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.


From $20,000 to $50,000

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. Joseph Charotte-Millot studied violin making with the great Parisian maker Jean François Aldric. This excellent cello is of slightly smaller size and has a wonderful tone, subtle and rich and easy to play.


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.