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Cellos and Basses

We have Cellos (also known as Violoncellos) and Basses (also known as String bass), Double bass, Upright bass, Standup bass, Acoustic bass, Bass violin, or Bass fiddles) made by Italian, German, English, French, Czech, Canadian and Chinese craftsmen are available here regularly.  Please inquire if you have a specific request for a fine old master instrument. 

Listed below are some of the fine Cellos and Basses we currently have in stock.

NOTE: Some of our finest instruments are not listed on this site. Please inquire about specific requests.

All consignments will be considered.

Trade-ins are also welcome. We usually give two-thirds (or sometimes more) of the original price back on trade-in instruments and bows purchased here if they are in the same condition as when we sold them, barring normal usage. If you have an instrument or bow that was not originally sold to you by us, we will also be happy to consider it for trade-in.

All prices are in Canadian Dollars unless otherwise noted.

Photos available on request. E-mail us

Piergiuseppe ESPOSTI
1983 Cremona Italy
A full, rich, big-sounding professional cello made by a well-known and highly-respected Italian maker. Excellent condition. A pleasure to play. $45,000
RIEDSTRA/GUAN 2001Stradivari model cello. Made by us in our shop in Stratford, Ontario in 2001. This fine quality cello has a big tone and quick response.  It is made of the finest European tonewood in the Cremonese style.  Henry Riedstra made the varnish. $18,500
August KRISTALL of Estonia, made in 1911 August Kristall of Estonia, made in 1911. A well-made professional European cello bearing the brand of and made by August Kristall dated 1911 on the upper back below the button. Well-restored condition. Very fine big sound and response. This maker opened his shop in Jurgenthal in 1889 and later moved to Tallin where he was still making instruments in 1929. $25,000
Old German cello
# 541
Old Cello c.1880, labelled "Luigi Fabris...1871".  Guarneri del Gesu model.  Sound is warm, responsive and powerful. We made a new top for this cello out of the finest old tone wood, and varnished it to match the instrument, since the old top was damaged. $8000
Xue Chang SUN Finest "Master Artist" Stradivari model cello made 2001. Beautiful appearance and rich,warm, balanced, concert quality sound. $7900
Giovani Basino.
#543 2001
Finest "Model Domenicus Montagnana...1725" cello. Made in the old Italian style. Rich, powerful resonant tone. Highest grades of spruce and maple. Excellent new condition. $7500
Andreas Eastman model 906 Andreas EASTMAN cello model 906. Highly skilled makers make these superior cellos. Beautiful sound and very good projection. Hand-carved of highest quality spruce and finest flamed maple. Artistically applied shaded brown on a golden ground varnish. Best visual and tonal qualities. $6500
Calin Wultur, Romania 2011
    SOLD
New Master-made cello, designed from the "Piatti" Antonio Stradivari cello. Finest spruce and maple. Excellent workmanship. Very resonant, big sound with very good projection. $5800
Xue Chang SUN Very fine Stradivari "Artist" model cello. Rich fine sound. $5500
Vasile Gliga 2008 new Master cello Made by the master makers in the Gliga shop in Reghin, Romania. Excellent wood and workmanship. Very pleasant quality tone. Easy and quick response with a big tone. Comes with certificate of Authenticity with photos, signed by Vasile or Christian Gliga. $5500
