It may not be the finest cello, but for the princely sum £20 and a fifteen minute walk to collect, I think we can safely call that a bargain. And you know what, I think it’s perfectly lovely.
Thankfully, the strings had tension, and the sound-post was still in place. I first removed the spike and restored the chrome plating, then moved on to the body. It received a pretty thorough cleaning to remove as much grime as possible without doing anything to risk damaging the delicate satin finish. There were also a number of scratches, all of which I was able to subdue and hide quite effectively:
The large majority of scratches were on the front of the body and primarily around the bridge:
Next-up was bringing the cello up to concert pitch and setting the intonation at the bridge. Once done, I marked the bridge position and then went about removing the strings. That was my chance to swap-out the clunky original tailpiece with a much lighter and considerably more refined Wittner unit.
Add a nice semi-rigid case and a new carbon fibre, bow and I think we’re ready to rosin-up!