C3569 – Cello after Antonio Stradivari 1712 ‘Davidov’ by Steffen Nowak Bristol 2019
A new ‘modern’ set up cello after the golden period Forma B by A.Stradivari – and inspired by the 1712 ex Davidov (Jaqueline du Pré – Yo-Yo Ma).
The model fulfills most players idea of a full-size cello – 756 mm length over the back, a belly stop of 400 mm and a free string length of 690 mm. The proportion of this cello makes it comfortable to play in all positions. The tonal range and response are excellent, and this makes it a ‘player’s instrument’. With well-seasoned wood used throughout, the deeply flamed Bosnian maple back and ribs are complimented by an Italian Alpine spruce front with excellent weight to stiffness ratio. The lightly shaded oil varnish is a rich warm orange red brown
German born Steffen Nowak studied at the “Welsh School of Violin Making” and is a professional Violin, Viola and Cello maker based in Bristol since 1986. He mainly makes instruments based on models by the classical makers of Cremona which are available in modern, classical and baroque set ups.
Being a keen violinist himself, Steffen places great emphasis on sound, projection and set up as well as the long term development. His instruments are carefully made to the highest standards of craftsmanship and a fine oil varnish of his own composition enhances the natural beauty of the traditional materials.
Sound: Big broad open sound with a singing ‘A’ string.
Certificate by: Steffen Nowak