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A good cello of German origin
 
2014

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Several smaller studios in Europe and elsewhere are focussing on filling the dearth in good but affordable cellos through instruments made of good materials, well-crafted and on a par with instruments that cost twice or even three times as much. There the focus has shifted from high volume low-quality instruments (such as has flooded the South African market to the detriment of our young musicians and of music) to fewer instruments, but better made and of higher quality.

This cello shows a high standard of workmanship. It has good tone - evenly balanced throughout and easy to play on.

The materials in this instrument are well chosen - the two-piece back is attractive with a flame of medium curl, repeated in the ribs, neck and scroll. The top is of good tone spruce with an even medium grain. The reddish brown varnish is appealing, very transparent and compliments the wood nicely. This instrument shows attention to detail and to the traditions of good lutherie. Workmanship is very good throughout - very tidy corner work and the purfling neatly traced.

This cello convinces as a serious instrument conforming to high standards.

   
   
 

Dimensions :
  Standard full-size based on the Stradivari model

Condition :
  Brand new. Mint condition

Provenance :
  The property of Johan Grobbelaar

Price : Withheld
The decline of almost 40% in the value of the Rand over the past four years has led to a severe increase in the cost and importation of such instruments and of setting them up. In 2011 a dollar cost R6.80. This instrument was imported at a cost R10.80 to the dollar. The increase in price is regrettable but no longer avoidable.
 

 
 
 
 

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