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S283 Antonio Strings ASLH # 605 cello and GEWA hard case$ 13,880.00
The “LH” of this cello’s instrument code stands for Ling Hua, or (in full) Zhenghua Ling. Zhenghua is a highly successful Shanghai maker who has won two prizes in the Violin Society of America competition for his own violins. He used his success to move away from mass production of cheap instruments and focus his now-much-smaller manufacturing workshop on making good-quality student and professional instruments.
The maple and spruce used in the #605 cello series is sourced in Europe, and the golden-orange varnish is based on a Northern Italian recipe. The maple in this cello has a light but attractive flame, and the spruce has a fairly open grain. The workmanship is very good and the cello has a strong, projecting tone suitable for advanced student performance.
B990 Noel Sweetman, #17, Cambridge, New Zealand, 1996$ 22,000.00
This is a very representative example of Noel Sweetman’s work of that period, during which he made a number of cellos on this large Stradivari model. The varnish is a warm golden brown colour and the maple of the back has a very narrow, regular, attractive flame. The workmanship is very good, and the tone is clear and projects well. This instrument would be suitable for an advanced student or a young professional player.