St. Louis Cellos and Accessories (Maplewood location)

Our Cellos and Cello Accessories

We are your locally owned, full-service cello store right here in Maplewood St. Louis. None of us are paid commission when an instrument is sold or rented. While this page is about cellos that we sell, in some situations it might actually be better for you to first rent and maybe later to buy: a process made all the easier because you can apply 100% of your rent towards buying the instrument.

Those of us who own Top Notch Violins previously worked at a different St. Louis violin store — a store owned by an out-of-state businessman, and a a store that only carries one brand of cellos. With our various backgrounds in music – music education, performance, and luthierie- over time we came to see that carrying only one brand of cellos did not provide the proper range of options to St. Louis. That’s why, when we opened our doors in 2014, we knew we needed to carry more more than one line of cellos – and those product lines are all featured on this page.

Our Maplewood store has our full selection of inventory. Stop by or contact us if you have any questions!

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Should you rent or buy a cello?
Which brand and model is best for you?

Good questions.

And perhaps this will surprise you, but we cannot answer those questions without first getting to know you.

Tell us about yourself, your musical experience, and your goals for the future. As we learn more about you, we can help you discover exactly which cello is perfect for you.

Top Notch Series 1000 and 1500 Cellos

Cello Details:

We are happy to put our name on these cellos. When we opened our doors we knew we did not want to carry an “average” student cello: we’ve done our best to repair and patch up too many of the ones saturating the internet. We wanted something that was yes, affordable, but also quality and with the best possible sound.

Our Top Notch 1000 and 1500 cellos have a tonewood body and a durable varnish so that is pleasing to both eye and ear.  The finish is an attractive dark reddish brown. Ebony fittings, a Wittner tailpiece, stainless steel endpin, D’Addario strings, and in house setup/adjustment contribute to the playability and longevity of these instruments.

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Price Range

Purchase Price Range:

$1200-$1400. Stop by our Maplewood store to demo and purchase.
Available Sizes

Available Sizes:

1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 4/4

Top Notch Series 2000 and 2500 Cellos

Our Series 2000 Cellos are an affordable and pleasing outfit that reflects Old World craftsmanship and quality. They contain an upgraded tonewood body and a hand-applied, beautiful, oil varnish – elements which not only help the tone but also contribute to the longevity of the cellos. Ebony fittings, a Wittner tailpiece, stainless steel endpin, and D’Addario Kaplan strings are all a part of the package. Our in house setup/adjustment of these instruments help provide a great playability.

Many students start out with these cellos. Some will upgrade to a higher-level cello after a year or so, for others the 2000-series cello is all they need.

Price Range

Purchase Price Range:

$1800-$2200. Stop by our Maplewood store to demo and purchase.
Available Sizes

Available Sizes:

3/4, 4/8, 4/4

Top Notch Series 3000 and 3500 Cellos

Crafted for Top Notch Violins, the 3000- and 3500-level cellos combine fine craftsmanship and attractively figured seasoned tone woods for outstanding instruments in all aspects, from visual beauty and stability to tonal performance. The hand-applied oil varnish is beautiful, and brings out the beauty of the woods.

These cellos include ebony fittings, a Wittner tailpiece, stainless steel endpin, and Crown strings. As with all of our cellos we professionally set up and adjust each one in our shop, ensuring great playability.

Our 3000-series cellos are perfect for high school orchestra’s. Any advancing student with a developed ear will appreciate the tone and depth in these instruments.

Price Range

Purchase Price Range:

$2400-$2800. Stop by our Maplewood store to demo and purchase.
Available Sizes

Available Sizes:

4/4

Have a question? The only way we can help you discover the perfect instrument for you is to get to know you. Stop by our Maplewood store, or contact us via our web site. We can help you discover the joy and passion a violin can add to your life!

Top Notch Series 4000 and 4500 Cellos

Our workshop 4000 and 4500 are crafted under the direct supervision of a master luthier and feature the highest quality select 10-year-old toned, carved wood. The antiqued oil varnish is carefully applied by hand in the workshop. These instrument are carefully calibrated for optimum sound production.

The 4000-series cellos include ebony fittings, a Wittner tailpiece, stainless steel endpin. The C and G strings are Spirocore, and the D and A strins are Jargar Forte. We professionally set up and adjust each of these in our shop to ensure the best possible playability.

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Price Range

Purchase Price Range:

$3200-$3600. Stop by our Maplewood store to demo and purchase.
Available Sizes

Available Sizes:

4/4
300+

The most rental cellos we have managed in one season
1810's

The oldest cello we’ve worked on in our workshop
65Hz

The frequency range of the C note on a cello.

Top Notch Series 5000 and 5500 Cellos

Our workshop 5000 and 5500 are also crafted under the direct supervision of a master luthier, featuring top quality carved wood that has been seasoned at least 10 years. The back and sides are a flamed maple while the top is a solid spruce. The antiqued oil varnish is carefully applied by hand.

The 5000-series cellos include ebony fittings, a Wittner tailpiece, stainless steel endpin. The C and G strings are Spirocore, and the D and A strins are Jargar Forte. We professionally set up and adjust each of these in our shop to ensure the best possible playability.

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Price Range

Purchase Price Range:

$4000-$4800. Stop by our Maplewood store to demo and purchase.
Available Sizes

Available Sizes:

4/4

Core Select Cellos

Core Select Cellos are an entire range of cellos handrafted in European workshops with beautiful tone and responsiveness. We love this range of cellos. While it’s not common for a beginning to start out with a Core Select Cello, these are popular with progressing students and those who are serious about their cello music.

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Price Range

Purchase Price Range:

$3200-$6500. Stop by our Maplewood store to demo and purchase.
Available Sizes

Available Sizes:

4/4

Cello Accessories

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Cello Bows

We carry a full line of cello bows, from composite bows for beginners all the way up to high-end hand-crafted wood bows.
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Cello Cases

While every cello we sell or rent includes a case, if you want an upgraded case we have plenty. Stop by our store to view our selection.
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Cello Strings

Replacement strings, from Thomastik-Infeld to D’Addario – and more! We can also assist with installing your new strings.
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Cello Rosin

Rosin is the magic ingredient for stringed instruments. Melos, Hidersine, and more.
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Endpins and Endpin Rests

Make sure you have an endpin and endpin rest that fits you well and is comfortable by trying out endpins and rests in our store (something you can’t do if you buy from Amazon).
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