Violoncello by Anton Posch

Vienna, ca. 1700

Catalog 62. Violoncello – Anton Posch – Wien, ca. 1700


It is very rare to encounter a violoncello in the original dimensions. With a back of 81.1 cm, this violoncello is the largest in the collection, possibly the largest of all! As mentioned before, most large celli were cut down to the standard length of 75 cm. A fifth low string was added to the instrument, a GG or FF string (see the description in Praetorius, Syntagma Musicum, 1619), which allows the occasional playing of the 16’ range.


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Body length 811 mm
Upper width
357 mm
Middle width 227 mm
Lower width 450 mm
Rib height 132 mm
String length 735 mm