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.

Over $50,000

Carl Becker

Carl Becker

Chicago, 1932. Carl Becker is considered by many as the greatest violin maker in the history of American violin making. The grandson of violin maker Herman Macklett, Carl worked with John Hornsteiner at Lyon & Healy. He worked with Hornsteiner until 1924 and then joined the firm of William Lewis & Son. He spent his summers in Wisconsin making new instruments. Starting with his son Carl Jr., he formed a violin making dynasty which continues to this day. This beautiful cello is a fine example of Carl’s instruments, made when he was producing his best work.

Francesco Guadagnini

Francesco Guadagnini

Turin, 1937. Francesco Guadagnini was the last maker of The Guadagnini family, which started with the great Giovanni Battista (1711-1786). After working in Rome from 1895-97 he returned to Turin and set up what was to become one of the most important and successful workshops in Turin. He was highly decorated for his work, winning numerous medals at important competitions.

Labeled Pietro Tononi

Labeled Pietro Tononi

Possibly Bologna, 18th century.

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.

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.