GEWA Rome Antique Model Cello
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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, overall wood selection, tolerances for carving the plates, ribs, interior blocks, lining, bass bar, neck projection, and varnish technique. The cello features all ebony fittings and includes a German, Wittner tailpiece. The wood selection is fantastic, the neck and ribs are Bosnian sycamore maple while the top plate is of straight grain German spruce.. 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 heavy sprayed spirit varnish. The red-brown color is beautiful with the final coat on this cello rolled on to give a slight texture to the varnish. The cellos are light in weight and this craftsmanship, care, and quality has existed since the establishment of the Company in 1925 by Georg Walter in Markneukirchen. The company has survived a World War and has continued to strive for excellence in its nearly 100 years.
The Rome Antique sound is rich and powerful. The instrument is slightly brighter compared to the Berlin and Prague models. The response is quick and I am always impressed with the great sound these German cellos put out. This is a definite try if you're looking for a cello that performs well in the $3,800 – $4,400 price range.