A few years ago I had a vivid dream about learning to play the cello. It’s been on my mind ever since, so today I finally looked into getting one. Costco.ca has a Marquis one for sale for $469 Canadian, which is cheap, but I suspect too cheap; Before You Buy A Cello has some advice, but what does Proper placement of the bridge, not too high or too soft mean? Not knowing how to buy one, I looked into renting one. Kevin Cairns (no relation, to my surprise; I never met a Cairns that wasn’t a relative) at said I could rent one for $50 per month for a minimum of three months. If I decide to keep it, the rental cost goes towards the purchase price, which is about $1,000. They have to tune and clean one in Halifax, which will be shipped in a couple weeks.
As to learning how to play it, I think I’ll buy a beginner’s book and go from there. I taught myself how to play the guitar fairly easily, so I figure this shouldn’t be too different. I’ll post a picture of it when it arrives.