Amati 5 String Cello
A bit off the core of this board, but I see that the Met Museum has bought the H Amati cello with 5 strings. Has anyone seen such a model copied recently, or otherwise heard gossip about this one? Supposedly Amaryllis Fleming used it to record the 6th Suite of Bach, as originally intended.
I think that if you want a 5 string cello, you will have to commission it.
Or marry someone with deeper pockets than the Metropolitan Museum.
Yes, I could always buy the Museum from its trustees. Just wondering if any of the period instrument gang had instigated a copy or two.
There is a Strad Poster of this cello, a good maker can make one with these plans. https://www.thestradshop.com/store/thestrad/brothers-amati-cello-c-1600-poster/
G Amati cello, really pretty!
A really good Baroque cellist I heard at Heifetz had someone do a very ingenious mod to a 3/4 size Jay Haide by placing some sort of overlay on the neck to allow a wider fingerboard. Couldn't have been nearly as expensive as a commission from scratch. I'll see if I can dig up a video.
In the final section of her book "The Well Tempered Cello," Miranda Wilson discusses acquiring and learning to play a 5-string cello. Wilson is now a professor of cello at the University of Idaho following a professional performing career. She managed to get her university to fund the purchase of a carbon-fiber 5-string instrument tailored to the requirements for her use in in the final movement of a a concert of all 6 of the Bach Cello Suites. She had previously played the 6th Suite on her standard 4-string cello.
There are workshop made 5 string cellos after Amati. So you do not need to commission one to get one.
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