In this video the cellist Torleif Thedéen (recently interviewed for Technique) tests a newly made copy of Rostropovich’s cello: a 1783 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini.
The copy is made by the luthier Michael Sturzenhofecker.
’What’s very particular with this model – a copy of a 1783 Guadagnini which was owned by Rostropovich and now owned by Dextra – what is special with this is – I’m not an expert in instruments and how it’s built but it’s really a combination. It’s quite short, which makes it easy to play because of the length of the strings and the left hand, but it’s extremely wide here. This distance, as far as my experience goes, decides very much the bas and the broadness of the sound.’ – Torleif Thedéen