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Nicolò Amati - Cremona, 1642, the "Willeke"

Nicolò Amati (1596-1684) was an Italian luthier from Cremona, Italy, and one of the most important figures in the tradition of instrument making.  A series of well known instrument makers have all studied and emulated his styles and methods, including Guarneri, Stradivari, Battista, and Gennaro.

This instrument is on loan from The Juilliard School.


Grubaugh & Seifert - "Montagnana" model, 2013

Joseph Grubaugh and Sigrun Seifert are husband and wife instrument makers based in Petaluma, California. They make several violins and violas a year but only one cello. The instruments are based on different models year to year, so they all sound very different and have different personalities. This 2013 “montagnana” model is bigger than a normal size cello. It has a deeper sound than a lot of modern cellos, yet the sound still penetrates in the higher register. 

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