In my cello build I have come upon the idea of perhaps making this first cello a 5 string variety. Not set in stone yet. I still am recovering from my back plates separating while carving on the outer arching.
Since my bout width's will be a little larger than I originally intended. Don't ask me how it got away from me. Nevertheless I have been fascinated with the idea of making this a 5 string version for my own use. I am *horrible* at reading the tre
This is a variant 5-string C-G-D-A-E using the VDG model in the Stradivari Museum. I also used the 1684 5-string peg-box, which likely went onto a larger instrument like the ‘General Kyd’ cello of the same year. I think the date in mine is about 1984.
There is no bend point in the upper bouts of the back. I simply curve the ribs to fit the bending back. Because the arching in the upper bout is almost flat due to the counter curve extension at the neck block; it bent very easily. I