The Yamaha SVC 50 is amazing. It is the first line of Silent Cellos by Yamaha and I really enjoy learning how to play this instrument.
I am a beginner at learning how to play cello and I know there is a lot of opinions about learning how to play on a classic acoustic cello, but it's great if you haven’t got a lot of space you won’t be disturbing neighbours, because it come with headphones, it's light weight and has a beautiful sound.
There is a lot of accessories you need to get, for those new to a stringed instrument, you will need to get: a tuner, a good bow (preferably horse hair- sounds much better, I realised this later...), rosin for the bow (I like a lighter one), a fingerboard sticker for learning where the notes are and a good tutorial book or teacher. You might consider getting good spare strings. - For the silent cello you will need to get an adapter for power. (There are many other things you could get- a music stand, a cello stand, an amplifier but you'll know what more you'll need to get when you’re comfortable playing and especially if you’re already a seasoned cello player – you’ll just plug in and get practicing)
As this is the first line of Silent cellos by Yamaha unlike the newer models you will need to attach the chest rest and knee rest to make you feel like you’re in a playing position of an acoustic cello. The newer models (SVC 110, SVC210) look aesthetically like a cello whereas the SVC 50 looks like a cool cross between a futuristic silent cello/electric guitar.
I love playing this cello. It has exceeded my expectations. I feel you have to really search for information when starting to learn how to play a stringed instrument, let alone a silent stringed instrument. Advice is not so readily available as with a guitar or piano, but I'm very pleased with the advice on the Thomann website, their service and delivery. Thank you.