In addition to our student-level instruments, V.A. Hill Fine Strings Ltd. has an extensive collection of fine cellos and double basses for the more discerning player. We encourage you to visit our shop to view and audition them. And, of course, you are welcome to sign them out on approval to show to your teacher or to try them in your own home.
Luis & Clark or Mezzo-Forte Carbon Graphite Cello
Carbon graphite cellos are quickly becoming the choice for many advancing and professional players. We are thrilled with the sound of the Mezzo-Forte carbon graphite cello we currently have in stock.
Maciej Lacek Cello, 2011
This beautiful cello was made in 2011 by Maciej Lacek in Nowy Targ, Poland. Even though this instrument is new, it has a warm, deep and rich tone with superb projection. This cello has a slender neck making it very easy to play. It would suit an advanced student or a young professional. Lacek's craftsmanship is becoming more and more popular all over the world and is being critically acclaimed by players and collectors alike. His instruments are played in many of the larger orchestras all across Europe.
Johann Christian Ficker Cello, circa the late 1700s (SOLD)
This cello is suited to an advanced or professional player of smaller stature. It is a 7/8 cello or, as referred to in the era in which it was made, a lady's cello. It is in very good playing condition, with a neck graft and all prior "history" professionally repaired. Both soundpost areas, front and back, are undamaged. This cello has a warm, resonant sound, balanced across all strings. It is accompanied by a custom-fitted Hiscox flight case.
Double Basses for Sale
V.A. Hill Fine Strings Ltd. has Calgary's preeminent double bass luthier on staff and specializes in the set-up, repair, and maintenance of double basses. We also have an ever-changing supply of good and finer quality double basses for sale.
Hand-Carved Solid Asian Double Bass, circa 2004 (SOLD)
This solid, professional-level Asian double bass has been hand-carved using better quality materials and workmanship. Having been in Calgary for at least 8 years, it is well acclimatized to our dry prairie conditions.
This double bass has performed on several professional recordings. Most recently it has been played by a member of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta on their first-ever Calgary tour.