The story of this design reminded me Miguel's viola.
Miguel, picture a young gentleman with light coloured hair, is at my workshop in The Hague, at that time I was on Noordeinde: the street of art galleries, antique shops, fine dining and the best coffee in town.
"Dmitry, it does not really matter what size", Miguel says, "I can get used to very large, or very small violas, just one thing, it should not be wider than 196mm in the shoulders."
"OK, Miguel, got ya!", I said.
And I took 196mm as the departure point to establish the dimensions of the rest of the instrument".
"Ex ungue leonem".
Do you remember the legend of a Greek (or Roman?) artist who was able to reconstruct whole animal – the lion – from its claw, following the rules of proportions? Anyway, imagine! Is this not beautiful?
When the instrument was ready, I discovered – to my surprise – the dimensions matched exactly those of the "Stauffer" viola by Antonio and Gerolamo Amati.
It's been a similar story with this cello.
When the design was made, and the client is very happy, and myself feeling in love with cellos even more, I discovered its proportions identical to a small viola by Strad.
Strad certainly knew something about my methods, didn't he?
Anyway, Strad apparently never repeated those proportions in violins or cellos. (What a pity! They work GREAT on all smaller instruments.)
A Badiarov cello.
I guess I will add some more photos.
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