Back to the main page Back to category Cellos

musical instrument details

1-p Flame Cello "William Forster III 1814"Cello Model Master's Own Work#W9,2016

Estimated price for orientation: 2 199 $

Category: Cellos

Condition: New: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging (where packaging is applicable). Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag. See the seller's listing for full details. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab ... Read moreabout the condition Brand: CSTAR
Skill Level: Master's Own Work Model: William Foster 1814 Model
Country/Region of Manufacture: China Type: Cello 4/4
Size: 4/4 MPN: W9
UPC: Does not apply

 Hello and greetings to you, my dear customers. I am delighted to welcome you to my eBay store, where each fine instrument was tested and carefully picked from having been fully hand made&by a skilled luthier practicing the painstaking but proven centuries-old methods. After years of comparisonamong many a workshop in Beijing, now I decided to present you with these instruments crafted in 2 outstanding workshops. Hopefully they can around your interest and delight you.  

She (4/4 full cello) was picked from Beijing Wang Zhiguo's Violin workshop, which has a history of 25 years and owned by our luthier, Master Wang. A true artisan luthier, He traveled to Italy for further Violin-Making study and returned 3 years later. He does not make many instruments within a year, though every piece hefinishes is absolutely classic. As the best luthier, Master Wang always takes such factors as the individual character and resonance of each of different wood, making adjustments in the course of construction to ensure a beautiful sound rather than simply adhering to a standard of length, arch, width, and what not. I feel so lucky to obtain this cello from Master's selection, I was stunned by its exceptional tone when I tried to play on it,  "KILLER" tone, so joyful to play on, powerful, deep, full, nicely rich, even through out, mature, superbly responsive.It will be a great treasure for you. Recommended for Soloists, Musicians, Collectors.   
About the 200-y old Spruce: In the year of Beijing's Olympic Games 2008, Many old houses built in Qing Dynasty were torn down near the Forbidden City, we were very lucky to obtain 2 beams of the old Spruce, which has                      proved to be one of the finest wood for the violin, viola, cello, never be out of shape, superb resonance.                                                                                                                               
· 100% handcrafted and hand oil varnished; · Select best tonal Bosnian Maple Wood for the Back, and the Neck, ribs, choice tonal 200-y old Spruce Wood for the Belly; · Top quality Ebony fittings with nice trimmings and Ebony Fingerboard; · Neatly hand-inlaid purfling, nice arch; · Masterly hand carved high quality AUBERT bridge and excellent strings; · Elaborately and elegantly carved Maple Wood Scroll; · Soft Cello Bag and Brazil wood bow included;
Product Pictures                                                                                                    
Feedback for this model                                                                                              
Recent Letters                                                                                                     
My cello, which I 've had for one year now, from the Beijing Wang Zhiguo workshoop in China, has a beautiful tone, and I don't think I 've tapped into its potential yet with an optimal setup. I've post a video of a warm up for a solo job I did thi post Sunday May 4th, playing cello for the Opera by Donizetti-Lucia di Lammermoor on which can be heard here, even though you can't see it, because the recorder was under my chair. It is very similar to the Davidoff model in this ad. Here is a link if you would like to see it, at Once again, thank you for the wonderful cello I purchased from you. Dear Lu,helloToday I have received from you cello and just want to thank you for excellent work!All that you promised me performed at very high level-thanks!Cello exactly the one that was on the pictures is a real craftsman professional too. My son playing for two hours and can't stay-great strong sound, very easy to play in the whole range. Tonight he should play the concert and want to jump right on the new instrument!Personal thank to the Luthier who created this Great Cello!One word:-cello and all components excellent quality-delivery of Beijing in Rostov-on-Don 14-11 October 7 days-speed record-packaging cello is very reliable.Thank you again for their highly professional work, when will the first emotion I promise to write a detailed letter with photos and perhaps movie. I now absolutely your customer!All the bestANDREY RAZUMOVSKYROSTOV-ON-DN, RUSSIAN FEDERATIONHello Lu,I just got my violin and I am satisfied. 
