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Strad cello with adjustable neck!

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One of my violas was similar.  I slotted the block for the bolt so the neck could slide up and down.  The bolt screwed into a nut and I used a wide washer to prevent damage to the wood.

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1 hour ago, jacobsaunders said:

The adjustable Cello (guitar etc.) neck was one (of the many) inventions of Johann Georg Staufer. We briefly discussed it here 

 

or here 

 

Thank you, Jacob.  Original form seen inside the converted size is quite remarkable, to me.  How might this affect the overall value of the altered original- i.e., would it have been more valuable to have kept this as a Stradivari workshop viola de gamba, or does it really matter?  I’d assume it is still worth a cool million...

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If you read the text, I think you will find that neither neck nor scroll are original, so it's "screwed" in every sense of the word. There are no end of celli with screw necks here, that have no effect on "Value"

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There are a number of flat-backed cellos from the 17th-18thc, especially from French makers, where a certain "violins vs. viols" controversy seems to have reigned in amateur circles. You can see one or two in Sylvette Millot's book on Old Parisian makers.

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Musically speaking why change the body shape at all? I realize the gamba has 6 strings but if you just change the peg box or even only use 4 of the 6 pegs wouldn't that be much easier?

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2 hours ago, Mark Caudle said:

I have 2 old cellos with flat backs!

Would you kindly provide some pictures, if available?  I wonder about the tonal advantages/disadvantages, and what a  flat back with average arching on the top may or may not do- maybe warmer sound, less power, limited overtones?

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