Domenico Montagnana, Venice, 1733, the 'Mayes'

Cello: 40128

Labeled, "Dominicus Montagnana / Sub Signum Cremonumae 173[5]"

Back: Two-piece

Length of back: 73.85 cm

Upper bouts: 36 cm

Middle bouts: 25.85 cm

Lower bouts: 44.7 cm

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"The Montagnana has a robust and earthy sound with complex low overtones. It is an honest instrument, giving back exactly what you put in. Every notes needs to be articulated in the left hand with vibrato and perfect intonation, but the player can dig in as much as he or she wants and the instruments always has more to give."

Shown at the Exhibition of Venetian instruments in Boston, May, 2002.

The Violinmakers of Venice, Reuning & Son Violins, Boston, 2005


in 1972 Sold by C. F. Langonet & Son
- Samuel Mayes
until 1983 Bein & Fushi, Inc
from 1983 Current owner

Known players

Yo-Yo Ma

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London ". . . one of the finest and characteristic example of this famous master's work."

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)


  • 2011 Strad Calendar: Cello Heroes, Newsquest, London, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Bein & Fushi 1984 Calendar, Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1984 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, June, 1972, London, 1972 (illustrated)
  • The New York Times, Katherine E. Finkelstein
  • The Violinmakers of Venice: 1582-1885 (CD-ROM), Reuning & Son Violins, Boston, 2005 (illustrated)


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