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Mittenwald Cello with an exquisite sound, Mittenwald, dated approximately 1850
Mittenwald Cello with an exquisite sound, Mittenwald, dated approximately 1850
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 74.4 cm
Year: approx. 1850
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Mittenwald Cello with an exquisite sound, dated approximately 1850

This historic Mittenwald cello hails from the atelier of a skilled and experienced luthier; it is an outstandingly crafted instrument with a sound that is rare in its beauty. Its warm and mature singing tone is as clear in character as it is sweet, thus permitting musicians to achieve express themselves precisely in complex musical performances. A dated label inside the body attributes the cello to Joseph Schandl, an unknown (if not perhaps fictitious) member of this family of luthiers, and indicates 1835 as the year when the cello was made. The cello's southern German heritage is clearly evident: it was made in keeping with the region's artisanal traditions. Its maker chose tone woods which were unassuming from an aesthetic perspective but rich in wonderful tonal properties. Over time, the deep bordeaux-red varnish has darkened to nearly black, developing a charming historic appearance with a lovely patina. Like many other self-confident pieces of classic violin making, this cello has a knothole on the back which has no impact whatsoever on the sound. Its grafted scroll, a common restoration amongst heavily-played stringed instruments, reflects the great esteem that musicians of early generations showed this instrument. Our luthiers have reviewed the cello and seen for themselves its flawless condition and the solidity of the restorations which were done something which is non unusual for an instrument of this age. The cello has been meticulously set up and is now ready to play, and it has earned our special recommendation for its exceptionally good sound.

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