Johannes Rubner Cello
GEWA Rubner cellos are entirely hand-made in the GEWA master workshop by the head of the Rubner shop Marko Ackert. The Rubner name goes back even to the early 1920’s as an instrument making company producing both high quality cellos and basses. They were a private family owned company up until 1942. After WWII the Rubner business was taken over by the East German overnment. The instruments from that time up to now were merely pressed into shape and the quality was lost. These cellos are conceptually a revival of what the Rubner instruments were well known for in early Markneukirchen. The specs on the cello are not identical to the 1949-2000 East German instruments. The plate thickness, slightly deeper ribs and strong arching have been changed to improve the sound. The tonewood for the Rubner line is hand selected within the already sorted pile of the best grade wood. The set up is completed here at J.R. Judd Violins where we use a 200 year-old maple Despiau Grade B bridge blank, all hand cut and all ebony fittings. The instruments are hand varnished, 100% hand rubbed and hand polished in the GEWA shop. These cellos are available in a dark or light varnish.
The sound is striking, it has real character and is mature. It is deep, rich, and resonant with excellent response. I noticed the cello responds in lower positions as well in higher positions even on the G and C strings. The sound is attractive with a touch of growl; in short is has some guts and loads of sustain. This is a genuine concert instrument perfect for the strong player who is looking to unleash sound.