PICTURES : http://s1213.photobucket....s/cc464/jerrythecellist/
To read about the Laberte workshop : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Laberte
I have used this cello during all my student years, and went through all the standard repertoire with it. It projects a lot, it has a clear sound and it is easy to play. I had no issues playing difficult pieces with it (high notes are clear and not overly metallic, quadruple stops can be played without too much effort, artificial harmonics are accessible, etc...). In brief, this is an excellent cello, with a sound quality which is rarely found in instruments of that price range.
It comes with a certificate of appraisal (2003), the original invoice (1996), and an old case for transportation.
The cello CANNOT be shipped, and it will only be sold to cello players.
See pictures, and appraisal:
Last appraisal (August 2003) comes from Mr Kloss, a well-known luthier in Boston (http://www.klossviolins.c...lins.com/Biography.html) who has taken care of it when I was in Boston. More recently, it has been taken care by Olivier Perot, in Montreal (http://www.olivierperot.com/), another fine luthier. The instrument is regularly set-up.
The appraisal says :
Mr XXXX ( I will not disclose my name and address on a public forum for obvious security reasons ) possesses a full sized cello. On the inside back it is branded <Breton Brevete, Breton, ADD SRM Angouleme>. Below the neck button it is stamped Breton Brevete. All parts of the instruments appear to be original.
The body length is 75.5 centimeters and the string lenght is 69.5 centimeters. The upper bout measures 34.8 centimers in width, the middle bout measures 24 centimeters and the lower bout measures 43.6 centimeters. The back is formed of two piece of narrow curly maple. The side are made of wide curly maple. The scroll is carved from narrow curly maple. The top is shaped from two piece of narrow even grained spruce. The color of the varnish is orange-brown. The condition of the instrument is good, and in my opinion, it should be insured for twelve thousand dollars at current standards.