Players choose electric cellos for many reasons. First is the seminal sound of an electric cello, which is rich, warm and full, but different from an acoustic cello. In addition, the fact that these instruments are run through a sound system introduces a whole range of new tonal possibilities with electronic effects.
Because of the way the pickups are mounted, cellists also avoid the annoying feedback issues that can result from micing an acoustic instrument. You can also play at any volume, which may have advantages in a larger concert venue or arena. For practice purposes, electric cellos may be played virtually “silently,” using headphones.
Great for Traveling
Much more durable than a traditional cello, an electric cello is well-suited for the road; its smaller size makes it easier to pack and stow as well. An electric instrument -- due to the solid nature of its construction -- will also be less affected by differences in temperature and humidity.
The Price is Right
Finally, electrics are generally substantially less expensive than their acoustic cousins. You should avoid any instrument priced too low (like the $500 - $1,000 models you may see offered), but you can certainly expect to get a quality instrument for under $4,000.
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