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  1. Hi all, I was looking for news and information to learn more about cellos of Andrea Guarneri, by accident someone knows something? I did not find much, just a few pictures on Cozio archives and around the web but little or nothing about measurements. I would particularly like the Soyer (which I think was the one played by the Quartet Guarneri) and the Servais, but any other specimen would do well. I only have photos and measurements of the Royal Academy's Filius Andrea 1692 on the book "Masterpiece of Royal Academy" and I will procure the poster by MdV of the Beare's Filius Andrea 1710, but the father is more delightful to me and stylistically I like it more,.although given the close co-operation they are not much different. I'm also interested in recordings and videos where I can listen and watch to and players who currently own them and play them, the few that I've heard alive have always fascinated me .... I would like to know even the museums that have specimens exhibited, if this is the case. Thanks in advance.
  2. I think I remember reading somewhere that sometimes in klezmer music there would be a cellist who would be part of a procession. Here's a music video of a contemporary artist. At 0:59 you can see a cellist walk around the corner and join the procession. I still can't imagine a string orchestra competing against a marching band though.
  3. I'm taking a look at this for purchase tomorrow (edit: postponed, but soon). Sound is the primary objective, so I don't really care what it is, but I'm curious. Thought to be 1890s, possibly German. Pictures: Any comment/critique/wild speculation much appreciated.
  4. Good day or night To me it looks beautiful. What is it?
  5. Hello to everyone this is De Paoli from Canada I would like to add more photos of tone wood and accessories that we have if there is an interest please let me know as we are moving from our present location over the next month and would like all this wonderful collection to go to luthier's hands! the next few posts will be of pics but if you request something specific i can post many more! thanks again for the interest!
  6. In the thread 'Repairing Collapse in Violin Belly' Jacob and Jeffery mentioned a method of correcting an arch deformation that I have not tried before, but I have a possible candidate for this method in the shop. I'd like to hear what people think. I had a hard time showing it in these photos, but the collapsed area seems to be focused on the lower bout on bass side. Saddling is minimal, but the lower bass bout is pretty flat. Lower wing of the bass fhole is raised 2.4mm and upper wing is 0.72mm low. Treble side has a lower wing 1.6mm low and upper wing is 0.5mm high. Hopefully that gives you a sense of where the deformation is most prominent. Bridge is likely to be at least 11 years old because the record keeper for the college has kept good records on these instruments since being hired 11 years ago and no mention of bridge work. The bridge appears to be in the same place where it was fit, is centered on the FB and heights are C 6 A 4, so I presume the top has not changed much in 11 years. It's a Mittenwald cello made for Wurlitzer. Not sure if exact age. I have the cello for 2 more days and would be happy to take more photos or check anything else that may be helpful. The cello is likely to come back in the summer/fall for a new setup, and I'll be considering the arch in the mean time. My current plan is to leave it alone, but the arch correction described by Jeffery and Jacob has me wondering about correction options that come in under $1500 retail (about 25 hours) including all work except setup Thanks for the input.
  7. Hi, in the coming weeks I will start to build a cello. I am writing to ask you for an advice: I would build a cello with powerful bass and deep voice so what is in your experience the model that is closest to the type of cello that I want to do? Thank you Levin
  8. I submit to you, my sister's cello. It has a couple open sound post cracks and at many places, the edges are flush with the ribs. I don't exactly know what will happen when the top comes off, but the thing obviously needs some work. It's a small cello, 7/8 size or a lady's full size. It has been hypothesized that it's English. My sister says someone once told her it looked like William Baker. In any case, it was purchased for not too much money. I suspect that a full restoration might cost more than the initial cost of the instrument. If you guys look at it and tell me it's a hunk of junk, I won't worry too much about who I recommend my sister sends it too. It'll probably be fine, and she just wants it to stop buzzing so she can play it again. If you guys look at it and say it's really cool and actually possibly a 17th or 18th century instrument, I'll make sure that it's someone capable of beautiful work. She loves the instrument, and others have complimented its sound. It's probably worth sending the instrument to someone really good regardless... Anyway, take a look, if you please:
  9. Dear all, I recently acquired a cello from a reputable auction house stamped and sold to be from the JB Vuillaume workshop. Bow looks nice if on the lighter side, but what got me wonder was when I removed the frog and found that the underslide is screwed down with two iron flat head screws. This would normally get my "German copy" bells ringing, but I am too soon to pass judgment here? Pictures can be provided if need be. Thanks in advance, Thomas
