My son is eleven and we're about to buy him a full size cello. He will be doing grade six in the summer. He's just got a grant which will cover some of the cost and we'll sell his existing half size. My question is whether we should buy him the same cello as he has now, but in a full size, or whether to buy him a 'forever' cello, which will cost about three times the cost of the cheaper one. We were going to buy a three quarter size, so would have gone for the cheaper one and upgraded when we got a full size, but he's grown enough to manage a full size. My husband thinks maybe we should get the cheaper one as he's not that careful with it, but if we do we'll obviously lose money on it when we come to sell it in a couple of years' time. On the other hand he may get another grant then which would offset some of the cost. I don't think he's going to be a professional or even do music as a career so the more expensive one would very likely do him for good once we get it. My feeling is that he might as well have the benefit of the better one now but I'mreally not sure. I'd very much appreciate anyone's thoughts or experiences.