3 beautiful examples of large cellos with a large sound!

Not all cellos are created equal, especially when it comes to size. In this feature, we dive into the world of large cellos, their unique characteristics, and the majestic resonance that makes them stand out!

The size and shape of a cello significantly contribute to its overall sound, affecting its tone colour, volume, and resonance. Here's an breif look at how these factors interplay.

1. Resonance and Volume

Firstly, a cello's resonance and volume are primarily influenced by the size of its body. Larger cellos typically have a larger resonating cavity, which can produce a greater volume of sound. This is because the larger body allows for more air to vibrate within the instrument, resulting in a louder and more resonant sound. This is why larger models like the Montagnana and Gofriller are renowned for their powerful, voluminous tones.

2. Tone Quality and Timbre

Secondly, the shape and size of a cello can greatly influence its tone quality, or timbre. The sound of a cello is produced by the vibrations of the strings, which are amplified by the body of the instrument. The unique characteristics of these vibrations are shaped by the cello's body, influencing the overall tone of the instrument.

In the case of larger cellos, their wider bodies can often produce a broader spectrum of overtones, leading to a richer and more complex sound. Furthermore, because of their expanded lower bouts, these instruments are often especially resonant in the lower register, resulting in a deep, warm tone.

3. Projection

Thirdly, the size of a cello can affect its projection - the ability of its sound to carry across a room or concert hall. Larger cellos often have better projection due to their increased volume and resonance. This means their sound can be heard more clearly and powerfully, even at a distance.

Cello by Francesco Toto, 2017

Cello by Francesco Toto, 2017
£ 75,000 GBP

Ever since we played on Francesco Toto's instruments in his Cremona workshop back in 2018, we have been trying to have one of his phenomenal cellos at our London showroom. This is one of the rare instruments that in our opinion, score very highly across a wide variety of categories: the craftsmanship is some of the finest we have ever seen. The varnish has a rich golden colour and an incredible depth that brings out the tasteful and refined choice of wood. Extreme attention was paid to the setup, resulting in an instrument that is very easy to play. The sound is in one word, outstanding. It was a warm, expansive and rich tone that fills a hall and a response across the instrument like no other cello we have tried. Truly, a cello to be seen and heard in person.


Francesco Toto

Cello by Francesco Toto, 2017
"I strive to create unique instruments, letting my work be guided by a search for beauty and elegant, clean-cut lines that give each one a powerful voice all of its own."


Bronze Medal in the Cello section in the International Competition in Mittenwald – 2001
Silver Medal in the 5th International Competition in Mittenwald – 2005
Gold Medal and 1st place overall in the Cello section in the 11th International Triennial Competition of String Instruments in Cremona – 2006
Gold Medal from the “Walter Stauffer” Musicology Centre for the instrument deemed most praiseworthy overall in acoustic terms in the 11th International Triennial Competition of String Instruments in Cremona – 2006

Cello by Luiz Amorim, 2019

Matteo Gofriller 1701
Cello by Luiz Amorim, 2019
£ 57,000 GBP

Luiz Amorim is a Brazilian maker based in Cremona with an impressive reputation roster of clients. He is particularly known for his cellos and has made instruments for well known players such as Daniel Muller-Schott and Antonio Meneses, to name a few. We are very pleased to have this Gofriller model cello in our showroom. The sound is powerful, with lots of overtones and it has a particularly impressive A string.


Luiz Amorim

Cello by Luiz Amorim, 2019

Luiz, born in 1964 in the Brazilian city of Curitiba, embarked on his academic journey studying Mechanics, with a specific focus on technical drawing and projects. His love for the arts saw him graduating in 1985 from the State School of Music and Fine Arts with a Bachelor's degree, majoring in Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture.

For a decade, Luiz honed his craft as a professional artist. His desire to create and restore beautiful works took a new path in 2001, when he launched his own workshop. Here, alongside his talented team, Luiz has been creating and restoring violins, earning worldwide recognition for their exceptional work.

Building upon his successful career, Luiz, in 2018, alongside his associates, unveiled the latest expansion of his workshop – a new headquarters located in Cremona. His journey from a passionate art student to a globally respected artist and violin maker is a testament to his dedication and artistic prowess.

About the Author

Pedro Silva is a cellist and one of the co-founders of Myluthier.co. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2018 with a Master of Arts in cello performance, studying with Guy Johnston. He enjoys an varied freelance career as an orchestral, chamber musician and frequently collaborates with Early Music ensembles and West End productions.

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