This instrument is part of our fourth annual Contemporary American Makers Exhibition.
This 2013 Rufino cello has a golden red color and is very comfortable to play. In addition to its sweet and dark tone, it also has a lot of resonance and projects very well. With a powerful low end, this is a quality instrument for any professional level player.
The back is formed from two pieces of quarter-cut maple, marked by medium-narrow flame slanting slightly downward towards the flanks on the lower half, with a small knot on the lower bass side. The wood of the ribs and scroll are similar to that of the back. The two-piece spruce top has straight and narrow grain, widening toward the flanks. The instrument is covered in a golden red-orange varnish with a gold ground underneath. The cello is in new condition.
About the maker:
Charles Rufino, born in New York in 1952, has been immersed in the art of the violin since 1974. His apprenticeship at the Newark School of Violin Making in England included periods of study at the great London workshops of J&A Beare, and W.E. Hill & Sons.
He returned to New York in 1977 for further training in violin making and restoration under V.Y. "Nigo" Nigogosian. In 1980 he traveled to Chicago to begin a four year association with Carl Becker & Son of Chicago, personally assisting Mr. Becker in the creation of a number of Becker instruments.
In 1984 Charles Rufino opened his own studio in New York making violins, violas, and cellos, and working actively with leading musicians. Today his instruments are played in orchestras across the United States, from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to the Santa Barbara Symphony. You can learn more by visiting the website dedicated to his work: www.rufinoviolins.com
His extensive studies of traditional violin making and related cultural topics have given him a unique perspective and Mr. Rufino is an active teacher, lecturer and consultant. In 1986 he helped Nigo Nigogosian establish the now world-famous Oberlin Restoration Workshop and was the staff lecturer. Charles Rufino has delighted audiences for years with his witty and enlightening illustrated lectures, including his Art and Lore of the Violin, a journey through time and cultural history. One of his more recent projects was an invitation by the Yamaha Corporation to assist in the design and development of a new violin.
Charles Rufino has a strong commitment to education. In 1995 he established The Long Island Violin Shop to share his expertise with string teachers and their students. He is a longtime member or the String Industry Council of the American String Teachers Association.
Charles Rufino was elected to full membership in the American Federation of Violin Makers in 1989 and the International Society of Violin and Bow Makers in 1994, among numerous other professional affiliations. Mr. Rufino is a longtime resident of Huntington, New York, where he lives with his wife and daughter. He enjoys playing the viola in a community orchestra so that, like Bach, he can be "in the middle of the harmony."
Length – 76.3 cm
Upper Bouts – 34.2 cm
Middle Bouts – 23.7 cm
Lower Bouts – 43.8 cm
String Length - 69.2 cm
Smooth, Sweet, Dark