We have a wide variety of cellos available for sale in our showroom. Every cello has been restored and set up to the best possible playing standard. We encourage you to come and try our cellos, and you can take items away on appraisal to ensure you find the right cello for your playing style and aspirations.
Please note that bows and cases are NOT included with the cello unless indicated.
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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.
S410 “Symphonica Antique” cello, Asia, early twenty first century
Although purchased in England and without a label to indicate a country of origin, this attractive-looking cello, with its red-brown varnish and handsomely-flamed maple back, is almost certainly of Asian manufacture. Good-quality ebony fittings have been complemented with a professional set up in our workshop to give it good playability and an even, resonant tone. The cello comes with a German “Erich Steiner” bow and a Hiscox hard cello case in very good condition, and will make an excellent instrument for students in the middle grades.
Start sale price:
$6,000.00$4,900.00 including hard case and bow
B934 3/4 size ‘Handarbeit aus Mittenwald’, Germany 1960$ 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.
S345 Cello labelled “Kopie nach Josef Klotz Mittenwald”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 6,000.00
Despite the attractively handwritten label, it is unlikely that this cello was made in the Bavarian violin-making town of Mittenwald. Although the outline and modelling follows the style of the famous Klötz family of luthiers, it is more likely to have been produced in the Markneukirchen area, further north. The tone is clear and pleasant, with a particularly good balance between the A and D, which, in contrast to many cello second strings, is strong and characterful.
Start sale price: $6,000.00
S445 Cello labelled “Stradivarius”, Western Germany, mid-late twentieth century$ 6,000.00
After WWII, many workshops in the traditional violin-making area of Markneukirchen and the surrounding Vogtland were forced either to become state-controlled factories under the East German Communist regime, or relocate in and around Bubenreuth, in newly-created Western Germany. This instrument is typical of a number of cellos imported into New Zealand in the 1960’s and ‘70’s, with a lightly antiqued, amber-coloured varnish and an open-grained spruce belly. The cello speaks easily, producing a resonant tone with a strong bass register.
Start sale price: $6,000.00
S261 Labelled “Bergonzi”, China, 2007$ 7,900.00
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