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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
#4/4-2400
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
#4/4-785
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
Andrea CASTELLANI 2005 This fine Italian cello maker was born in 1968 in Cervio, Italy and graduated from the professional School of Violin Making in Cremona, Italy 1993. The cello has golden oil varnish, the best quality of woods and workmanship, and produces an excellent full, responsive, big professional tone. A Certificate of Authenticity (with photos) from the maker accompanies the instrument. $28,500
Paolo Fanfani, Piacenza, Italy (Close to Cremona) 2016 This extremely fine-sounding and attractive Professional cello was made to the same design as the "Piatti Stradivari" cello from Stradivari's best period. It has a beautiful original-style oil varnish. Fanfani is a respected, long-time graduate of the violin-making school in Cremona. $22.000
August KRISTALL of Estonia, made in 1911
#4/4-2344
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. $16,500
Old German cello
made c. 1825
#CER
Old cello set up in modern style. (It could be changed to original baroque style with baroque fingerboard and bridge for an extra fee.) The refurbished varnish is a dark brown on a golden ground, and restored in 1954 in the USA. Excellent playing condition. Nice sound. $10,000
Bindernagel shop cello c.1800 Gotha. This is an old German cello from the Bindernagel shop as indicated on its label. Nice old sound, medium power. Comfortable fit and lightweight. $8000
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
Giovani Basino.
#4/4-543
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. $4500
Paul Federer, Waterloo, Ontario. 1987. 39-I"     SOLD
 #4/4-CCE
Excellent condition. Full, easy response. Medium-brown varnish. Fine
quality spruce and maple with very good workmanship.
$6900
Andreas Eastman model 906
2010 #4/4-2106
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 2012
Model 7
#4/4-2741
This is fine copy of a cello made by Joseph Guarnerius filius Andreas in the early 1700's. Serial #108298. Beautiful, fully carved spruce and maple selected for prominant sound with full tone that projects well. $5995
Bela von Kabay Shop, Made in Hungary, c1974"
#4/4-2533
Good Hungarian cello made of fine tone woods - spruce and maple. Was
played professionally in Europe.
$5500
Vasile Gliga 2008 new Master cello.               SOLD
Ser.#A9033
#4/4-2305
Made by the master makers in the Gliga shop in Reghin, Romania. Excellent wood and workmanship. Easy and quick response with a big tone. Comes with certificate of Authenticity with photos, signed by the maker.  
Richard Ski 2016
Made in Beijin
A very fine-sounding and beautiful copy of Yo Yo Ma's "Davidoff Stradivari" cello. $9800
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
Concetto Bonani, Beijing 2007"
#4/4-CMBN10-1531   SOLD
Well-made cello with fine spruce and maple. Good gutsy sound.  
Giovanni Basino, Beijing, 2001
#4/4-543
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. $4500
Andreas EASTMAN cello model 905         SOLD 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
Julio Roche, 2012, Model 10
#4/4-2452         SOLD
Fine dark orange on a golden ground antiqued varnish. Impressive tone. Excellent workmanship. $4000
Giovani Basino, 2001, Beijing. #4/4-433 Master level cello, an "Antonio Stradivari 1712 model." It is made of top level spruce and maple tone-woods, by professional luthiers trained in the Italian Cremonese style of cello making, to develop a powerful, resonant tone. $4000
Made in Hungary" 2009.
#4/4-2065.       SOLD
 
Good hand-carved cello made of European tone woods. Medium-brown varnish.
Responds well with very good toner.
$3600
Wendolin Jenkins
#4/4-1925        SOLD
Description: Good cello made in a professional shop. Quick easy response. Very fine spruce and maple tone wood. Very pleasant sound. $3200
Calin Wultur Shop Romania 2011
#4/4-2797
Fine copy of the "Ex-Duport Antonio Stradivari" cello. High quality spruce
and maple. Excellent workmanship. Fine resonant sound with good projection.
$3500
Andreas EASTMAN cello model 605       SOLD 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
Karl Hofner 1968, Bubenreuth, Germany.
#CJD814.
Fine German cello in very good condition. Well-carved maple back, sides
and neck. Fine quality carved spruce top. Resonant and responsive big
tone.
$4500
German cello "G.J. Carsettinius 1962" #4/4-2862         SOLD Fine condition cello, with that older sound we often get asked about.  
Vasile Gliga Shop, Romania
Serial #B4351, 4/4-2504
Fine workmanship with warm, pleasant sound. Well-carved spruce top and well-flamed curly maple back, sides and neck. Dark red varnish. $2800
Andreas EASTMAN cello model 405
#4/4-2780
Very fine, full responsive sound. Hand-carved of select spruce and fine
flamed maple. Hand-rubbed oil varnish in attractive antique finish. Set up
with professional strings as most of our cellos are.
$3400
Andreas EASTMAN cello model 305   SOLD 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
Stentor Conservatoire, anno 2000.
#CHW714. #4/4-474.
Select tone woods were used to make this cello. $1895
EURO, Made in Romania 2003, model 291, Serial #89176,
#4/4-2439
Full tone good student cello made of good spruce and maple. $2275. $2275
Xue Chang SUN
#CJBD12
Domenico Montagnana of Venice" model. Medium orange-brown on a golden
ground. Good sound with a little bit of edge for concertizing.
$2895
Samuel EASTMAN cello OUTFIT 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. This includes a well-padded cello bag and strong bow with good horsehair. E-mail for
special pricing
Samuel EASTMAN cello OUTFIT model 200 Fine, rich, responsive sound. Higher quality materials, wood, and even finer workmanship than the 100 model. Professional setup. Warm golden-brown. A good wooden bow and well-padded bag are included. Fine professional strings are on this cello. E-mail for
special pricing
STENTOR
Model I1 Cello Outfit.
   SOLD
Made of real spruce and maple, this is a good beginning cello outfit, including a cello bow and black bag. $1295
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. $1295
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
Jay Haide cello, 2011
#2493        SOLD
     