Calin Wultur, Romania 2011
      SOLD
New Joseph Guarneri filius Andreas model cello. Beautiful spruce and maple selected for pleasant, smooth sound that projects very well. $4800
Xue Chang SUN Beijing workshop, 1999. Old German Style, medium dark red-brown varnish, Strad Model Cello. Very fine rich sound. Handcarved. $3600
Andreas EASTMAN cello model 905          Only the finest skilled makers make these outstanding cellos. Marvelous sound and workmanship.  Hand-carved of best select spruce and finest flamed maple. Artistically applied shaded brown on a golden ground varnish.  Highest visual and tonal merit. Montagnana and Stradivari models available. Model 905 is available in 7/8 size too. $5500
Wendolin Jenkins Description: Good cello made in a professional shop. Quick easy response. Very fine spruce and maple tone wood. Very pleasant sound. $3800. $3800
Calin Wultur Shop Romania 2011 Description: A good new Joseph Guarneri Advancing Student model cello of fine spruce and maple. Built for a full, resonant sound. $3800
Vasile Gliga Shop 2008   SOLD Made in Reghin, Romania. Description: New Gama model Gliga cello. Beautiful full rich sound. Very fine workmanship. Dark Varnish.  
Xue Chang SUN Beijing 2000, Stradivari, "Concert" model cello. Brown on golden ground. Very fine sound. $3800
Andreas EASTMAN cello model 605 Superior sound with pleasing complexity. Very responsive with power when needed.  Hand-carved of very fine select spruce and well-flamed maple.  Attractively shaded varnish -- from dark orange-brown to lighter yellow-brown in some places in the manner of an older instrument.   Montagnana or Stradivari models. 
Model 605 is available in 7/8 size too.
$3600
Vasile Gliga Shop, Romania Description: New Gems 1, fine, hand-carved spruce, and nice flamed maple cello. Fine workmanship and warm, pleasant sound. $2800
Andreas EASTMAN cello model 405 Excellent professional, full responsive sound.  Hand-carved of fine select spruce and flamed maple. Hand-rubbed oil varnish in beautiful antique finish.
Model 405 is available in 7/8 too.
$2950
Andreas EASTMAN cello model 305 Very fine professional rich responsive sound.  Hand-carved of select spruce and flamed maple. Antiqued to look like an old German cello in dark reddish-brown varnish.
Outfit price with fine wooden bow and well-padded cello bag is about $2850 depending on which bow and cello bag you select.
$2595
Xue Chang SUN "Concertino" workshop cello. Well finished and professionally carved. Fine sound. Two small knots on the belly wood. $1800
Samuel EASTMAN cello model 100 Nice hand-carved cello with full, responsive sound. Professional setup. Ebony fittings with Wittner tailpiece with built-in fine tuners. Warm golden-brown. E-mail for
special pricing
Samuel EASTMAN cello model 200 Fine, rich, responsive sound. Higher quality materials, wood, and even finer workmanship than the 100 model. Professional setup. Warm golden-brown. E-mail for
special pricing
STENTOR
Model II Cello Outfit.
(British firm with workshop in China).  Hand carved solid spruce top, carved solid maple back, ribs and neck. This is a complete outfit that we set up specially with professional strings, properly cut soundpost, bridge, dressed real ebony fingerboard and ebony pegs.  It comes with a good bow, and good padded black softshell case. An excellent value. $1095
Jay Haide cellos
     
