The baroque cello I restored was originally built by the Guggenmoos family from Füssen, Bavaria.
The instrument had been reduced in size as many celli had been in that period.
I have restored it to its original “Baroqueness” by incorporating a new neck (original scroll tongued in) in a 91° angle and by placing a new laminated ebony fingerboard on it.
- Length: 72 cm at bottom
- Top mensure: 38 cm
- Neck mensure: 26 cm
- Scale length: 64,5 cm
The top is large-grained spruce, the back plate is maple cut from in one piece in slab.
The varnish is dark brown on golden yellow surface; the sound is as light as the weight of the instrument.
The A and D strings are unwound gut, silvery sounding, and the G and C strings are wound with silver-plated copper – mild sounding.
The Baroque cello had been “modernized” about 200 years ago and had been played as a 7/8 cello.