Wood Works–Another Slab Cut Cello Top

A few years ago I ran into a 3/4 cello with unusually strange top wood and now recently I’ve run into another, a 4/4. This is also an old Italian cello, of about the same age, and it works fine. Something interesting about both of these cellos is that while we’re taught to think that slab-sawn wood like this is weak and liable to crack (slabbed maple violin backs certainly do this) the tops on both of these cellos were both in unusually good condition for instruments of their age.

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