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    S333 Edward Burr, Wellington, New Zealand 1927

    $ 15,000.00

    Edward Burr was New Zealand’s first professional full-time luthier, setting up his workshop in Wellington in 1921 and producing over 155 instruments before his death in 1938. He had made well over 100 violins before he embarked on his first cellos in 1927, but made up for lost time by producing four of them in the space of a year. The wood is well-chosen: the back and ribs have a narrow, light flame and the neck and scroll are particularly handsome, with a strong narrow flame which is enhanced by the golden brown varnish used over the whole instrument. This would be an excellent instrument for a talented and advancing student.

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    S323 Noel Sweetman cello, #49, Cambridge, New Zealand, 2007

    $ 18,000.00

    Noel Sweetman has become New Zealand’s most prolific cello maker—this handsome instrument, made over a decade ago, is his forty-ninth. Unlike his earlier cellos, this has a subtly antiqued finish, especially on the belly, with a golden orange-brown varnish still in remarkably good condition. The tone is warm and expressive with good projection in all registers, and very little trace of a wolf note. This cello would be a great instrument for an advanced student or emerging professional.

    Start sale price: $18,000.00

     

    Measurements:

    Back length:       756.5mm
    UB:                         345.5mm|
    MB:                        239.0mm
    LB:                          442.5mm
    Stop length:       395.0mm

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  • 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.

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