I rented my cello this week and had my first lesson last night. A friend of ours, Scott Davis, has been playing the cello for many years, and is excited to help me learn.
He was very impressed with the cello. I guess it can be something of a crap shoot, but I lucked out and got one with a very good sound.
It sure helps to have some prior knowledge of music. I played the piano some many years ago and even went into the accordion for a while. But I think that it's mostly the desire to play that will make it work.
I figure in a year I will be playing along side Scott in our ensemble.