New plain varnished (Jay Haide), and antique varnished - Jay Haide a
l'ancienne - cellos. Very pleasant sounding and beautiful modern cellos in
various sizes.
E-mail for
special pricing
1/16 EASTMAN cello model 100
Nice hand-carved cello with full, responsive sound. High grade strings.  All ebony fittings with Wittner tailpiece with built-in fine tuners. Warm golden-brown.
Outfit price with good K. Holtz bow and well-padded bag is $1480.00
$1295
1/10 EASTMAN cello model 100
Nice hand-carved cello with full, responsive sound. High grade strings.  All ebony fittings with Wittner tailpiece with built-in fine tuners. Warm golden-brown.
Outfit price with good K. Holtz bow and well-padded bag is $1480.00
$1295
1/10 STENTOR
Model II Cello Outfit.
(British firm with workshop in China).  Hand carved solid spruce top, carved solid maple back, ribs and neck. This is a complete outfit that we set up specially with professional strings, properly cut soundpost, bridge, dressed real ebony fingerboard and ebony pegs.  It comes with a good bow, and good padded black softshell case. An excellent value. $1095
1/8 STENTOR
Model II Cello Outfit.
(British firm with workshop in China).  Hand carved solid spruce top, carved solid maple back, ribs and neck. This is a complete outfit that we set up specially with professional strings, properly cut soundpost, bridge, dressed real ebony fingerboard and ebony pegs.  It comes with a good bow, and good padded black softshell case. An excellent value. $1095
1/8 Student model
Cello outfit.  New 2001
#764
Handcarved in Beijing from fine spruce and maple. With good wooden bow and good cello bag. $895
1/4 Andrew Schroetter German cello outfit. (used)
#6005
Fine cello made of good spruce and maple. Good bow and bag. $1800
1/4 EASTMAN cello model 100
Nice hand-carved cello with full, responsive sound. High grade strings.  All ebony fittings with Wittner tailpiece with built-in fine tuners. Warm golden-brown.
Outfit price with good K. Holtz bow and well-padded bag is $1480.00
$1295
1/4 STENTOR
Model II Cello Outfit.
(British firm with workshop in China).  Hand carved solid spruce top, carved solid maple back, ribs and neck. This is a complete outfit that we set up specially with professional strings, properly cut soundpost, bridge, dressed real ebony fingerboard and ebony pegs.  It comes with a good bow, and good padded black softshell case. An excellent value. $1095
1/2 German cello labelled: "Copy of Antonio Stradivari - Munchen c. 1960
#1419
Very fine sound quality. High grade spruce top and fine quality maple back and sides $3500
1/2 STENTOR
Model II Cello Outfit.
(British firm with workshop in China).  Hand carved solid spruce top, carved solid maple back, ribs and neck. This is a complete outfit that we set up specially with professional strings, properly cut soundpost, bridge, dressed real ebony fingerboard and ebony pegs.  It comes with a good bow, and good padded black softshell case. An excellent value. $1095
1/2 KISO Suzuki cello outfit 1973
#402
Well repaired condition. Small 1/2 size. Laminated back and sides with solid spruce top. $595
1/2 cello Made in Czechoslovakia (used)
#739
Laminated top and back. With cello bag. $750
1/2 EASTMAN cello model 100
Nice hand-carved cello with full, responsive sound. High grade strings.  All ebony fittings with Wittner tailpiece with built-in fine tuners. Warm golden-brown.
Outfit price with good K. Holtz bow and well-padded bag is $1480.00
$1295
1/2 Markneukirchen, Germany. cello outfit 1988 (used)
#13/13
Laminated spruce top,  maple back and sides. Ebony fittings.
(Presently rented out)
$1250
3/4 Karl Knilling cello outfit.
#0122
Made in Romania about 1980. Good spruce and maple tone woods $1500
3/4 Wilhelm Eberle, German cello c. 1960
#173
7/8 size neck on 3/4 cello. Laminated top and back. With Brazilwood bow and cello bag. $880
3/4 Karl Weber, Dresden (shop in China) Model 25 cello outfit (used)
#429              
Good sounding solid carved spruce and maple cello. With bow and cello bag. $2500
3/4 Giovanni Basino cello
#1296             SOLD
High grade 3/4 cello. Hand carved solid spruce top; handcarved maple back and sides.  Made for us in Beijing in 2005.   It's a fine sounding and good looking instrument in new condition. (Bow and bag are a separate purchase.)  
3/4 Suzuki Japanese Outfit made in Japan in 1969.   Hand carved solid Spruce top and laminated maple back. $750
3/4 Czechoslovakian Made in Czechoslovakia. Laminated dark red-brown cello outfit. $750
3/4 STENTOR
Model II Cello Outfit.
(British firm with workshop in China).  Hand carved solid spruce top, carved solid maple back, ribs and neck. This is a complete outfit that we set up specially with professional strings, properly cut soundpost, bridge, dressed real ebony fingerboard and ebony pegs.  It comes with a good bow, and good padded black softshell case. An excellent value. $1095
3/4 EASTMAN cello model 100
Nice hand-carved cello with full, responsive sound. High grade strings.  All ebony fittings with Wittner tailpiece with built-in fine tuners. Warm golden-brown.
Outfit price with good K. Holtz bow and well-padded bag is $1480.00
$1295
7/8 Giovani Basino      SOLD
Master model cello
Very fine sound and workmanship. Very fine spruce and maple tone woods. Professionally hand carved in Beijing. $4500
7/8 Giovani Basino 
Artist model cello
#486
Fine sound and very fine workmanship. Made in Beihing, 2000. Fine spruce and maple tone woods. Hand carved in Beijing. $2895
Several German, Czech and Korean student cellos Old and new, in 1/4, 1/2, 3/4,  4/4 sizes and one 1/8 size with case  -- Most with carved spruce tops and carved maple backs, sides, neck and scroll. $850-
$2500

