Ipe is an alternative wood to the now threatened pernambuco for bow making. Naturally present in the Amazon rainforest, this dense, oily hardwood makes for an affordable option to pernambuco. We find ipe bows to be a bit warmer than pernambuco, with less overtones and color. A good option for warming up overly bright instruments, or just as a less expensive, yet high quality, hand-crafted choice.
I have enjoyed exploring the nuances of this cello! The sound is round, has body, and really my best description is it sounds like buttery dark chocolate! I have taken time to play various music and exercises and definitely feel that she and I are a good match! Last night I took her to a rehearsal, and loved how well she blended with a group. Some of the most simple passages gave me joy because the dynamic and articulation I wanted were achieved effortlessly. Quick notes are much more accessible also.Needless to say, I will not be asking to return it!Thank you so much for the amazing care you have taken of me during this process!
I love love love it!!! It sounds so much better than my other one. Even my husband noticed the difference and that's saying a lot. Haha. It's easier to play too! My confidence has grown. I am so happy with it!
The cello came in! I’m so happy it sounds very rich just like you described! I Love it. I’m really exited to get back into playing as I didn’t realize how much I missed it!! Thank you so much it means a lot to be able to purchases from someone trust worthy like yourself. The instrument is amazing!
Thank you so much for all your help with my recent cello and bow purchase. Your undivided attention, red-carpet experience and set up was unlike anything I have ever experienced. I honestly can say that I don't ever want to buy a cello/bow etc. from anyone else : ).
I wanted to thank you for taking sufficient time last Wednesday in assisting me in the challenging process of selecting a new cello. Your patience and understanding of what I was looking for and hoping to achieve was greatly appreciated. I am very pleased with the outcome.
There are no words I can think of to accurately express my instant love of Buttercup. Her sound resonates with my soul like no other. She plays with ease and comfort and she makes me sound much better than I deserve. She is perfection! So in closing, I just want to thank you for your amazing service! The care that you take in regards to selecting, recording and presenting detailed information for each cello can be found no where else! The craftsmanship in set up, bridge work and customer service is unsurpassed. Linda West Cellos is truly a gift from the Gods!
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. I'm also grateful for how helpful you both were in this process. Wishing you both all the best and hope you're having a wonderful start to summer!
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! She has a lovely open sound. I loved tuning her with the geared pegs. Your careful listening and attention to detail in setting up and putting together the cello, bow and case is appreciated. You made me feel like my business is as important to you as any customer’s. That hasn’t always been my experience elsewhere.
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 :)
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.
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