Sign in to follow this  
Urban Luthier

Cello Graduations for Poplar Backs & Beech Ribs

Recommended Posts

15 hours ago, nathan slobodkin said:

As has been discussed before there are many species of the Salix and Populus families sold commercially as Poplar. I have seen cotton wood from Western Canada sold for instruments and would definitely not use it myself while tulip polar is actually of the magnolia family and in my experience is the densest and heaviest of all the commercial "poplars".

I suspect the species accounts for the difference between your two sets of ribs not the sawing.

Any idea how to identify a pice of poplar by looking at it? I'm curious about the piece I posted above. As for the ribs, I may have enough thickness in the wedge for the ribs, if not I'll look for some nice beech.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
On 7/9/2019 at 5:07 AM, nathan slobodkin said:

Just looking at this thread again. I had one of my cellos show up in my shop for appraisal that had a two piece, quartered black willow back and quartered ribs.15 years old, no deformation or other issues and now on the list of my better instruments.

Hopfully it will stand the test of time like the Castelbarco Strad cello. Over 300 years old with not a single crack in the ribs!


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.