Cecilio CDB-100 Double Bass Review

Are you looking for a double bass to start learning bass on? The Cecilio CDB-100 double bass is a perfect fit for those looking to get started on double bass because it comes with everything you need. The maker, Cecilio, is makes great beginner musical instruments (we recommend them for violins, violas, and cellos as well) and produces instruments that are affordable enough for beginners to get their feet wet playing the double bass. Below we’ll talk about what features make this a great instrument to learn on.

Pros

  • Low-cost
  • Durable construction
  • Adjustable bridge
  • Includes everything you need to get started
  • Suitable for the beginner to intermediate bassist
  • Easy to assemble

Cons

  • Does not come pre-assembled
  • Strings are not of highest quality

About the Cecilio CDB-100

As mentioned, the Cecilio CDB-100 is a great double bass for beginners. It contains everything the beginner needs to get started including strings, a Brazilwood bow, rosin, and case. The instrument is well-constructed and can be shipped to your home without needing to drag the bass back from a music shop.

The only real issue with this bass is that the bridge needs to be assembled when it arrives. The bass is shipped without the bridge attached so that the bass is transported safely and the bridge does not break.

Materials

Cecilio used the highest quality materials to make this bass and they were still able to offer it at an affordable price. You’d expect to find the materials used to make this fine instrument on more expensive brands.

The bass is constructed from wood. The back is made with maple while the front with spruce. The fingerboard and pegs are made from oak wood and the tailpiece is premium grade ebony. The wood is aged before constructed.

The tuning head is plated brass and the bridge has a thumb wheel to adjust the height of the bridge.

Easy to Set Up and Play

While the bass does come with the bridge disassembled, the setup is fairly painless. Just unpack the bass, slip the bridge under the strings, and you’re good to go. The bridge is even adjustable so you can raise it to the height you prefer.

The Bow

Included with your purchase you receive an excellent bow. The bow is made from Brazilwood, contains unbleached authentic Mongolian horsehair, and has an ebony frog with mother of pearl inlay. The bow that comes with the Cecilio CBD-100 is superb and competes with top dollar bows.

The Bridge

For many upright bass players, the adjustable bridge included with the Cecilio can make a huge difference. With the bridge, you can vary the action for different styles of music from lower tones used in jazz and in the middle making for an enjoyable general play for a booming sound. You can fine-tune your instrument for the best sound and make the bridge a perfect fit for the double bass.

The Case

The package includes a soft case that is fully padded and has backpack straps with handles. The soft case has enough storage space for your lesson book in the pockets and other accessories.

Price

Normally the Cecilio beginner double bass sells for more than $1,200 directly from the Cecilio online shop. However, you can find it with extra accessories sold directly at Amazon for less than $700.

About Cecilio

Cecilio creates affordable instruments made with quality materials. They want to give students the chance to learn string instruments at an inexpensive price. Over the years, Cecilio has constructed numerous quality instruments in the strings family including violins, violas, cellos, and basses.

The name Cecilio was one of the St. Cecilia patrons and according to legend, she heard music from heaven that she carried around with her in her heart.

Features/Specs

  • Comes in ¾, ½, and ¼ size
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Premium grade ebony tailpiece
  • Brass plated tuning machine
  • The endpin plug has a 10mm endpin made with hardwood
  • Comes with a nylon soft padded case with interior pockets
  • Bridge is adjustable
  • Comes with quality rosin
  • Warranty: 1-year

Recommended Upgrades

Strings

We highly recommend changing the strings on this bass since it will make a world of difference in the sound. The out-of-the-box strings are not the greatest and don’t unlock the real sound of this bass. We highly recommend upgrading to Pirastro Permanent. If you want more options, check out our guide to the best double bass strings.

Pickups

Getting a pickup for this bass will also improve the sound immensely. This will turn your double bass into an electric bass and will allow you to manipulate the sound to your liking.

Final Thoughts

Money can quickly become an issue when starting out on double bass since double basses are quite expensive. However, this Cecilio double bass is quite affordable and you get everything you need to start out. You receive the instrument, a soft case, and an excellent bow with rosin that is perfect for any beginner double bass player.

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