This instrument is part of our fifth annual Contemporary American Makers Exhibition, 2022
This cello by Stephen Lohmann features a gorgeous one-piece back with a flame that really strikes the eye. The sound is clear, punchy, and loud with responsive playability.
The back is formed from one piece of slab-cut maple, marked by medium-narrow flame slanting slightly downward toward the bass. The wood of the ribs and scroll is similar to that of the back, with the scroll grafted onto a neck made from a piece of more plain maple. The two-piece spruce top has straight and narrow grain, widening toward the flanks. The instrument is covered in a golden orange varnish that has been lightly antiqued by the maker, revealing a pale brown finish beneath. The cello is in new condition.
About the maker
Stephen Lohmann's introduction to violin-making came forty years ago, in Cremona, Italy. There he enrolled at the International School for Violinmaking, but also benefited from mentoring provided by his friend and colleague, Francis Kuttner. After three years in Cremona he returned to San Francisco to work at Frank Passa’s violin shop. He has subsequently worked at the shops of Boyd Poulsen and Carl Applebaum in San Mateo, CA., and Olympia WA.,respectively. Since 1992 he has been in the Sacramento area, working independently as a maker and repairer.
Lohmann's instruments are fashioned in the Italian manner, a process he began to learn so many years ago, and continues to deepen his understanding of to this day. He considers it a privilege do be able to do this work, and to come into contact with many outstanding people, musicians and luthiers alike
Length – 74.7 cm
Upper Bouts – 34.9 cm
Middle Bouts – 24.0 cm
Lower Bouts – 43.8 cm
String Length – 69.2 cm
Punchy, Clear, Responsive