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Nathan Gonzales

Cello Identification, Repair and bridge adjustment

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Hi

I have this cello I bought in 2013 for $150NZD.

I think the strings are a bit too high, 8mm on the A string and 10mm on the C string, and I was thinking of getting the bridge made a bit lower, also because the bridge doesn't seem to fit the cello properly. but then I noticed the back is starting to come off and will need fixing.

Does anyone know what kind of cello it is and if it would worth fixing? I know it's a cheap one, the fingerboard isn't ebony but the purfling is real.

Thanks!

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At the first look is would seem to be an inexpensive Schönbach cello of the 1940’s or 50’s. It needs a general overhaul by a violin maker, and would make a respectable school cello.

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What is that scratched on the bottom?  Wankowhat Intermediate I?

And in the first picture, in the background, is that a ball about to go in the hoop? :lol:

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9 hours ago, Rue said:

What is that scratched on the bottom?  Wankowhat Intermediate I?

And in the first picture, in the background, is that a ball about to go in the hoop? :lol:

It says Waikowhai Intermediate it's a school in South Auckland, New Zealand.

Its Māori, wai means water and Kowhai is a kind of tree.

Dont know what the extra I is for...

And yes the ball is about to go into the hoop :-D

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6 hours ago, jacobsaunders said:

At the first look is would seem to be an inexpensive Schönbach cello of the 1940’s or 50’s. It needs a general overhaul by a violin maker, and would make a respectable school cello.

Oh ok thanks, do you think it's worth doing? 

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I only paid $150 NZD for it and it will probably cost that much or more to repair it, we took another cello in to get the backboard re glued an it cost just over $100 and with the other things that need doing to my one it might cost quite a bit more.

I will get the necessary things fixed (since I cant afford a new cello) but I don't want to spend more than what its worth. 

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