A celesta is a percussion instrument similar to a small, upright piano. The keys are connected to hammers that hit several steel plates suspended over wood resonators when struck. It is made with a pedal used for reducing or sustaining the sound.
Types of Celestas
Kinds of Celestas include the following:
A spinet celesta is the smallest type of celesta.
It measures 20 to 30 inches tall.
It is ideal for children and young players.
It is inexpensive and space-saving.
However, its keys do not provide a balanced feel.
A console celesta is a medium-sized instrument.
It measures 28 to 35 inches tall.
It is ideal for teenagers and students.
Its keys provide a balanced feel and a fast repetition of notes.
It is fairly priced.
A studio celesta is the largest and heaviest type of celesta.
It measures more than 35 inches tall.
It is ideal for professional, experienced, and adult players.
It produces a very soft timbre and an excellent tone.
It is expensive.
Choosing Celestas (Buying tips)
Durability: Choose a celesta made of solid hardwood to ensure durability and long-lasting use. Make sure it is coated with a protective finish for added protection.