This illustration of a 1706 cello by David Tecchler (c.1666 – c.1747) was published on the front cover of The Strad, July 1986. The photograph was reproduced courtesy of dealer/restorer Bein and Fushi of Chicago.
German-born Tecchler arrived in Rome in his late 20s and is considered the premier maker of the Roman school. Over 30 years he produced a substantial number of fine instruments. Among his influences were Jacob Stainer and the Cremonese and Venetian schools. His cellos are particularly prized to this day.
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