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Pictures of my last Montagnana model cello

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Hi everyboby !

Here's some pictures of my latest cello. I am really happy with the result and the cellist is also really happy to play with it.

Please send comments about it.

Richard

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Lovely. What's the varnish?

I've prepared 2 varnishes for this cello. I've used a Colophony/Linseed oil ligthly colored varnish after the wood preparation and a Colophony/Mastix/Venetian Turpentine/Linseed oil colored varnish for the colored coats. I've made the first varnish by simply cooking it and the second one was also cooked but I've made a reaction with Nitric Acid to get more color (a little dangerous :) ). I've added some pigments to the colored coats to get the colour that I've wanted, but a really really small amout of it.

Richard

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Crisp and classy, I'll go along with that. The scroll and the corners are that for sure. I'm not into scrolls but I could be if they all looked like that. I'm doing a Montagnana violin right now and the corner shots will be my guide. Very nicely done!

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Yes, it looks excellent, well done.

I'm interested in other maker's methods, and the time they take, etc.

How long did it take for all the wood working ?

How many coats of varnish did you apply ?

Cheers.

Hi Ben,

Thanks for your comments and questions. I don't know how much time I've exactly worked on this cello because I am working for someone else in the Restoration of string instruments during the week and that I've made this cello during the weekends when I've had the time to do so. I guess 600 hours.... There's approximately 6 thin coats of varnish (5 to 7) on this cello.

Bye,

Richard

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Crisp and classy, I'll go along with that. The scroll and the corners are that for sure. I'm not into scrolls but I could be if they all looked like that. I'm doing a Montagnana violin right now and the corner shots will be my guide. Very nicely done!

Hi Ken number 2 !

Don't use the pictures of my corners to make your Montagnana model violin if you want to respect the style of Montagnana corners. I've used a Montagnana model to make this cello, but I did not respected the style of his work. My cello is too cleanly made to respect his style. Search a little bit on internet to find pictures of violins made by him when you want to copy the style of his work. It's sometimes a little crude what he made, but surely interesting. I don't have the courage to work like him at the moment. Thanks for your comments.

Richard

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Richard, a very nice cello, I'm sure the owner loves playing it (I'm a cellist myself, and it looks like an instrument one likes to play)

I was going to comment on what you said yourself, the work is maybe (a little too) clean. I feel especially the shape of the peg box (which looks a little too sterile/modern to me for some reason, don't know exactly why) and the scroll, which has this deeper (too refined to be Italian) cut, I'm sure you know what I mean, (I'm only a cellist and not a maker I've no clue what its called officially) are too cleanly done and for some reason don't look like they'd belong to this cello, a rather bold and big model.

But otherwise, I really like the instrument, how does it sound?

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Richard, what a beautiful instrument. Wonderful long corners and a beautiful back. Very nice clean work.

Chris

You're right ! The corners are a little bit long !

Thanks Chris

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Richard, a very nice cello, I'm sure the owner loves playing it (I'm a cellist myself, and it looks like an instrument one likes to play)

I was going to comment on what you said yourself, the work is maybe (a little too) clean. I feel especially the shape of the peg box (which looks a little too sterile/modern to me for some reason, don't know exactly why) and the scroll, which has this deeper (too refined to be Italian) cut, I'm sure you know what I mean, (I'm only a cellist and not a maker I've no clue what its called officially) are too cleanly done and for some reason don't look like they'd belong to this cello, a rather bold and big model.

But otherwise, I really like the instrument, how does it sound?

Hi Baroquecello !

I agree with you and some collegues mentionned the same thing about the sterility of the pegbox. It was exactly the term used by a big violin expert and restorer of Germany that saw this cello. You really have good eyes for a musician ! You're comments are really good and helpful.

The sound is beautiful particularly on the bass side ! Powerful and rich. I am really happy with the result.

Richard

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Very impressive work Richard! Thanks for sharing.

Hi Daryl,

I must say that I am also "secretly" really impress by your really nice work (Seen some pictures). Continue to make so nice instruments. I hope that I'll hold one of your instrument one day in my hands to look at it precisely

Thanks a lot,

Richard

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