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A cello by Benjamin Banks

Salisbury, 1784

One of the most influential English violin maker personalities of his time, Benjamin Banks’ work dates from 1760 onwards, his style already fully developed. His cellos are particularly sought after and are usually of very fine quality. This instrument was built on his personal model, inspired by A... read more

A cello by Benjamin Banks

Salisbury, 1784

One of the most influential English violin maker personalities of his time, Benjamin Banks’ work dates from 1760 onwards, his style already fully developed. His cellos are particularly sought after and are usually of very fine quality. This instrument was built on his personal model, inspired by Amati, which influenced Thomas Kennedy some decades later. We also know of cellos by Banks which were modelled after Stainer and even Stradivari. The varnish on this instrument is of a beautiful rich red colour and is plentifully preserved. The tone of the cello is rich, with a strong bass and a colourful upper register, certainly suitable for the requirements of a modern musician.
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