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  1. Thanks for your replies. Jeffrey, I appreciate your concern and should have been more clear about my intentions with the post. The cello is being sold by a university conservatory that has owned it for the past several decades. It has no certifications and the school acquired it as a gift. I am in contact with the Director of the conservatory – he has asked that I try to gather some opinions on the cello before they consider selling it (I enquired about the sale of the cello after playing it). The institute is aware that I am sending photos to external parties. I have already taken the cello to several shops in my area. It has had some substantial repairs (sound post cracks in front and back, bass bar crack) and there is speculation as to its origins. I've linked some photos below... Thanks again! http://s1382.photobucket.com/user/jacobcello11/library/
  2. Hi all, I am currently looking to purchase a new cello. I'd like to gather some opinions on the instrument (can someone let me know how to upload photos?) and its authenticity. I am a player myself and know relatively little about makers and origins. It has rather large F-holes and a beautiful one-piece back (maple). The label reads: "Joannes Valletianus fecit Matrito anno 1799". Has anyone heard of this maker or seen and of his work? The varnish is mainly orange with hints of deeper red. The varnish on back is slightly harder and shinier. The back length is 752 mm. It has a fantastic sound (very rich and deep bass. Recently performed it alongside a G.B. Gabrielli instrument - the sound qualities were similar). I will post photos as soon as I understand how. Thanks a lot!
  3. Hi all, This may be a trivial question but I can't seem to figure out how to upload pictures with a post? I'm trying to get opinions on a cello and would like to show photos. Thanks, Jacob
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