This instrument is part of our fourth annual Contemporary American Makers Exhibition.
This cello has a light brown color and a gorgeous single-piece back. A Form B Stradavarius model, the tone is warm, mellow, and round. With a thinner body and neck, as well as being lightweight, it feels easy to play and is well suited for a finessed style of play.
The back is formed from one piece of quarter-cut poplar, marked by plain flame. The wood of the ribs is similar to that of the back, with the scroll made of maple. The two-piece spruce top has straight and narrow grain, widening at the flanks, with clawing on the upper treble side. The instrument is covered in a brown varnish that has been antiqued to reveal a pale brown ground beneath. The cello is in new condition.
About the maker:
A native of Oxfordshire, England, Andrew Carruthers worked at the Lawrence Berkeley Research Labs in California before deciding to follow his passion for building stringed instruments. Returning to the UK, he studied at the Welsh School of Violin Making and Repair, near Cardiff. After graduating he joined the restoration workshops of Bein and Fushi in Chicago to apprentice under the guidance of master cello restorer, Russell Wagner. In 1996 Carruthers opened his own workshop in Santa Rosa, California, providing restoration services to the violin trade. Regular clients included some of the world’s leading violin dealers. Since 2015 all of his work has been devoted to building new instruments for clients across the US and in Europe.
His particular pleasure in violin making is exploring the tonal possibilities of mixing different woods with different instrument models.
Length – 76.4 cm
Upper Bouts – 33.9 cm
Middle Bouts – 23.7 cm
Lower Bouts – 43.4 cm
String Length - 69.2 cm
Round, Warm, Mellow, Thin Neck, Thin Body