This is the attractive Antique ("a l'ancienne") Domenico Montagnana of Venice Italy model. It has both good appearance and fine sound characteristics. E-mail for
special pricing
Karl Hofner, 1988, Bubenreuth, Germany.
#4/4-2627
A fully-laminated (spruce and maple) cello with about 95% varnish intact. Also labelled "Salvadore de Durro, B&J NY. Has good Jargar strings. $895
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. $2200
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 size Old German cello Fine old brown 1/2 size German cello. Great tone $6500
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)      SOLD
#429              
Good sounding solid carved spruce and maple cello. With bow and cello bag. $2500
3/4 Giovanni Basino cello
#1297            
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. $2000
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        SOLD
#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
Cello chair by "Adjustrite USA."
PHOTO        SOLD
Cello chair by "Adjustrite USA." FULLY adjustable in height folding cello. - player chair. Set at medium notch of 7 settings in the picture. The chair that matches your exact height at ages 6 - adult.
Regular $349 Canadian. Our price $299.
$299

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
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Calin Wultur, Romania
#3/4 - 2807 Elite model 7
A Vincenso Panormo of England Elite model 7 bass. It is fully carved of Spruce and Flamed maple of the finest selected tonewoods, and made by the best master makers in the Calin Wultur Shop. $10500
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
Sale $6900
 
Calin Wultur, Romania
#3/4 - 2806 Elite model 6
A Vincenzo Panormo of England Elite model bass. Excellent fully-carved spruce and curly maple specially selected tone wood. The Elite model is made only by the their master makers. $9500
Calin Wultur, Romania
#3/4 - 2805 Elite model 5
A Tomasso Carcassi of Italy Elite model bass. Very fine fully-carved spruce and curly maple. The Elite model is made only by the their master makers. $8600
Henry Riedstra Modern Cremona, Italy model, 3/4 arch back Bass with fine aged European woods. Not available yet
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
#596        SOLD
"Artist" fully carved spruce top and well-flamed curley maple back, sides, 3/4 bass. Big resonant sound.  
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
Peter CHANDLER
#66/174 1/2 - size #CSC1

 
A 1/2 size Bass made in 2004. This is his 174th instrument, and his 66th string bass! It has a detachable neck making it easier to transport a long distance, and easy to put together at your destination. $3200
Peter CHANDLER
5/8 size Bass #63/168 - CSC2
 
5/8 size travel bass with removable neck option. Fully-carved spruce and
maple.
$3200
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
Stentor II, 2005
2/4 size #1235-SCS
A used bass with Carved spruce top, curly maple laminated back and sides, ebony fingerboard, bridge adjusters and a electric pickup. Good tones. $2180
Eastman 1/2 size bass, 2008
#1/2 - 1790
Fine laminated Eastman 1/2 size bass, model 85. $2100
Eastman 1/2 size bass, 2008
#1/2 - 1794
Fine laminated Eastman 1/2 size bass, model 85. $2100
Strunal Instruments Manufacturers Laminated   Czech basses from Luby.
These basses sell for $2250+ elsewhere.
$1795
and up
Made in Czechoslovakia  SOLD
#3/4 - 2522
An old laminated golden-brown bass with worn varnish, ebony fingerboard. Good full tone. $1600
(in Stratford)
Chinese "ETUDE" 3/4 size basses. Solid carved spruce tops. Nice finish. Laminated maple back and sides. Reasonable price. $1350 -
$1495
Old German 3/4 bass An old laminated German bass, playable, but rustic appearance. $1200
The Original Grunert Bass  SOLD
#3/4 - 3056
A dark-brown German old laminated bass. $1200
(in Stratford)

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