An historic cello masterpiece for sale, made in the year 1717 by Rome’s most celebrated maker, David Tecchler. This cello has a rich golden varnish and a stunning two-piece maple back which still shows the characteristic signs of its early use in church processions. Changing hands most recently in 1951, it was bought by ex-217 squadron navigator William Roskelly, who flew in Bristol Beaufort’s during the 2nd world war. He went on to study with Casals and played in both the LSO and at the Royal Opera House. William Roskelly followed in the cello footsteps of Casals by playing the Tecchler with an open gut A-string, a set up which is seldom used today, and which is demonstrated by Nicolas Cooper in the fascinating short video above. Its low, powerful arching and broad model are particularly sought-after by today’s top cellists for solo playing. Please contact us for price and more information on provenance and certification of authenticity if you are interested to buy a fine Tecchler cello.