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A Good Cello, selected and imported by
Johan Grobbelaar
for the Violin Connection of Southern Africa

(Please note: The cello depicted below was sold almost immediately after it arrived here, which is a testimony to the excellent quality of these instruments. I leave it on this page as example and reference for these instruments, since I currently have another shipment of these superb cellos arriving soon.)

This cello represents the top-end trade fare that is increasingly establishing itself in the international arena where excellent workmanship, very good tone and fine European materials meet in a good, satisfying, responsive and above all, affordable, instrument. These instruments compete with the best output of some leading master instrument builders, providing an accessible alternative to the expensive fine hand made instruments produced in some of the leading European violinmaking studios.

This cello is new, but has been artificially "antiqued" to look much older and worn than it actually is. Today such antiquing is no longer regarded as trickery or deceit, but is perfectly acceptable and very much the norm in lutherie. It is interesting to note that antiquing is an anticipated or required technique in many of the world's important international violin making competitions and trade fairs. For example, in the 2011 Violin Society of America Violin Making Competition in Cleveland, the gold medal for a violin was awarded to an instrument fully antiqued to the extent that it was virtually indistinguishable from an authentic 18th violin.

A striking feature of this particular cello is its one-piece back - of nicely flamed maple with a mild medium curl (see photos). This is attractive and desirable, as it is difficult and costly to find a single piece of wood big enough for a complete cello back. And this cello has good tone - even throughout and speaking with openness and responsiveness, easy to play on. The materials are well chosen - the sides appear to be matched with the wood of the beautiful one-piece back, showing attention to detail and to the traditions of good lutherie. Workmanship is very good throughout - tidy work in the corners and purfling neatly traced. Varnish is a strong amber to red-brown oil-based application that really nicely compliments the wood.

Here is none of the typical "trade look" and cheapness that usually go along with the low grade products that are systematically imported to fill the shortage of beginner cellos in the country. This cello passes with conviction as a "serious" instrument that conforms to all the requirements one may have for a professional instrument.


Dimensions :
  Standard full-size Stradivari model.

Condition :
  Excellent. Brand new. All aging on this cello is artificial.

Provenance :

Price : Withheld
This cello was sold almost immediately on arrival, but is left here as an example of these excellent instruments. A new consignment is on its way.


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