GEWA Berlin Antique Concert Series 4/4 Cello – SOLD 6/3/2020
This is one of GEWA’s signature cellos made in the Adorf workshop under the direction of master cello maker Marko Ackert. Marko is credited with the cellos design, over all wood selection, tolerances for the carving the plates, ribs, interior blocks , lining, bass bar, neck projection and varnish technique. The cello features all ebony fittings and includes a Germa, Wittner tailpiece. Great care is put into the wood selection at GEWA which consists of German spruce and the back, neck, and ribs are Bosnian sycamore maple. This instrument is hand varnished and hand rubbed to give it an antiqued look. GEWA uses a highly flexible varnish all done by brush which allows the instruments to pump and speak better than an instrument with a sprayed-on spirit varnish and then overcoated with a final sprayed-on clear coat. The cellos are lightweight and the German craftsmanship is evident. This kind of care and quality has existed since the establishment of the company in 1925 by Georg Walter in Markneukirchen, Germany. The company has survived a World War and has continued to strive for excellence in its nearly 100 years.
The Berlin sound is fully pleasant and very rich in the treble and the bass. The cello response is fast and the tone on the D and A strings carry even in the higher positions. German instrument, great sound with a full and mature voice. This is a definite try if you're looking for a cello that performs well in the $3,500 – $4,000 price range.