  10. We are located in Windsor On Canada - We still have an amazing collection of tone wood for violin, viola, and cello - both 2 piece, single pieces and jointed pieces spruce and maple - most pieces are from 1974 - 1980's accessories include bridges, fingerboards, etc wood blocks for scrolls molds ribs scrolls roughed out tone wood roughed out bows (brazil wood - various sizes) hanks of horse hair for bow rehairing tools 6-14 terrco marlin violin carver (backs, fronts and scrolls can be easily reproduced here) and so much more We are very limited in time as we no longer have the storage - please contact me for viewing can be purchased by large or small lots Inquire please!!!! I can post close up pics of any specific pieces
  11. Please come to The Amati Exhibition on Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th being held at the Langham Hotel in London. The Amati Exhibition showcases the very best antique and contemporary instruments and bows. Now in its fourth year the exhibition is an invaluable networking event for the stringed instrument community. The focus for this year is to reintroduce a more relaxed and informal feel so rather than a host a concert we are delighted to be joined by Trio Isimsiz for Sunday’s drinks reception. They are going to play Dvorak’s piano trio in F minor and the last movement of Schumann’s piano trio in G minor. On Monday there is an ‘Open Stage’ session where musicians from YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust) and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama will perform with instruments chosen from the exhibitor’s tables. Our instrument highlight this year is a cello by Giovanni Grancino, Milan, 1696, generously loaned from a private collection courtesy of J & A Beare. The cello has survived in a remarkably pure state with unpolished naturally worn varnish. Entrance on both days is free. For more information please contact Charlott on +44 (0)20 7099 7114 or visit the exhibition page on our website. Exhibitor List Adam Whone Violins Allianz Amati Auctioneers British Violin Making Association Caballero & Graswinckel Chaconne Chris Halstead Colin Adamson Fiddlease Florian Leonhard Fine Violins Gaspar Borchardt Helge Netland Lark Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin Mark Jennings Matthias Kayssler Newark School of Violin Making Noel Burke Paul Shelley Peter Oxer Rod Ward Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Sunrise Thwaites Turner Violins Ulf Johansson Ulf Kloo William John
  12. Hi all, Hoping for a bit of help/suggestions: A local is selling a cello bow, no name. I find the stick and head quite striking and beautiful. The frog is obviously pretty worn, and the crude screws in the underslide makes me think German. But do any of you want to venture a guess or help close in on what this might be? Sorry for the hyperlinks instead of photos - don't think I am allowed to post photos yet. Many thanks in advance! Thomas
  13. Hello everyone I have some lovely pieces of Cello tonewood they are two piece - some already joined and a couple still in half I have cello ribs a few scrolls bridge finger boards cello mold/frame if anyone's interested please let me know!n thanks!
  14. Hey there I'm not sure if this topic belongs in this forum but I guess I'll go for it I've had my viola for a few years now and as pretty as it is, I managed to put a few ugly scratches on it, (by accident of course). there aren't that many but they're kind of obvious. To me, anyway. I like to consider myself an artist, particularly skilled in swirly doodle looking stuff, and I was curious if it would be safe to use acrylic to paint swirly doodles on my viola. I've read several articles regarding painting on the bodies, so I'm definitely aware of the effects heavy painting has on the wood and the sound quality of the instrument. However, I don't intend to cover the entire instrument in paint like the authors of the forums and articles I have previously read, I just want to do some extremely simple and light designs that are just dark enough to cover the scratches, which are mainly in one main area on my instrument. The color would be similar to that of the instrument: a reddish brown color. Nothing fancy. I was wondering if it would be too damaging to the wood or affect the sound greatly. If so, are there any safer alternatives?
  15. Hi there Internet stringed instrument experts! I have a bit of a funny question for you. I happen to own a 3d printer, and have successfully designed instruments in the past (look up the 3d printed trombone if you are curious, I'd link it but i'm guessing new posters posting links get blocked) , and I decided I want to make another one. There are other 3d printed cellos in existence, but I think I might be able to make a worthwhile electric cello to complement those designs. Whatever I come up with will be open source and freely available to all to download and print. The difficulty here is that I don't actually play the cello. So I need some help from the cellists and Luthiers around here, if you have a moment to help improve the eventual resulting design I would greatly appreciate it, and will credit anyone who helps in the final design when it is posted online. You can see my usual design style and postings on thingiverse under the username "piercet" if you have any questions regarding my design skill level. I'm intending to create a pure electric cello with a sealed resonating chamber under the bridge, with bass guitar tuning pegs, a real wooden cello fingerboard and tailpiece, a wooden bridge, 4-6 strings (or both?) using a piezo pickup between the bridge and the cello body, with an integrated preamp in the back. There will be space internally for the end spike, I will have a wooden nut above the finger board and a wooden saddle thingy at the bottom, some sort of folding leg spacers and arm rest guide piece since those seem to be important for playing the cello. There will be some sort of neck truss rod to hold the whole assembly together, The main body will be composed of several sections of 3d printed ABS plastic. The area I'm looking for help with is the section immediately under the bridge. I have what I believe to be a decent set of cello layout