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    Testore cello scroll + sound

    A few days ago I had this cello in the shop.  The scroll is a beautiful and simple example of Testore's work.  Carlo Antonio Testore was a maker that worked often with woods of second choice, and in a svelte manner, yet his instruments are sought after for their rich tone.  I am working now on a small cello, Brothers Amati pattern, with a poplar back and walnut scroll.  Testore made several cellos using poplar for the back and I found interesting to look at how the arching had changed over the years on this instrument, poplar is softer then maple and thickness graduation has to be adjusted for this difference in density and elasticity (strength).


    Anne Gastinel plays on a Carlo Antonio Testore. 

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