Musical Resources & Links
Shar Music A musical superstore based out of Michigan, Shar has excellent quality rentals and student instruments, as well as products and supplies.
Ifshin Violins Located in El Cerrito, Ifshin has a large rental selection of both cellos and violins, as well as musical supplies. 
Lamorinda Music Located in Lafayette, this is an excellent local music store which carries both rental instruments as well as musical supplies.
Articles & Resources
Harvard Study - Children and Musical Instruments A Harvard Study conducted in 2008 which finds that children who study musical instruments outperform their non musical peers in a number of ways.

Created by reknowned cellist and teacher Paul Katz, this site includes (free!) mini lessons, interviews and performances with great cellists, as well as an awesome Cello Blog. Check it out!
National String Project Consortium The NSPC is dedicated to increasing the number of children playing stringed instruments, and addressing the critical shortage of string teachers in the US.
Highly Recommended Youtube Videos
South Carolina has talent!! Awesome Cello Video written, played and directed by Ryan Knott
Smooth Criminal by Cellists Sulic & Hauser ~ follow the links on the side of the youtube page to look at all their other fabulous videos!