The Hidersine Piacenza cello outfit is a great step up from the Hidersine Vivente cello and others in a similar price bracket, offering greater power, projection and tonal quality.
Hidersine Piacenza Cello Upgrades
We offer numerous upgrade options that you can configure for your Piacenza cello, these include:
- Full luthier setup. You can buy with the confidence that your new cello will be set up to the highest standard in our workshop by our experienced luthiers. You can read more on our Cello Setup Explained page where we detail every step of your cello’s set up. We discount our luthier setup on new instruments by 60% and absorb some of the workshop work involved in our retailer’s margin.
- Strings upgrade
- Bow upgrade, we provide a 10% discount on bow upgrades
- Case upgrade, we provide a 10% discount on case upgrades
Why we offer discounts on upgrades: this is a bit of a hangover from the not so distant ‘old days’. When a customer visits our showroom, they may not want the standard package of the outfit as sold by the manufacturer. Quite often, a customer would select a different bow and decide a different case suited their needs better, creating their bespoke outfit. We would always work out a bundle price by applying a discount, and now we are pleased to offer the same service online.
Special Handling Delivery
We know you’ll be nervous about your new cello arriving with a parcel company and the potential for damage, we are too! This is why we only deliver cellos using our van and staff, ensuring your new cello arrives with you in perfect condition. Our van is tracked so that you can view your live ETA and our van’s location on the day of delivery. Full details are available here: Special Handling Delivery Service We have to charge for this service as it is costly for us to operate, the delivery cost is calculated at checkout based on your postcode. Alternatively, you can choose to collect from our workshop free of charge.
We offer various finance options for your new cello purchase on our checkout page and you can tailor the terms to suit your needs. These options are additional to the usual Visa/Mastercard/Amex/ApplePay payment options.
Here is what Hidersine write about their Piacenza Cello.
Easier to handle, plus enhanced tone:
Your new Hidersine Piacenza cello features a lightweight tailpiece and a carbon fibre endpin. Both these innovative additions help reduce the cello’s overall weight, therefore making it easier to handle and transport. Plus, the carbon fibre endpin allows the instrument to resonate more fully.
Looks and sounds more beautiful throughout its life:
Hidersine Piacenza instruments feature a hand-carved solid spruce top – or sound-table. This is important because your instrument’s primary voice is formed by this sound-table, and therefore the top can resonate as a single, coherent structure and sound great as a result. Plus, as the wood ages and the solid tonewood top gradually relaxes at a cellular level into its natural rest state, it will resonate even more naturally, and the sound will improve further.
Hidersine Piacenza instruments not only have a solid top, but they also have a stunning solid, flamed Maple ribs and backs too. These highly figured, solid tonewood sections further enhance the instrument’s natural tone. The top produces the instrument’s primary voice, and the back and sides add the character.
(The term ‘Flamed’ refers to the figuring of the Maple grain, which looks like flames striking across the wood. Maple with a natural ‘flame’ is highly prized, with the most intricate and stunning natural grain patterns demanding very high prices throughout the world of musical instruments.)
Each instrument created by skilled hands:
It’s important to understand the hand-carved element of the Piacenza’s construction. Although most musical instruments have a fair amount of human input in their building process, unsurprisingly instruments created for the entry-level tend to have much higher levels of machine-made elements. While this makes the process efficient, it can take away from the individual ‘soul’ of each instrument. Each mark from the luthier’s carving tools are there for a specific reason. The amount of time taken to carve the arched tops and back of a violin is integral to their structure – lightness and strength – and the resulting tone. Luthiers have been passing their learned skill down the generations for centuries, and in the case of Hidersine Piacenza instruments, the skilled hand-carving techniques can begin to be truly appreciated.
Ebony – Feels great, plays great:
Hidersine Piacenza violins and violas both benefit from a genuine Ebony fingerboard, pegs and chin rest. This prized hardwood has traditionally been used for hundreds of years due to its truly long-lasting properties. Unlike dark-stained or ‘ebonized’ softwoods often used on inferior instruments, genuine Ebony will not mark, pit or wear out under lengthy playing periods. This is essential in areas such as the pegs, which are under a lot of tension from the strings. The shaft of each peg needs to be retain its integrity, and using Ebony is one of the best ways to ensure this. Ebony should remain structurally sound for a very long time, and it will also feel smooth on the fingers and chin, helping make the playing experience more pleasant all round.
A Premium Bow Upgrade:
The bow is one of the most important upgrades you can make to any bowed instrument setup. The upgraded bow included with your Hidersine Piacenza Violin, Viola or Cello will help you to produce an enriched tone, plus it offers a premium touch in the form of a genuine Ebony ‘Frog’.
- Padded Gigbag/Case with bow compartment and accessory pocket
- Brazilwood, Half-mounted bow with Ebony Frog
- Hidersine Rosin block
- Hand-Carved Solid Straight-grained Spruce top
- Hand-Carved, Solid Flamed Maple Back, Ribs, Neck and Scroll
- Ebony Fingerboard and Pegs
- Seasoned Maple Bridge
- Lightweight Tailpiece
- Carbon Fibre Endpin
- Steel Strings