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Rare Giovanni Battista Grancino Cello - 1716 - Fine Italian cello


Dimensions are as follows:

  • Length of body: 74 cm / 29 1/8"
  • Upper Bout: 34 cm / 13 3/8"
  • Center Bout: 23.5 cm / 9 1/4"
  • Lower Bout: 43.5 cm / 17 1/8"

This fine Grancino cello is over three hundred years old, and is in quite extraordinarily fresh condition. Smooth and complex character that is even and easy to play. 

The materials - maple for the back and ribs, wide-grained spruce for the table - the varnish, the soundholes and the scroll are all unmistakably Grancino. The Milanese varnish is well preserved. It has original wings in the upper bouts of the front. On the back plate there is a single knot-hole repaired by the maker underneath the varnish. The cello appears to have been re-sized, with doubling visible along the edges. The purfling is neatly inlaid. The soundholes are Stradivarian in concept, but their design is personalized and unique.

Tonally it is outstanding every note is a discovery. Plays with such ease and grace you are compelled to just see what the next note can become. A players cello.  
Originally, setup with gut strings, it has since been recorded with Passiones A and D with Magnacore G and Spirocore C, and it opened up into a lush, full voice with outstanding projection.

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Additional Information:
Label: "Giovanni Grancino in Contrada / Largha di Milano al segno / della Corona 16**"; dated by hand "1716"
Back: Two-piece of light curl
Ribs: of wood similar to back
Scroll: of light curl
Front: of fine to medium grain, with wings on the flanks
Varnish: Orange yellow brown
Body Length: 74 cm / 29 1/8"
Upper Bout: 34 cm / 13 3/8"
Center Bout: 23.5 cm / 9 1/4"
Lower Bout: 43.5 cm / 17 1/8"

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