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B912 3/4 size, Chinese, handmade, with hard case$ 4,000.00
This small sized cello is a good example of the better quality student instruments currently made in China. The wood of both back and belly is well selected and the fingerboard is of ebony.
B934 3/4 size ‘Handarbeit aus Mittenwald’, Germany 1960$ 6,000.00
It is unusual to find smaller cellos of this quality, suitable for either a young but advanced student or someone of small build. The varnish is applied in the French Mirecourt style and the “Stradivari” modelling is slim and elegant. The cello comes with a bow and soft bag.
S261 Labelled “Bergonzi”, China, 2007$ 7,750.00
In the decade following the year 2000, a number of well-made violins and cellos were imported into New Zealand from China under the trade name “Bergonzi”. This cello is a typical example, finished with a warm, dark brown, spirit-based varnish, which complements the strikingly-flamed maple back, ribs and neck on the back. The workmanship of the edges and other details is crisp and assured. The instrument is responsive and balanced across all four strings; the A and D strings are particularly resonant.
S362 cello labelled “Stradivarius”, Europe, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 8,000.00
This attractive-looking cello with its amber-coloured varnish stands head and shoulders above most of the standard European-manufactured cellos we have seen over the years. The maple ribs in particular have a lovely, vivid flame and the spruce belly wood is well-cut for maximum strength. The tone is bright, clear, and warm, with excellent projection and evenness on all four strings. Each note speaks distinctively, even in extensive string crossing work.
Start sale price: $8,000.00
S351 Johannes Rubner, Markneukirchen, Germany, 1985$ 8,500.00
Johannes Rubner’s workshops in Markneukirchen continued a long family tradition of making good student-quality cellos and double basses, a tradition that dates back to Josef and his son Otto Richard-Rubner, in the mid-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
This instrument is in excellent condition, with a golden orange-red varnish that has developed a fine, attractive craquillure over most surfaces.