Ifshin Violins
Rare & Fine Instruments

The Ifshin Collection of Fine Cellos

If you are looking for a fine cello, now is very good time to visit Ifshin Violins! Although fine quality cellos have become increasingly difficult to find in recent years, we currently have our best selection ever. We would like to extend an invitation to you to visit us to see and try some of these exceptional instruments.

Carlo Tononi, Venice 1725

Carlo Tononi, Venice 1725

We are especially pleased to offer this fine Venetian cello by Carlo Tononi. Many experts feel that the Venetians made the finest cellos, even equaling or exceeding those of Cremona. Tononi was one of the greatest makers in Venice. His cellos are rare but of typically grand Venetian character. This cello has a wonderful, deep, rich lower end and a clear resonant upper end. Includes three certificates of authenticity, including Beare and Son of London.


Labeled Pietro Tononi

Labeled Pietro Tononi

Possibly Bologna, 18th century.


Henry Jay

Henry Jay

London, early 17th century. Old English cellos are always in demand for their exceptional tone and great value. Henry Jay (1585-1667) was one of the earliest English makers and was especially noted for his viols so popular at that time. This fine cello has an unusually fine tone, very open and powerful.


John Morrison

John Morrison

London, 1812. English cellos, especially from the 18th and early 19th centuries have long been popular with cellists as they offer exceptional quality at prices much lower than old Italian instruments. Morrison was a pupil of Forster and made a number of fine instruments.


Ivano Coratti

Ivano Coratti

Bologna, 1978. Coratti began violin making in 1962 and went on to work with Morassi in Cremona. By the early 1970’s he was already winning awards and medals at major competitions including first prize at the Poznan “H. Wieniawski” competition in 1981. and two silver medals at the Cremona Triennial competition in 1979.


Thomas Dodd

 Thomas Dodd

London c. 1780-1790


Old English, attributed to Panormo

Old English, attributed to Panormo

The English makers are especially appreciated for their cellos. This fine old English cello has an amazing full, rich tone with easy playability.


René & Marcel Aerts

René & Marcel Aerts

René Aerts established his own shop in Brussels in 1921, where he became the official luthier to the Brussels Conservatory. He was particularly famous for his violas and cellos, and even made a quartet of instruments for the Pro Arte quartet. Marcel Aerts, René’s son, studied with Laurent in Brussels before moving with his father to Los Angeles in 1932. This is an excellent cello, typical of their work with a full, warm tone.


Grubaugh and Seifert

Grubaugh and Seifert

2004. Grubaugh and Seifert have been making instruments jointly since 1980. Since then they have earned a fine reputation for constructing superb instruments. They both worked for Hans Wesisshaar before setting up their own shop in Petaluma. They have won numerous awards, and their instruments are performed throughout the world. This particular instrument has a wonderful rich open tone, articulate and clear.


Charotte-Millot

Charotte-Millot

Mirecourt, c. 1830


Max Franke

Max Franke

Leipzig,1928. Max Franke worked for a number of important makers including Otto Jaeger, H. Kessler, R. Heberlein and A. Wilfer in Leipzig before opening his own shop in 1921.


James McKean

James McKean

New York, 2013. Jim McKean started his violin making career at the Violin Making School of America in 1973 in its very first class. After graduation in ’77, he moved to New York and worked with V. Nigogosian whose shop was a destination for the best makers at that time. He opened his own shop in Manhattan in 1981 and his instruments soon were in demand. Respected by his peers, Jim is past president of the American Federation of Violin and Bow makers. His instruments are performed on by professional musicians and soloists, including Carter Brey (Principal Cellist, New York Philharmonic) and Andreas Cardenas.


Louis Collenot

Louis Collenot

Reims, 1897


Dario Vettori

Dario Vettori

Florence, 2008


Haide Lin

Haide Lin

El Cerrito, 2014


Carlos Roberts

Carlos Roberts

Cremona, 2014. Carlos started his violin making career in his native Argenina before going to the violin making school in Milan. In Cremona he has worked with a number of masters. Jay Ifshin especially chose this excellent cello from our latest Cremona exhibition.


Haide Lin

Haide Lin

El Cerrito, 2010. This wonderful cello won a certificate of achievement for tone at the Violin Society of America competition in Cleveland.


Daniele Tonarelli

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Cremona, 2016. Since graduating from the school of violin making in Cremona in 1994, Daniele Tonarelli has distinguished himself in a number of competitions around the world. His instruments are modeled after the classic Cremonese masters. He uses a brilliant and transparent varnish, constructing his instruments with carefully selected materials and pays particular attention to their tonal qualities. This cello has a full sound with a clear A string range end and very deep bottom range as well as great projection.


Daniele Tonarelli

Daniele Tonarelli

Cremona, 2008. Since graduating from the school of violin making in Cremona fifteen years ago, Daniele Tonarelli has distinguished himself in a number of competitions around the world. This beautifully crafted cello is in the classic modern Cremona style. The tone is even, warm and clear.


Giancarlo Stanzani

Giancarlo Stanzani

Bologna, 1990 Giancarlo began violin making at a very early age and studied with Enrico Piretti. He won awards for his cellos at a major competition in Ascoli Piceno.


