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Wheatley Cello Dublin c.1820 Restoration

  1. A rare Irish 19th century Cello. This instrument was made in middle Abbey street Dublin sometime between 1820 and 1825 by John Wheatley. It was extremely well made, Unfortunatly two centuries of use has taken its tole on the instrument and it has been opened and repaired at least 2 if not 3 times, before now. Some of the repairs were quite clearly carried out professionally, such as the fitting of its modern Bass bar.

Unfortunately Some of the other repair work, particularly the rib cracks, were rather crudely executed with big chunks of Spruce being glued to the inside to reinforce the cracks, and/or little squares of Maple badly fitted here there and every where. As can be seen here.image

The front of the Instrument is in considerably good condition, given its age, with no major cracks at all really. Apart from the expected wear from sound post adjustment the Spruce top had this one major fault close to the top left corner.

I would hazard a guess that the last time the front of the instrument was removed, Due to carelessness this strip was ripped out remaining stuck to the C bout ribs. Subsequently It is most likely to have been lost by the time it came to glueing the front back on.

I measured the remaining thickness in this groove and it read as :The thickness of the varnish plus only 0.7 of a milameter of remaining Spruce! With very little effort one could have pushed one’s finger easily through the front of the Cello in that particular spot. Luckily that never happened and I have replaced the torn out missing piece.image

Replacing some other badly fitted crack cleats and a little doubling of the edges.

Makers centre Studs Original Makers studs on the back centre joint.

Restorations

John Wheatley Dublin c.1820
A rare Irish 19th century Cello. This instrument was made in middle Abbey street Dublin sometime between 1820 and 1825 by John Wheatley. It was extremely well made, Unfortunatly two centuries of use has taken its tole on the instrument and it has been opened and repaired at least 2 if not 3 times, before now. Some of the repairs were quite clearly carried out professionally, such as the fitting of its modern Bass bar.

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  2. Fine tuners fitted
  3. Geared pegs fitted
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