Count Cozio's Notes, June 8, 1816: "I have seen this beautiful and strong medium B model cello made by Antonio Stradivari in 1707. It belongs to Vincenzo, son of Antonio Merighi, a good musician and pupil of Storioni in the concerto of Milan (but without [his] grace). This instruments shares the same measurements, red varnish, and craftsmanship with the cello of Professor Alessandro Delfini, called Brescianino. The only difference is that Merighi's is larger than the one owned by Brescianino dated 1709 because in the chest of the body between the C-bouts there are two edges.
The [cello] owned by Merighi is made of beautiful maple, with wide grain. Back, sides and neck. The back is joined in the middle with longitudinal grain from [...] to [...]; the back is intact. There are some cracks in the sides and on the top, which have been well
repaired. The F-holes are beautiful. The neck is by the same maker. I have found it [i.e. the neck] in Parma, even if it was originally made for a viola da gamba with six strings. It is possible see it from the first two holes that have been cut and joined with the scroll made by Antonio Merighi. . . ." (p. 247)
Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Baltimore