Stefano Trabucchi

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Cremona, 2010. Trabucci began studying violin at age eight and by 14, he was studying violin making at the Cremona school. He studied with Stefano Conia and Massimo Negroni, graduating at age 18. He worked with Marco Nolli for four years before setting up his own workshop. Over the years, he has won numerous awards for his work.


Walter Glasel

Walter Glasel


Marcello Bellei

Marcello Bellei

Modena, 2007. A few years ago we received our first cello from this maker and we were so impressed that we ordered more. We now have three of his cellos. This gifted young maker trained with the Scrollavezzas in Parma and worked for a number of important makers before opening his own workshop three years ago in Modena. His workmanship is elegant and superb.


Georgio Martini

Georgio Martini

Ferrara, 2013


Elisa Scrollavezza

Elisa Scrollavezza

Parma, 2011. Elisa’s father Renato founded the famous violin making school in Parma so she was deeply involved in the world of violin making from childhood. In 2002, Elisa formed a partnership with Andrea Zanrè, also a Scrollavezza student. In their workshop in the historic center of Parma, they concentrate on making new instruments along with training the next generation of violin makers.


Andrea Verazzani

Andrea Verazzani

Cremona, 2012. Born in Naples, Andrea graduated from the Cremona violin making school in 2000. He spent five years perfecting his skills in the workshop of Daniele Tonarelli before opening his own workshop in Cremona.


Gary Vessel

Gary Vessel

Salt Lake City, 1998


Primiata Liuteria Italiana

Primiata Liuteria Italiana

Cremona, 2014.


Heinrich Gill

Heinrich Gill

Bubenreuth, 2008. Model 394


Herbert E. Schoenfelder

Herbert E. Schoenfelder

Wernitzgrün, 1894


Rainer Leonhardt

Rainer Leonhardt

Mittenwald, 2010. The famous Leonhardt workshop in the beautiful town of Mittenwald, the cradle of German violin making, opened in 1926 and spans four generations of master makers. They are especially known for their superb cellos.


Jay Haide Vuillaume Model

Jay Haide Vuillaume Model

Vuillaume model violins and cellos: The elegant style of Vuillaume’s instruments has inspired us to create a new model in his honor. Using European wood, the violins are based on his Guarneri model violin, the cello on his Strad pattern. The varnish imitates his unique lustrous golden hue. The tone is powerful, easily producing colors from the entire spectrum.


Klaus Heffler

Klaus Heffler
Model 121

Roman Teller

Roman Teller

Eltersdorf b. Erlangen 1963. Instruments from the Roman Teller workshop (which include the Rudolf Buchner instruments), especially those from before 1974 when Teller died, have become popular with our customers. These instruments represent an above average quality for a commercial German instrument. This cello has an excellent tone quality and is in exceptional condition.


Zoltan Toth

Zoltan Toth

Cleveland, 1999


Klaus Heffler

Klaus Heffler

Forcheim, 2011, Model 21


Jay Haide "S" model

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Statue or "S" model cello. This special model represents an excellent alternative to our regular European wood cellos. The European wood used for this model was chosen for its tonal qualities and is offered at an ideal price point. The cellos project with rich warmth and great power. We are currently offering the S model in Strad, Montagnana, and Ruggeri patterns.


Jay Haide, à l'ancienne

Jay Haide, à l'ancienne

Over the last several years, our Jay Haide cellos have become tremendously popular with teachers and students, as well as professional musicians. They represent one of the best values in a handmade cello available today. Our finest model of the Jay Haide line sells for $4,950 and is available in Stradivarius, Ruggieri, and Montagnana models.

New! The l'ancienne model cello is now available with European wood.

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Jay Haide

Jay Haide

Jay Haide, Model 104. These fully handmade cellos represent an excellent value for a promising student. We usually have a good selection of these cellos, priced from $3,650.

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Jay Haide

Jay Haide

Jay Haide, Model 101. These fully handmade cellos represent an excellent value for a promising student. We usually have a good selection of these cellos, priced from $2,850.

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Alois Sandner "Alosa"

Alois Sandner "Alosa"

Alosa, from Alois Sandner


J & H

J & H

The J&H cello is one of our most affordable cello; it is totally hand made and set up here in our shop.


Borceto

Borceto

Our newest budget priced cello is the latest addition to our Borceto line-up. Set up entirely in our El Cerrito workshop, this is a great cello for the beginning or intermediate cellist.


NS Design Electric Cello

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This fully electric NS cello, designed by Ned Steinberger, is available in the mid-range CR Series. This remarkable instrument is able to produce the delicate and precise tones of its acoustic parent as well as to create exciting new sounds through the tone shaping geometry of its Polar™ piezo pickup system. The use of standard cello strings and scale length establishes a familiar starting point for the cellist's journey to the electric world. From there anything goes. The energetic response of the NS Cello can be tamed to deliver a traditional cello tone, or set loose to explore new territory.

Available for a limited time only! Please contact us to try or to make an offer.


Cello Bows

We also have an excellent selection of old and new cello bows, including several fine bows by Morgan Andersen, one of the finest and most important bow makers working today. His cello bows have been tremendously popular with professional cellists. Please see our Fine Bow page for a full listing.

We cordially invite you to come by for a visit and try any of these fine cellos and bows. We look forward to seeing you.