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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.


Hannibal Fagnola

Hannibal Fagnola

Turin 1930


Charles Adolph Gand

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Paris, 1854.

Like so many of the finest luthiers, Charles Adolph Gand grew up in a family with a long lineage of important makers. His pedigree can be traced back to Nicolas Lupot of Orleans, arguably France’s most influential maker. After studying with and working for Francois Pique, the first of the French makers working in the “modern” style, Lupot set up in Parisin 1798. His accolades include an appointment to the Imperial Chapel in 1813, luthier to King Louis XVIII in 1816, and a commission as luthier to the Paris Conservatory of Music in 1817, to whom he would make an instrument for the winner of the annual competition. In 1802 he hired Charles Francois Gand, known as Gand pére, as apprentice.

Charles Francois Gand, the father of Charles Adolph Gand, was himself a first rate luthier. Having learned the “modern” style from his master, Gand pére constructed instruments on the Stradivarius model rather than the Stainer or Amati models. In other words, he preferred instruments with a flatter arching- achieving a powerful sound fit for contemporary concert halls. In 1820 he acquired the shop of another influential Parisian maker, Koliker, building a large atelier of international importance. Though he was considered a rival to the thriving businesss of Vuillaume and Lupot, he maintained a good relationship with Lupot. When Lupot retired in 1824, he passed all his official appointments to Gand pére.

Charles Adolph Gand, also known as Gand frére, took over his father’s shop in 1845. Steeped in a rich tradition of France’s best luthiers, Gand flourished as one of the finest makers of his generation. Working with his brother Eugene, he won 1st prize at the Paris Exhibition in 1855, receiving the prize directly from Napoleon III, the emperor of France. In 1862 he was made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, the highest honor in France. A source of national pride, he was also the official luthier to the Parisopera and to the Emperor. Because he was an acclaimed expert of old instruments he had limited time to make instruments. Yet his entire production is of the highest quality, and is sought after by collectors and professional musicians alike.

This cello was made in 1854, one year before Gand won the top prize at the prestigious Paris Exhibition. The wood was carefully selected for its sonorous character, and the top is of typically wide grained spruce. The arching of the top gradually raises and flattens, out producing a strong and responsive sound, while the arching of the back is slightly more rounded, giving the instrument an unparalleled richness. The cello is dressed in a deeply hued red varnish with a touch of antiquing. The scroll is beautifully carved, prominent but always elegant. The chamfers are outlined in an antiqued black, quite common in mid 19th century Paris, and very well done. The exquisite varnish and woodwork is not uncommon in Gand’s oeuvre. The condition, on the other hand, is quite unique. At over 150 years of age, one rarely sees a cello in such a good state of preservation, especially for an instrument that has been used professionally.

-Article authored by Raphael Gold


Joseph Hill

Joseph Hill

London, 1775


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.

 


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.


Mario Frosali

Mario Frosali

1926. This superb cello was made while Frosali was still in Italy where he studied with Giuseppe Scarampella.


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.


Roger & Max Millant

Roger & Max Millant

Paris, 1937. Brothers Roger and Max Millant were among the most respected European makers of their generation. Beginning their studies with their prize winning grandfather Sebastien-August Deroux, they continued their studies with Mougenot in Mirecourt and with Dykes in London. After establishing their own shop in Paris in 1930- shortly before turning 30- they quickly developed fame for constructing instruments of robust tone and elegant craftsmanship. During the course of their careers they won prizes in Cremona, The Hague, and Liege, among others. This cello, from 1937, is a classic example of their work and has a big sound, rich in overtones


Grubaugh and Seifert

Grubaugh and Seifert

2003


René & Marcel Aerts

René & Marcel Aerts

Brussels


Silvio Levaggi

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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.

 


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.


Charotte-Millot

Charotte-Millot

Mirecourt, c. 1830


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


Charotte-Millot

Charotte-Millot

Mirecourt, c. 1830.


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

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


Gary Vessel

Gary Vessel

Salt Lake City, 1998


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.


Giovanni Colonna

Giovanni Colonna

Cremona, 2007

This excellent contemporary Cremonese master cello has a powerful sound, well balanced on all strings, and easy to play.


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.


Anton Stöhr & Sohne

Anton Stöhr & Sohne

"Faszination Cello" Inglesdorf.


David Dunn

David Dunn

Sunny Valley, OR, 2002.


Primiata Liuteria Italiana

Primiata Liuteria Italiana

Cremona, 2014


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".


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.



 

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.