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Modern Cello


My ‘modern’ cello is the type of cello that you will encounter when going to see symphony orchestras, or the type of cello most people learn at school. It is the most common type of cello used today. My cello was made circa 1790 and is of Italian origin, although the actual maker is unknown. It is what is known as a ‘cut down’ instrument, meaning that the instrument used to be bigger but someone at some point decided to make it smaller and cut the instrument down to become a smaller instrument. This was quite a common thing and many old instruments, some by very well known makers such as Stradivari, were treated in this way. As my instrument used to be bigger, the ‘f’ holes on the front of the body, and the scroll appear to be proportionally very large compared to the rest of the cello.