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  • celesta-i want one. impossible to find?

    i just recently started a hunt for one of these, and can already tell its gonna be a tough battle. ive never seen one in person-anyone ever played one? seen one for sale? should i just give up and be happy with my glockenspiel? they just sound too damned good......

  • #2
    I would LOVE a Jenco Celesta. Danny Federici carried one for years and the miced it onstage. I see 3 octave ones on E-bay or sometimes the rarer 4 octave ones. They go up to almost 3 grand on auctions. I check out Craigslist all the time for these.
    "Danny, ci manchi a tutti. La E-Street Band non e' la stessa senza di te. Riposa in pace, fratello"

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    • #3
      I played around with this one at last years namm show:
      If you have several thousand to spare pick one up

      http://www.yamaha.com/yamahavgn/CDA/ContentDetail/ModelSeriesDetail/0,,CNTID%25253D5012320%252526CTID%25253D235200,00. html

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      • #4
        Check this version of Incident of 57th St . At 4:50 or so you can see a Jenco Celeste that Danny is playing.
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        • #5
          electrobaby-thanks for the link. do you know how much the yamaha's sell for? when on the link, the "locate dealer" tab doesnt work, and if i search the catalog of any of the linked online retailers, none of them show the celesta as available.

          how did it sound? after looking at videos and listening to the instrument closer, i notice that some of them have a nice, bright tone(what i want), and some have a more woody, muted tone(not really what im looking for).

          honestly, a couple grand would be a relief. the only ones i see for sale online are collector's item/concert grand-types that are well over 15k.

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          • #6
            Well, the one list price I found (a Yamaha CEL-56P celesta) carried a price of 8700 pounds. Yikes!

            They are nice sounding instruments -- I would suspect that the concert celestas (which I usually see in orchestras) sound nicer than the table top models. The Yamahas are pricey buggers, though.
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            • #7
              it sounded nice from what I could tell in the noisy booth....but honestly not anywhere nice enough to pay through the nose for...nothing a synth rompler couldnt easily emulate in my opinion. and yeah Im sure the price is rather high as most of their orchestral stuff is...I think the 4 timpani drum set is something like 45K.

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              • #8
                They seem to be niche instruments. I don
                "Danny, ci manchi a tutti. La E-Street Band non e' la stessa senza di te. Riposa in pace, fratello"

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                • #9
                  . ive never seen one in person-anyone ever played one?


                  Yup, I've played one.

                  You could write to symphonies/opera companies/ballet orchestras and see if they have one they arent using and would like to sell.

                  The ballet "The Nutcracker" was the first orchestral piece to use the Celeste. They usually use a real one. Ballet and opera companies all over are folding, they might like the money.
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                  • #10
                    You could write to symphonies/opera companies/ballet orchestras and see if they have one they arent using and would like to sell.


                    Heh. As long as the Nutcracker is a Christmas staple, I suppose the celesta will always have a place in the orchestra. Same with a couple other pieces (eg "The Planets", "Carmina Burana", and other early 20th century scores). Symphonies seem to be doing better than ballet and opera, though both aren't hugely healthy these days.

                    I agree that a ROMpler can emulate the sound sufficiently, though not exactly. Considering the cost, though, it'd probably be better just to get one of those orchestral VSTs with a celesta patch. Even analogs can emulate the "feel", though not the sound, with sine-wavey pingy patches.
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                    • #11
                      I remember my old DX7IID had a great celeste. It's just getting that "ting" right - mellower and less staying power than a glockenspiel - and adding a wooden "thunk". I should imagine most synths could pull this off, with or without samples. I used that FM celeste on a recording once - it sounded totally authentic as long as it wasn't up front in the mix.

                      I checked Sam Ash online - they carry a lot of acoustic instruments - but alas, no celeste.
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                      • #12
                        Heh. As long as the Nutcracker is a Christmas staple, I suppose the celesta will always have a place in the orchestra. Same with a couple other pieces (eg "The Planets", "Carmina Burana", and other early 20th century scores).


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                        • #13
                          Only here will you find someone looking for a Celesta and have people suggest a VST.

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                          • #14
                            Only here will you find someone looking for a Celesta and have people suggest a VST.
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                            I'm sure the real thing is tons better, but hey -- I don't have an orchestra-sized budget, and the celesta in Kontakt 3 works for me.

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                            • #15
                              what makes them so expen$ive?
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