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.

Hannibal Fagnola

Hannibal Fagnola

Turin 1930


Charles Adolph Gand

Charles Adolph Gand

Paris, 1854.

Charles Adolph Gand was the son and successor to Charles François, who was the student and successor to Lupot. Charles Adolph was one of the most successful and esteemed makers of his time and made wonderful and sought after instruments. This cello is one of his finest works and is in excellent condition.


Joseph Hill

Joseph Hill

London, 1775


Pietro Gaggini

Pietro Gaggini

Nice 1943. Gaggini was the nephew and student of Alberto Blanchi in Nice and took over his business in the 1930's. This exceptionally attractive cello has a rich red-brown varnish with a craquelure that many collectors find most attractive. The sound is full, rich and very responsive.


René & Marcel Aerts

René & Marcel Aerts

Brussels


Roger & Max Millant

Roger & Max Millant

Paris, 1937


Silvio Levaggi

Silvio Levaggi

Cremona, 2013. After graduating from the Cremona School in 1984, Silvio Levaggi worked for many important makers in Cremona before setting up his own workshop. Between 1998 and 2010, he won 23 medals and awards for his instruments at international competitions. He is famous for his exquisite workmanship and wonderful tone.


Branded P. Mougenot

Branded P. Mougenot

Mirecourt, early 20th Century


Edgar Russ

Edgar Russ

Cremona, 2005.

Born in Austria, Russ started making violins when he was only 11. After attending the Cremona violin making school from ’84 to ’89, he worked with Georgio Grisales before going on his own in 2000. Since that time he has become one of the most important Cremona makers.


William John Acton

William John Acton

London, 1903. In recent years, English cellos have increased in desirability, in large part because of their excellent tone. This interesting cello has an excellent tone, full, dark, and rich. It would be an especially good choice for a chamber music player. It is in superb condition.


Amati Label, possibly Collin Mezin

Amati Label, possibly Collin Mezin

Mirecourt


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.


Dario Vettori

Dario Vettori

Florence, 2008


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

Daniele Tonarelli

Cremona, 2014

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.


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.


Stefano Trabucchi

Stefano Trabucchi

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.


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.


Carlos Funes Vitanza

Carlos Funes Vitanza

San Francisco, 2008. This Cremona trained maker is well-known in this area. Crafted from beautiful Italian poplar, this is an attractive and excellent sounding instrument.


Georgio Martini

Georgio Martini

Ferrara, 2013


Elise Scrollavezza

Elise Scrollavezza

Parma, 2011


Marcello Bellei

Marcello Bellei

Modena, 2006.


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.


Andreas Haensel

Andreas Haensel

Kleinsendelbach, 2011


Bernd Dimbath

Bernd Dimbath

Bubenreuth, 2011, E Class. Working with two acoustic scientists who analyze every detail of each instrument under the most controlled conditions. These new instruments represent a leap forward in instrument making.


Vincenzo Anastasio

Vincenzo Anastasio

Naples, 2010
Anastasio studied with Giorgio Corsini (successor to Rudolfo Fredi) in Rome and Vittorio Bellarosa in Naples before establishing his own workshop. This fine cello has a big, robust, warm tone.


Paul Hart

Paul Hart

Mount Pleasant, UT, 2009. We have just received two cellos from this esteemed maker who is especially renowned for his cellos (Paul is an excellent cellist). He taught at the Violin Making School of America where he trained some of the most important makers working today, including Jay Ifshin.


Ciciliati-Massari

Ciciliati-Massari

Ferrara, 1997

This beautiful cello was made in the workshop of Allesandro Ciciliati in Ferrara. The back and sides is of an attractive Italian poplar. The upper register has a vibrant, singing quality with the lower strings having a full rich tone.


Gary Vessel

Gary Vessel

Salt Lake City, 1998


Bernd Dimbath

Bernd Dimbath

Bubenreuth, 2006, model 444. Several years ago, the Bernd Dimbath model 444 cello won a major prize from the German Government. Dimbath is one of the most successful makers in Germany today and his instruments are always made to the highest quality standards. This is a very beautiful cello with exceptional tonal qualities.


Heinrich Gill

Heinrich Gill

Bubenreuth, 2008. Model 394


Herbert E. Schoenfelder

Herbert E. Schoenfelder

Wernitzgrün, 1894


David Dunn

David Dunn

Sunny Valley, OR, 2002.


Anton Stöhr & Sohne

Anton Stöhr & Sohne

"Faszination Cello" Inglesdorf.


Klaus Heffler

Klaus Heffler

Forcheim, 2011, model 8


Klaus Heffler

Klaus Heffler

Forcheim, 2011, Model 21


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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Old German

Labeled "Made in Germany".


Alois Sandner

Alois Sandner

Bubenreuth, model 8225 & model 8220sp.


Zoltan Toth

Zoltan Toth

Cleveland, 1999


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

NEW! from Ifshin Violins. Our new 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.


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.