Baroque cello

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With the custom made cello shown here we aimed to achieve the baroque sound but wanted to be as close as possible to a modern cello as far as string length and usability are concerned.

In order to do that we used a longer, slimmer neck and expanded the body in comparison to a baroque cello.

We compensated for the change in sound resulting from the longer neck and the bigger body with a special construction of the instrument’s belly, which is the result of a long series of experiments. Using gut strings, we could keep the wood in some areas of the belly rather thin. Together with a matching sound post and bass bar the sound of this instrument comes very close to the cellos by Hendrik Jacobs (Amsterdam 1629-1699) and Giambattista Rogeri (Brescia 1650-1730) which we used for comparison.