This instrument is part of our fourth annual Contemporary American Makers Exhibition.
With a deep red finish and large body, this beautiful cello has a versatile sound with a powerful upper register and a dark low end.
The back is formed from two pieces of quarter-cut maple, marked by medium-narrow flame slanting downward towards the sides. The wood of the ribs is similar to that of the back, with the scroll of less pronounced flame. The two-piece spruce top has medium-width grain with wavy growth rings, narrowing towards the joint. The instrument is covered with a red varnish that has been antiqued by the maker, revealing a dark gold ground beneath. The cello is in new condition.
About the maker:
Joseph Grubaugh & Sigrun Seifert met in Los Angeles in 1977 where they learned restoration and making in the style of Simone F. Sacconi by way of Hans Weisshaar. They made their first joint instrument in 1982 and have since won five gold and four silver medals at VSA International Competitions. They work in Petaluma, California, north of the Golden Gate bridge, where they complement new making with high-end restoration. In 1994 Joseph and Sigrun discovered the ‘Duke of Alcantara’ Strad which had been missing from UCLA for 27 years and were instrumental in the violin’s return.
Length – 74.0 cm
Upper Bouts – 36.0 cm
Middle Bouts – 25.1 cm
Lower Bouts – 44.1 cm
String Length - 68.1 cm
Dark, Bassy, Round, Large Body, Short String Length