This instrument is part of our fifth annual Contemporary American Makers Exhibition, 2022
This wonderful cello by William Scott has a full, warm sound and is very responsive. It is well balanced across all four strings, projecting well with a rich bass.
The back is formed from one piece of slab Italian red willow, marked by a scattered bird’s eye figure throughout. The wood of the ribs is similar to that of the back, with the scroll made of medium narrow flamed maple. The two-piece spruce top has straight and narrow grain, widened at the flanks, with light clawing throughout. The instrument is covered with a red brown varnish that has been lightly antiqued by the maker, revealing a pale brown ground beneath. The cello is in new condition.
About the maker:
William (Bill) Robert Scott, with over 40 years of violinmaking experience, resides and works a few miles west of downtown Minneapolis. Bill earned recognition for quality work at international competitions over three decades. His awards include 3 Gold Medals, 5 Silver Medals for tone and workmanship, and numerous Certificates of Merit (1982-2006) at VSA Competitions. Early years were self-taught with inspiration and guidance from colleagues. Formal training was gained with an apprenticeship at Hans Weisshaar, Inc. in Los Angeles, (mid 1980s) and years of participation since 1997 at the Oberlin Violin Making and Acoustic Workshops. Bill Scott is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and a board member of the Oberlin Violin Making Foundation.
Length – 75.0 cm
Upper Bouts – 35.9 cm
Middle Bouts – 25.1 cm
Lower Bouts – 44.8 cm
String Length- 68.5
Rich, Warm, Responsive, Full