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This cello was made by Robin in 2003 as a close copy of a Milan period Guadagnini cello circa 1755 with a fine, Italianate tone.
This cello has the same dimensions as the original instrument, making it an ideal choice for a smaller player seeking a very rewarding and comfortable instrument to play.
To arrange an appointment to try this cello, please telephone +44 (0)1353 668559 or email in advance. Cellos can be taken out on approval for two weeks; there is no charge for insurance.
In 2001 Robin Aitchison was asked to copy a Milan period Guadagnini cello (1755) for its owner, which marked the beginning of his fascination with G.B. Guadagnini. Robin now regularly makes cellos to G.B. Guadagnini’s original model (l.o.b. 715mm or 28”) as well as his own slightly enlarged version
(l.o.b. 737mm or 29”.)
Robin’s close study of this and other Guadagnini cellos has given him a profound understanding of the model. Guadagnini’s cellos tend to be wider in the front than in the back and it appears that Guadagnini removed his mould from the ribs and glued them to the back before defining the shape of the front. When released from the mould the ribs splay out a little so that when Guadagnini drew round them to create the outline for the front of the instrument, the front was wider than the back. This design is comfortable for the cellist, since the narrow back sits easily between the legs. The design also has tonal advantages, since the wide front increases the tonal potential of the instrument.
Robin follows the same construction method with his Guadagnini cello copies which, along with his meticulous selection of wood and faithful re-construction of Guadagnini’s arching and thicknessing results in a tone close to that of the original instrument.
For an article about G B Guadagnini, click here.