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  1. Hi team! Some cello colleagues recommended I ask the experts here while I wait to be able to bring a prospective cello purchase to my luthier for evaluation... your thoughts? Here's the info I have... Full size cello being sold by a cello teacher's widow. Purchased in Montreal in the 1980s, before which it was imported from Hungary. Allegedly made in 1910 by Robert Laumann. Purfling appears to be genuine, and the peg holes have been redone at least once. No cracks or fissures, no gaps or openings. The little blocks of wood on the inside along the back seam are a good 1.5mm thick? Ribs are lined. Let me know if the pics are okay! I made them quite a bit smaller after seeing the guidelines post. Thanks! Lee Desormeau, Montreal
  2. Hello All! This is such a helpful forum. I wonder if anyone can give me some feedback about this cello? The seller believes it is a Czech cello from the 1940s. There are two labels inside--one reads "Opravil Frantisek Zyka mistr houslar Brmno 194..." and I have learned a little about Mr. Zyka. The second label just above looks older and possibly original. It reads "Paul Beuscher luthier 27 Boulevarde Beaumarchais 1929 Paris" Am I correct in guessing this cello was probably sold at the Beuscher shop maybe as early as '29 and repaired by Mr. Zyka in the 1940s? The cello is in great shape and sounds really good. It has one crack at the bottom about an inch to the right of the saddle that was repaired at some point. The repair seems solid. The price tag is around $10,500 US dollars.
  3. Hello all, I'm hoping somebody can help me age and identify this cello. It's not for sale. It has arrived with myself after being in an attic for the past 40-50 years, and it belonged to a great aunt. The only clue is a small disc with the name: Douglas & Co 7 South Street, London, E.C - but from the small bit of info I can find online I think that is just the name of the retailer, not the maker. They seem to have been selling instruments in the very late 1800's to the early 1900s. So I'm estimating that this instrument is around 100 years old, but my knowledge is very limited. I am a cello beginner and I have a fairly nice 50 year old instrument that I'm enjoying, but I'd like to have this one restored/repaired/setup properly. It's actually not in bad shape, no major damage, just age related stuff. I'm hoping it's worth bringing back to its former glory, but either way it would be great to know it's age and origin. There doesn't seem to be any labels inside the instrument (unless very well hidden amongst 50 years worth of dust). Thanks in advance for any help with this! Rick
  4. This curious old cello came in for minor repairs and setup. The owner is trying to verify its age and origin. If the repair labels inside are to be believed, it could be from 1781 or thereabouts. Here are the photos: https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-8LLvcw I'd love to hear any opinions or observations, especially if any details of this look familiar. Some comments on the construction. There is no purfling and no corner or neck blocks. (You can see the neck joint in one of the photos, thru the endpin hole). There is no overstand, the end of the neck is level with the top. The scroll has a somewhat primitive looking "tread" pattern on the back. It also has 2 small pairs of plugged holes, whose purpose I wonder about. I'm not sure what the highly figured wood of the ribs is. The oldest label, after an unreadable name says "Keene, NH. Repaired 1881" and "known to be 100 years old" or something to that effect. Another reads "Repaired by Geo H. Hall, March 1911", with a separate one saying "This cello is known to be 130 years old. Repaired March 1911. W.W. Sturdevant." (Maybe Sturdevant was the owner, who had Hall do the repair. The Hall label is not easily visible.) Lastly, one more label reads "Repaired by Lars Henricksen, Keene NH, 1913." He's the only one I've been able to find anything about, and that was just that he was a carpenter in Keene. It's a bit small, LOB 723mm. Thanks for any thoughts.
  5. Looking for some guidance here, label says Paul Bailly but it looks German.. Sorry the photos are not more clear! Taken from a listing. Thanks in advance.
  6. Hi I have this cello I bought in 2013 for $150NZD. I think the strings are a bit too high, 8mm on the A string and 10mm on the C string, and I was thinking of getting the bridge made a bit lower, also because the bridge doesn't seem to fit the cello properly. but then I noticed the back is starting to come off and will need fixing. Does anyone know what kind of cello it is and if it would worth fixing? I know it's a cheap one, the fingerboard isn't ebony but the purfling is real. Thanks!
  7. I have a 2008 Alois Sandner Model #8225 cello that I bought a few years ago at Ifshin. I'm trying to ID it so that I can resell it. I would appreciate any help with this! Thank you so much! (Yes, one of the strings has broken so I'd need to get it restrung)
  8. Hello All, Sorry for the poor photos, I meant to get some decent ones and the day got away from me. Any thoughts on this cello shaped object on my bench? Measurements are: Body 71 cm., overall length 119, upper bout 32, lower bout 38, rib height 12.5. No label, 2 repair labels, 1891 and 1970. Many repairs. The belly and back only overhang the ribs by 1 to 1.5 mm. in most places.
  9. Hello all. I’ve had this cello since buying (new I think) from a music store in Cambridge (UK) in 1999. I’ve been thinking about selling it recently, but I have no idea what it is. There is no serial number (I even used a fibre optic scope to look inside). Only a sticker saying “Made in Germany”. Pretty sure it’s 4/4 (30” back, 48” total length). Likely a student cello. Pictures here via Imgur: https://imgur.com/gallery/MUFnTGx Many thanks to anyone who can help! Cheers, Matt. (I’ve since read the post about what photos to take for ID purposes. I will add those photos soon)
  10. Kallie

    Cello ID

    Hi, any thoughts on this cello? It doesn't seem like much to me, most likely just another German Trade cello, but I got it for a great price. And it sounds lovely. Much better than what I could buy in store for more than 10x the price. Any info on the cello/age would be much appreciated. No labels or writing inside that I can see. Someone got a little crazy with white glue unfortunately. Any suggestions on how to remove/soften it? Thank you, as always.
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