ideal measurements to go off of for the string angles, lengths, bridge heights, etc. What I don't have is any idea of what the radius of the curve should be right under the bridge. Any ideas? I'm going to take a look at the local cello shop and see if they have any used bridges that aren't necessarily playable, but have a decent ideal measurement for me to start with, but if any of you happen to have a good idea of what to shoot for, I would most appreciate it. The other thing I would like some guidance on is the resonating chamber itself. I want to add some bass to the cello piezo pickup, so my intent is to make a chamber that has a top skin 2-3mm (1/4"?) thick with an integral bass bar and sound post. The chamber itself would be about 30-40mm deep, maybe more, but that whole area would probably only be slightly wider than the bridge itself My intent is to create an easy to print, functional instrument that sounds decent and could be created by the average 3d printer hobbyist or skilled cello player for around $100-$200 in parts, would have a usable sound for a student or a traveling musician for the rock / jazz scene, and one that might not spontaneously combust out of shame if it ever accidentally ended up on stage in a concert hall. The cool thing about this is the whole thing will be somewhat modular and configurable, so myself or others can create upgrade components for it as time goes on. This will also give me the opportunity to play with different materials and structures (would a cello sound better or worse with vibration damping pads embedded in certain areas? things like that) Any help you can provide would be much appreciated! Thanks! Tim Pierce
  16. Hello. Sorry for my English. I live in Minsk, Belarus. I repair guitars and made few for myself. Rock vocalist and guitarist too:) After watching videos of 2Cellos I started to like cello. My elder son started to learn play cello in music school. I was repaired your 1/4 cello (moscow factory cello). And now I think to make new cello for him. I think 5 strings cello will more interesting. Not so easy to find good tonewood in Belarus. I planning to use simple wood (plain maple). Also think to make not full classic cello But with some modern feature.
  17. A colleague asked me for pictures of old cello bridges. Especially they're looking for bridges made by Mantegazza. I've already sent them this link Since I couldn't help them further I'm asking forum members for help. Thanks in advance
  18. Hello all! This very interesting Gaetano Pareschi 5 string cello made its way into my shop for repairs and consignment. Of note of course are the folk art additions most assuredly not by the maker. Any idea how additions like that would impact the value of a piece like this? Anyway, something you don't see every day, thought I'd share!
  19. Hello everyone! I'm planning on making Francesco Ruggeri's cello because I am struck by the beauty of his cello. But I don't have his historical and his cello's characteristic information.It's lucky that I got 1694's detail measurement and some good picture last year.Besides,I would like to get more detail but I cannot get anymore. I was wondering if you tell me how can I get more information?? Does anyone who know something good books or good his information?? thanks!
  20. Hello everyone, I want to build a cello based on 1740 Montagnana. The model is not so different from a Stradivari cello except for the heights of the archings that in Montagnana are much higher. I wanted to ask: this greater height proved a less powerful but sweeter sound or even increases bass? Levin
  21. I am looking at an authentic Paul Blanchard Cello from 1891. I like the sound and how it plays but wonder what experts think of the lutherie of this particular maker. More precisely my questions are: - How do his instruments compare to the more famous french makers (Vuillaume, Bernardel, Lupot…)? - Does he belong to the best french violin makers or is he somehow less good? - Is a cello by him a good investment? - What would be a fair price to pay for such an instrument in good condition? - I read that instruments after 1885 are to be valued lower. Is it true and why? Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, Sebastian
  22. I am a first time poster! I purchased a beautiful Cello. The paper tag says "Midway 1807". Curious if you could help me identify this beautiful instrument. Photo of Tag: [EDIT]: New album: [old photos] Album of Photos of cello: Discussion Thread on Reddit; Thanks guys for taking a look!
  23. Today my clients of a chamber orchestra asked me for baroque bows of middle range and reasonable price from an european dealer or maker. Will appreciate if you share your experience testing and dealing with such a bows. Thank you all in advance. Stepan Demirdjian
  25. Hello all! I am an owner of a cello I would like to get some more information on before I sell it. The inner tag reads "Framus Georg Hellmer Copy of Stradivarius Made in West-Germany" I used it for a number of years [at least five or six] while I was a student up until 1999, as evidenced by the nicks and scrapes on it's body. Images of the cello here: I am also contacting what I assume to be something related to Framus, as this page lists my instrument, but provides no other information.,151-155,159&katID=4679&cl=EN So, I have a number of questions: Condition. How would you describe it, what would it take to remove the blemishes, and is that something that should be done before selling? I don't even know the etiquette for selling instruments, are "as-is" transactions generally frowned upon? I thought I had more questions, but at this time I'm drawing a blank. When trying to appraise an instrument, what questions are asked? Approximate value, and what it could approximately be sold to a private party for. Cellos have a huge range of values is the bulk of my understanding.