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The "Ex Robert Jamieson" 1990 William R. Scott and John R. Waddle Cello.

 

Robert Jamieson started playing cello at the age of 7 in California.  By High School, he was performing professionally in the Brodetsky ensemble.  In 1946, he won the L.A. Philharmonic Young Artists Competition.  At the age of 23, Bob joined the L.A. Philharmonic as the the assistant principal cellist.  He also played for many motion picture soundtracks in Hollywood.  Bob moved to New York in 1948, and joined the New York City Opera and Ballet, toured wtih the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini, and studied and performed at Tanglewood.  Bob became the Principal cellist of the Minneapolis Symphony (now the Minnesota Orchestra) in 1951, and retired from that position in 1991.  Bob played in a variety of chamber groups.  Bob taught cello to hundreds of students at the University of Minnesota, Universtiy of St. Thomas, University of St. Catherine, Macalester College, and out of his own private studio.  He passed away in 2018.

Bob owned a variety of cellos in his long career, and in 1988, traded his 1654 Joseph Filius Andrea Guarneri for a cello made in 1730, in Venice, made by Domenico Montagnana. 

Domenico Montagnana was born in 1687, and worked in Venice from 1701 until 1750.  He worked with Matteo Sellas and probably Matteo Goffriiller until he established his own shop from about 1711.  His cellos are some of the finest and best sounding instruments ever made, and are played by many of the most famous concert artists of today.  Original Montagnana instruments rarely come on the market, but when they do, they have sold for literally millions of dollars.

It is rare to have access to a Montagnana cello, and when Bob acquired his Montagnana cello, I wanted to study it and learn as much as I could from it.  Bill Scott is a friend and respected Luthier who I met early in my career, and also worked at Hans Weisshaar's shop in Hollywood.  

Bob gave us full access to the cello with the idea of making a "bench copy".  We photgraphed it, measured it, CT scanned it, and carefully chose woods with characteristics as close to the original as possible. Bill, with all the information we had gathered did a beautiful job of making the body of the cello, I made the neck and scroll, Bill did the varnishing, and I did the set-up (pegs, nut, fingerboard, bridge, soundpost and saddle).  Bob was pleased with the work we did and purchased the cello from us in 1990.  After Bob passed away, his family asked me to sell the cello, and it is now available again.  If you are looking for a professional level cello with a big sound, give me a call.

Other cellos that are available are below,

$10,000-$20,000, and up-

Christopher Dungey, Boulder, Colorado, 1996.  This cello was made for a professional cellist in a symphony orchestra in Canada and played for many years unitl she retired.  Please call for an appointment to come in and try it!  $55,000.00

Scott Zumberge, Minneapolis, 1982.  The sound of this cello is warm and full.  

Matthias Dahl, Minneapolis, 1942 "The Dahl Stradivarius".  $43,750.00

This cello is pictured in the book "Violin and Bow Makers of Minnesota", a publication of the Schubert Club Museum.  

 

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Paul Hart Cello #355. Made in Salt Lake City in 1996, Stradivari model, Great condition.  Paul made this cello on the famous Stradivari Forma B model.  The wood is excellent.  Paul Hart is a much admired contemporary maker.  He has won many awards and taught violin making to many younger makers (including me!)  This is a great cello!

 

$4,000-$10,000-

Savannah Strings, both Stradivari and Montagnana models. 

 Musaica, China, 2010.  Very good conditon.  

Stohr, Illner, and Riedl, Germany, 1995, Dark Reddish brown color.

West Coast String Instruments, "Vito Rossi" China, 2014, 

Wenzel Fuchs, Erlangen, Germany, 1969.  

 

$1800-$5000-

Savannah Strings, both Stradivari and Montagnana models.

West Coast String Instruments, "Vito Rossi" China, 2009

7/8 size cellos-

All of these cellos have smaller dimensions, smaller than full size, but bigger than 3/4 size.  

Paul Hart, Salt Lake City, Utah, made in 1986.  A great cello for someone looking for a slightly smaller cello with a big sound!  Call for price.

A cello by Sebastian Schelle, Nurnberg, Germany, made in 1741.  Well restored.  Reasonably priced.

A cello by Mathias Dahl, Minneapolis, Minnesota, made in 1959.  The cello was made for Elizabeth Close, an architect, who was an avid amateur cellist and was a founding member of the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis and was fond of playing chamber music.  

3/4 size cellos-

"Gunter Von Aue" Cologne, W. Germany,

Scott Cao, China

"Forest", China, 

Colin Wultur, 

Andreas Eastman,  China, 2011 VC 405.

1/2 size cellos-

John Juzek, Germany

Eastman strings

1/4 size cellos-

 

Instruments and bows are available in most price ranges. if you don't see what you are interested in listed, please call or send me a message. I may have what you need.  


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