String Basses
Note
: 3/4 size is the standard size for Basses.
We sometimes have 5/8, 7/8 and 4/4 size basses too. Please check by email.
All prices in Canadian Dollars
CURRENCY CONVERSION

Xue Chang Sun
3/4 bass, 2002
#344
Professional 3/4 "Master Artist" model string bass. Antique Brown Oil finish. Handsome curly maple back, sides, neck and scroll, with highgrade tonewood spruce top. Ebony fingerboard. 41.5 inch string length. "D" neck. Violin type corners. Very fine resonant sound. Brass heads. $9500
Henry Riedstra Modern Cremona, Italy model, 3/4 arch back Bass with fine aged European woods. Not available yet
Xue Chang Sun
3/4 bass, 2002        SOLD
#616
Made in Beijing 2002. Professional Master Artist 3/4 bass. High grade fine-seasoned spruce tone wood.   Well-flamed curly maple 2-piece back with matching ribs, neck and scroll. Nice orange-red-brown varnish. Violin type corners. Brass heads. "D" neck. 41.25 inch string length. $7500
Old French-Style bass.
#734
Old 3/4 Bass (French style) A fine quality 3/4 bass, circa 1900. Beautiful reddish-brown on golden ground varnish.  Well-flamed high grade maple back and sides. Lightly flamed maple neck and scroll.   Violin type corners. Ebony fingerboard. 41.5 inch string length. "D" neck. Nice tone. $16000
Peter Chandler
3/4 BASS
This is a well carved bass made of Canadian spruce and Canadian maple with ebony fingerboard. It is a fine example of workmanship since it also has the head of a lion carved in place of the usual scroll. Very intriguing and attractive. $6500
Xue Chang SUN "Artist" fully carved spruce top and well-flamed curley maple back, sides, 3/4 bass. Big resonant sound. $5900
Stentor ARCADIA professional bass 3/4 standard size. Top class wood, varnish and sound. Beautiful.  Very fine condition. $5500
Andreas Eastman basses and outfits
Various models and sizes.
3/4 size or 7/8 size. All carved spruce top and carved maple back, sides neck and scroll. Attractive brown varnish.
Prices on request. Ranging from $3800 to $6500.
$3800 - $6500
Christopher bass    SOLD 1999. Fine carved spruce top and carved maple back, sides, neck and scroll. Adjustable height bridge.  Excellent condition. Good resonant sound and response.  
Xue Chang Sun     SOLD
1/2 size, 2003
#815   
1/2 size professional bass.   Well-carved spruce top and fine carved maple back, sides, neck and scroll.   Orange-brown.  
Peter CHANDLER #66
1/2 - 5/8 size Bass
 
Made in 2004. This is Peter's 174th instrument, his 66th string bass! It has a detachable neck making it easier to transport and easy to put together at your destination. (We have a second one of these basses as well on stock). $4000
Samuel Eastman Bass Outfits.
Various sizes.
3/4 or 7/8 size. Carved Spruce top and laminated maple back and sides, with carved maple neck and scroll. Very fine sound. Nice darker brown varnish.   Well-padded bass bag. $2900
Stentor Model 1850 Bass Outfits New and some used -- Solid carved spruce top and laminated maple back, sides, and neck. Good sound. Includes good Stentor bow and good Stentor bag. Height adjustors are included in the bridge, as are better strings. $2350
Strunal Instruments Manufacturers Laminated   Czech basses from Luby.
These basses sell for $2250+ elsewhere.
$1795
and up
Chinese "ETUDE" 3/4 size basses. Solid carved spruce tops. Nice finish. Laminated maple back and sides. Reasonable price. $1350 -
$1495

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