My son has been taking cello lessons for several years. He has been using the local school rental cellos which are in bad shape. While he doesn't have professional aspirations he is a freshman in highschool this year and absolutely loves playing the cello. I have no doubt he will continue it as a hobby beyond highschool and college.
With a budget of around $8,000 USD, would it be better to get a Luis and Clark carbon fiber or a wood cello? I've read that the L&C cellos play similar to more expensive cells so it seems that if i want to maximum the value I would purchase an L&C versus a wood cello for $8,000.
I understand that more expensive wood cellos would sound better than the L&C, but if you are restricted by budget it seems to make sense to lean toward the L&C. Is my reasoning sound? I've played piano as a hobby for over 30 years but I am honestly new to the string world.
Wood cellos, I was looking at StringWorks and also a Heinrich Gill 304 (although I have no idea a good place to purchse or which one),
What are your thoughts?