Our hollow body cello is a travel acoustic instrument with correct ergonomics as a regular cello. Its hollow body is a precision design project that acoustically responds to the interplay of the instrument’s vibrating parts: sound board, bridge, and sound post. Its setup aims at a perfectly amplified acoustic result. For this reason we designed a specific active electronics. Our pickup and preamp, while highlighting the instrument’s acoustic qualities, are easy to use, and offer the musician control and independence from sound technicians.
Woods & Varnish
EBONY: nut, fingerboard, chinrest, tailpiece, tailpiece button
Balkan MAPLE: neck and hollow body
Red SPRUCE: carved top with differentiated high/low bars, sound post
Natural shellac applied by brush with no base filler applied. Select instrument have French polish finish.
Size & Weight
Our cellos have the exact dimensions of a traditional instrument.
The 5-string cello has a wider neck section and a fingerboard with a tighter curve to provide better uniformity of action. The low-E string is made by Thomastik with our specs for greater clarity.
Built-in shielded ALTER EGO double polymeric active pickup under bridge feet.
Built-in BUFFER PREAMP with Master Volume, Blender control, Master line OUT
Built-in AUX-ready DUAL PREAMP and headphone amplifier with Mix, Blender, Tone shaping controls, Master Volume, Master line OUT, Headphone line OUT.
Despiau Mirecourt bridge in treated maple made on AlterEgo’s specs.
Gotoh tuning pegs with single adjustable torques and easy fine-tuning made on AlterEgo’s specs.
Pirastro Tonica strings.
Over the years we made the following personalizations:
– low-5 string
– high-5 string