Francesco Goffriller was the son and student of the great Matteo Goffriller, maker of some of the finest cellos in existence. Francesco left his father's Venice workshop in 1714 and spent his career in Udine. The scroll is a replacement and is of fine old Cremonese workmanship. It was played on for many years by a well-known soloist who used it for several professional recordings. This fine cello has a superb rich, even tone with an exceptionally nice upper register. It has that fine old Italian sound that everyone seems to be looking for. It is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Charles Beare, London. Without a doubt, this cello would be an excellent choice for a top soloist.