View of the back of the pegbox showing a compass point at the center of the chin used by the maker to mark out the outline of the chin. The cutout at the back of the pegbox was likely put there prior to 1816 by the first recorded owner, the maker Antonio Merighi. Not an uncommon alteration, the cutout was intended to make the stringing of the instrument easier as the strings in use at that time were quite thick and cumbersome.
View of the volute from the top showing several compass points on the center line used by the maker to mark out the dimensions. Many consider Stradivari’s scrolls to be masterpieces of carving without equal in the history of classical Lutherie.
The original label of 1707 with the final three printed digits in Stradivari’s hand still clearly legible.
One very important aspect of the “forma B” Stradivari cellos is their especially tall ribs. At about 125 mm, these ribs are integral to the cellos deep and sonorous tonal qualities.
The upper treble corner of the back showing the maker’s particular skill at joining the purfling in an elegant mitre.
Stradivari’s elegant arching and glorious varnish are attributes no other classical maker matched in their cellos.