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I'm helping a cello-mate track down the origins of a Czech cello that she acquired in 2000. The Kulovany label appears to a be a repair label (thank you Google Translate), can anyone help with the lower label? It's not a bad instrument, having lovely flaming on the back. Many thanks!

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The upper label says: 

Restored by:

V. Kulovaný (name)

Pupil of M.Pikart (name)

Luby u Chebu (city in the CR where violin making school is located, on the very far west of the republic)

The other one in my opinion says:

Libor Šefe (Šefl) - Luby u Chebu.

Although it is hard for me to read it even though I am native speaker.

EDIT:

The name on the lower label is Libor Šefl, I am enclosing one of his celli in the link below.

http://www.paganini.cz/violoncella/417-libor-sefl/

 

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Thanks to all for your help. Philip, here are some photos. To me the upper bout looks wider than a traditional Stradivari model, is it based on a different model? The dimensions are LOB 737 mm, UB 352 mm, LB 437 mm. Special thanks to Dominik for identifying the maker. The  cello in the link you sent does look very similar. Best regards David.

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Šefl, Libor , violin maker, born 12. 6. 1932, Cheb. He was trained in Cremona*, Poland, under the leadership of violin-makers Josef Pötzl and Josef Vávra . After his apprenticeship he worked in Cremona* and at the same time he was also engaged in independent production of tools. He worked for a year in the workshop of Alfred Neudörfer , a specialist in the construction of cello. Since 1969 he works independently in his own workshop. He initially produced mostly violins, and later began to specialize in the construction of cello. He has successfully participated in a number of international violin competitions.

*Following the 1948 Czechoslovak coup d'état, Czechoslovakia fell under communist rule and the remaining violin making industry in Luby, supported by the Violin Making School, was nationalized under the name Cremona. In 2005, the Violin Making School moved to Cheb.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Luby School was well-represented by master luthiers Emil Lupač, Karel Zadražil, Josef Budil, Miroslav Pikart, Libor Šefl, and Jan Pötzl, all of whom had worked for the Cremona factory in Luby.

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Cello in the Rain!

Now that's something you don't see every day! 

Most cellos are severely hydrophobic. ^_^

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3 hours ago, Rue said:

Cello in the Rain!

Now that's something you don't see every day! 

Most cellos are severely hydrophobic. ^_^

Agreed! I was inside pretty soon after I felt it, a quick rub down and she's okay.

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4 hours ago, romberg flat said:

Šefl, Libor , violin maker, born 12. 6. 1932, Cheb. He was trained in Cremona*, Poland, under the leadership of violin-makers Josef Pötzl and Josef Vávra . After his apprenticeship he worked in Cremona* and at the same time he was also engaged in independent production of tools. He worked for a year in the workshop of Alfred Neudörfer , a specialist in the construction of cello. Since 1969 he works independently in his own workshop. He initially produced mostly violins, and later began to specialize in the construction of cello. He has successfully participated in a number of international violin competitions.

*Following the 1948 Czechoslovak coup d'état, Czechoslovakia fell under communist rule and the remaining violin making industry in Luby, supported by the Violin Making School, was nationalized under the name Cremona. In 2005, the Violin Making School moved to Cheb.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Luby School was well-represented by master luthiers Emil Lupač, Karel Zadražil, Josef Budil, Miroslav Pikart, Libor Šefl, and Jan Pötzl, all of whom had worked for the Cremona factory in Luby.

Thanks so much Romberg.

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