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Ruggieri Cello 2017 “Leatherback”

Year: 2017

Back: Romanian poplar
Top: Italian Spruce
Neck: Maple


Antiqued oil varnish


Body length: 736
Bouts: 357, 244, 441
String length: 690
Stop: 400


The back for this cello is a gnarly piece of poplar from Romania, it worked differently from other poplar that I have used, in particular it didn’t scrape to a smooth surface, instead the grain was emphasized as a series of ridges. This, along with the varnish makes me think of some sort of alligator or leatherback turtle. I never thought that I would end up naming my instruments….

The sound is very robust; clear and warm.