A rare Helmut Illner V cello of beautifully flamed, well-aged Bosnian maple and Bavarian mountain spruce. Made in 2004, just before Helmut Illner's retirement, the V level was the top of his Stradivari pattern instruments.
Nicely balanced, strong European sound. Very rich tonal quality, neither bright nor dark. Lots of color top to bottom. A stable, well-played-in German instrument with high quality, properly aged tonewoods.
Helmut Illner was one of the most well-known and influential luthiers at Erlanger, Germany. He had an excellent reputation for passion and professional knowledge in hand crafting strings instruments.
The ”Manchester International Cello Festival”, organized by The Royal Northern College in Manchester, is hailed as Europe’s most authoritative Violin Maker Competition. Helmut defeated more than thirty competitors from different countries and won the “Best of Sound” Award in 1992. The following year, Helmut submitted another cello to participate in the same competition. Once again, he won the Best Cello Tone Award. Helmut is the first luthier who won twice in same competition.
Helmut Illner strings instruments are hand crafted and hand-varnished. Each instrument has an even, fine and well-balanced tonal quality. The Bass has an extraordinary balanced sound, the higher registers clear and bright. His instruments respond easily and are very playable.
All cellos are setup or adjusted by Linda and played before shipped, guaranteed.
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