My ‘baroque’ cello was made in 1750 in Paris by Augustin Chappuy: a very well known and respected maker. Like most old instruments, at some point in its life it was converted to a ‘modern’ setup, which means the neck was replaced to one angled further back from the body to increase the tension on the instrument and in turn help produce a louder sound needed for the increasing sized concert halls. The bass bar, a piece of wood attached to the inside of the front of the body, would have also been replaced to help increase the instruments volume. A new longer fingerboard would have been put on, as well as a new tailpiece to cope better with the steel strings that were increasingly used.
When I got the instrument I got it ‘re-converted’ back to the set up it would have had when it was made, which meant having the neck, bass bar, tailpiece, fingerboard and bridge replaced to how they would have been before the conversion took place. The spike was also removed in the re-conversion as in 1750 spikes were not commonly used, and the strings were replaced from steel to ones made of gut. I use this instrument for music performed in the baroque period, by composers such as Bach and Vivaldi.