Referrals/Commissions -
There is a long-standing 'practice' in the United States that we want to be totally upfront about. In many instances, music teachers refer students to particular strings shops because the string shop will pay the teacher a 10-30% commission on the sales price of the instrument.
At Linda West Cellos, we feel this is an unethical practice and refuse to take part in it. If your teacher has sent you here, you can be assured that he or she is NOT getting a kickback, and that we have not inflated the price unnecessarily to pay your teacher. We feel this would be a complete disservice to student musicians. If you feel you need your teacher to be included on your decision, he or she is welcome to accompany you on your trip to Linda West Cellos. If you feel their input has been valuable, you are free to compensate them in whatever way you see fit. There are MANY teachers who expect to be compensated simply for referring students to us. We do not participate in that. Period. You can read more about the history and pervasiveness of this practice here.
The cello is beautiful
The cello is beautiful and is indeed “cooperative” as you said. The shorter string length is more comfortable and I was able to play in a more relaxed manner. Even my bowing is more relaxed because the string length better suits the length of my short arms! I was surprised at how quickly
I wanted to reach out to you both to share my gratitude for the Szlachtowski cello. It's been a game changer settling into this instrument. I am so happy with it. Thanks also for all the love poured into setting it up, it comes through and sounds beautiful.
Let me take a moment to thank you very much for all the help you gave me in choosing my new bow. I'm very impressed with your shop and how you educate people in the purchasing process. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas this year.
Many many thanks for my new cello! I ordered this as a rank beginner and you expertly helped me pick a perfect cello from the opposite side of the country and sight unseen at that. The tone rocks, it's full and very loud.
Hi Linda, My mom bought a cello from you a few weeks ago; I just wanted to thank you for helping and providing her with what sounded like an exceptional experience. She had a great time and loves her cello- it sounds great!
It's been several months now since I bought my cello, and I wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the instrument. The idea of buying a cello online seemed a bit risky to me, but having the ability to hear the instrument, see so many detailed pictures of it and read such a thorough review on your website gave me the confidence to take the risk and have it shipped.
Hello! I just wanted to let you know that we received the tweed bam case and it is wonderful! It is exactly what my son wanted and his cello fits perfectly. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions and sending the video to show the color, it really made my experience with your company perfect!
I love the case! It is so amazing to see my cello fitting perfectly inside. And it is so light! Thank you very much for your help and figuring out which case would be right for me and my cello. I have a rehearsal tomorrow, and I'm really looking forward to just moving around in the world with a case that doesn't hurt my body.
Just a follow up that my son is very pleased with his cello! He absolutely loves the geared pegs!!! It’s been so great for him to keep this cello at school and have a quality instrument to play at school that’s the same size as he plays at home! Thank you for making the purchase so easy and personal. I’m so glad I found your company on line! Thank you so much! He is so happy!
Linda, I am so pleased with my new cello! When it arrived today, I immediately took it out of its immaculate packaging, tuned it up, and began playing it. I’m so impressed by its power and sound quality!I was looking for a cello that would be a big step up from what I had, and I definitely got exactly what I was looking for. I think I’m in love!
The cello is absolutely beautiful and I’m already enhancing skills that I didn’t know I had! She sounds absolutely amazing and I’m so glad to have found her. Thanks to you both for matching me with my cello soulmate. I can’t put her down - I don’t remember the last time I actually enjoyed playing this much :)
I wanted to let you guys know how happy I've been with the cello I purchased from your store. I chose the Vivo Etude and it meets all of my needs as a beginner cello player. I spoke with Anne on the phone, and she made the process choosing a beautiful case to go along with my new instrument very easy. I will undoubtedly go through you guys again for all of my future cello needs.
Everything everyone has said is true, absolutely true. There is no place better, no studio, no workshop, no string shop better than Linda, or anyone in the trade who knows more or is more honest and forthright.
The cello came on Friday and it shipped perfectly. It was even still reasonably in tune so I don’t think anything budged. It has been amazing! My bow is working well with it for now but definitely will want to upgrade. You and Linda have been the best. Please take care and I’m sure I’ll talk to you two soon!
I just wanted to update you: after having a week to get acquainted, my daughter has proclaimed that she really loves her new cello. I am grateful to have had your help in selecting it, and the bow to go with it. I would not have felt comfortable purchasing otherwise.
Thank you so much for your assistance in obtaining this wonderful tailpiece. It has been installed and has resulted in a world of difference. The fine tuners are excellent, but most impressively the upgrade in the overall resonance of the instrument is amazing, especially in the upper range. The sound is full, clear, projected...everything we could hope for.
Ahhh, that wonderful German engineering has the case fitting my cello like a glove. Thanks for the information on the bow holders. Thanks for all your help too. When I close the case, it’s like closing the door of my friend’s Volvo instead of 1970’s Volkswagen! Of course, you are now my “go to” source for my students!