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Celesta : What is it?

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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. 

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Types of Celestas

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Kinds of Celestas include the following:

Spinet celesta

  • 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.

Console celesta

  • 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.

Studio celesta

  • 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.

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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.

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