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Inokuchi Atelier Cello, 2018

Inokuchi Atelier Cello, 2018 | F2 S5303

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Item# F2 S5303

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About This Item

A sonorous and balanced cello, easy to play, with a clear and responsive tone. The back is of two pieces of quarter sawn maple, with narrow, well-defined flaming descending from the center joint. The top is of medium to widely-spaced and straight grained spruce. The delicately shaded varnish is of dark reddish-brown color over a golden-yellow ground, the signature Inokuchi look.

The Atelier Inokuchi Story
Inokuchi & Son have been hand crafting violins, violas and cellos in Toronto for over 40 years. The Inokuchi shop currently consists of master luthier Masa Inokuchi, and his son Miki. Instrument building has been in the Inokuchi family for three generations and found its beginning with the building of classical guitars in Japan. Primarily self-taught, Masa Inokuchi learned the art of violinmaking 60 years ago, immigrating to Canada in 1968. With the family’s third generation maker fully engaged in the art of violin making, the Inokuchi shop remains vital and active to this day, priding itself on achieving artist level quality and playability in their master made instruments. This is achieved through the careful proprietary tuning of plates and extreme care and attention paid to the setup of their instruments, processes carefully developed by master maker Masa Inokuchi. These efforts have built an impressive client list of the some of the world’s most beloved artists, including Pinchas Zukerman and Maxim Vengerov.

SHAR is proud to introduce the Atelier Inokuchi cello, based on the principles of Inokuchi master-made instruments, yet at a more approachable price. This instrument has been developed by Miki Inokuchi as a response to the needs of advancing cellists who seek an instrument that enables them to freely express a wide variety of tonal colors and styles. A player at this level is ready to move up to an instrument that can help bring them to the brink of a professional career.

Employing his 35 years of experience, Miki Inokuchi’s first step in the process of making his Atelier Inokuchi cellos is to carefully source unfinished instruments from a quality workshop; with maple guaranteed aged a minimum of 10 years, and spruce a minimum of five years, Miki Inokuchi specifies that the wood must be left thick, a critical element in the creation of an Atelier Inokuchi cello -- once in his shop, each instrument has its tonal plates carved to exacting dimensions, carefully tuned according to the unique qualities inherent in each piece of wood, then reassembled. It is only then that the instrument is finished with traditional hand-applied oil varnish, in the signature Inokuchi rich red brown over a pleasing golden-yellow ground. Once final adjustments are made, Miki Inokuchi sets up each cello to produce its optimal “Inokuchi Sound”, an overall balanced quality of sound with a brilliant high register and rich low register. Each cello has its own character of tonal colors based on individual wood specimens, and the optimal adjustment brings out this character, greatly shortening the usual play-in period. 

Warranty Info

1-Year Limited Warranty
This item comes with Shar's 1 year warranty covering defects of workmanship or materials. General wear and tear or mis-use are not covered. Non-transferable.

30-Day No Hassle Return Policy
If you are not satisfied with this item for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

If you have any questions about this product's warranty or to make a return, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.793.4334 or email us at [email protected]

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Asked On: 09/08/2018

Is there a way to try it near me?

SHAR Answer:

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