This thread has been inactive for a while so I don't know if anyone is still following. It was asked above if anyone has heard a Gibson Cello. I have owned and played my Gibson cello since ca. 1970. It is heavy and has some peculiar construction (which I first learned about back in the 1970s when my repair guy took it apart for maintenance). Nevertheless, my teacher at the time (with the Baltimore Symphony and University of Maryland) said it was a perfectly adequate instrument he would have no problem playing in the symphony. Mine did have the neck come loose which was repaired and has been stable for decades. I have seen a few others on-line in poor condition with broken necks. So that does seem to be a reoccurring issue.