I already have 6 violins but it is a real violin with a real violin sound. Thank you for your excellent service to all points of view.
It is likely that I bought another violin with a deep, round, warm, not too bright or loud.
Sorry for my broken English.
French text belowThank 
you again.
Although cordially
J.D Bonjour Lu,Je 
viens de recevoir mon violon et j'en suis satisfait. J'ai déjà 6 violons mais celui-ci est UN VRAI VIOLON avec un vrai son de violon.
Je vous 
remercie de votre excellent service à tout point de vue.
 Il est probable que j'achète un autre 
violon avec un son profond, rond, 
chaud, pas trop brillant ni 
Sorry for my anglais hésitant.
Texte en français ci-aprèsEncore 
Bien cordiallement
 Hello Mr. Lu! I want to tell you that I am absolutely satisfied with the violin that you have sent me. When I first set my eyes upon the violin, I was stunned. The violin looked incredible. What's even more amazing is the sound. Every description that you gave is accurate. The violin is sweet, warm, well-balanced, and projects very well. I have tried violins that cost more than $5,000 and they don't play as well as Master Wang's violin. Master Wang's violins are truly affordable masterpieces. All of my expectations have been exceeded. I took a gamble and bought a violin from eBay;that gamble clearly paid off. I am very happy that I bought this violin. Perhaps in the future, I will buy more. One thing is for sure; I will be telling my friends about this wonderful violin.
I am curious why the violin did not come with a label. I had hoped to have the label with Master Wang's signature. Master Wang is a true artist. His passion for violin making is evident in his work. I ask that you send me a label with Master Wang's signature so I can properly label my violin. An artist such as Master Wang deserves credit where it is due. Also, the label will be valuable when Master Wang's reputation increases and his violins appreciate in value. Once again, please send me a label with Master Wang's signature on it. Thank you very much, Mr. Lu!
Tuan Nguyen
Dear Lu,I received my viola yesterday and my luthier has put the soundpost and the tailpiece on today.I love my viola, it's so beautiful, perfect for me. Master Wang has made a wonderful work.I send many thanks to you and to Master Wang for all.And I want to tell you that you are so professionnal Lu, it was a real pleasure to communicate with you.I will surely buy another things to you in the future.I wish you a very good continuation in your business Lu.Best wishes from me,Sandra.
Dear Mr Lu,I have sold one of Master Wang Zhiguo's violin (item no: 320663143298) to one of my former violin teacher today. He is very impressed with the beautiful sound of the violin. He agrees to introduce more people and students to Master Wang's wonderful violins. I played the IPE Master bow you sent me today and was also very impressed with it. It is comparable with some of my other bows that cost a lot more. I hope to order more of these bows in the near future.I hope to show another violin teacher at a music school here another of Mast Wang's violin soon. This teacher is a graduate from a music school in Shanghai and plays the gucheng as well and is currently looking for a good violin.  I am honoured to have my teacher to buy a violin from me that you recommended. My best regards to you and Master Wang!Ever gratefully yours
Hi again Mr Lu,I just want to tell you that the violin that you recommended me and I bought from you is very very good and I could not really express in words just how satisfied I am with the violin.Initially when I collected the violin from the Customs Office, I was a bit skeptical about the violin because it did not look very nice and it looked more like a poorly maintained antique violin. However, the moment I started tuning it and playing it at home, I totally fell in love with the playability and sound of the instrument.My only regret is that I did not get this type of violin earlier by Master Wang Zhiguo when I started buying violins online. I have a small collection now including a S C and an antique French violin which cost quite a lot and yet do not sound as good as Master Wang's violin.I look forward in purchasing more of Master Wang's violins to add to my collection in the near future. I also hope to perform on his violins in public whenever I have a chance and introduce his violins to some of the music schools here. Many of the music schools here sell European violins that cost many many times more and yet do not sound good. Some sell Chinese made violins but they are mostly factory made for beginners. There is a huge potential for affordable intermediate to advanced level violins here for people who prefer quality and affordability. I am not a businessman and not a professional violinist. However, I am so impressed with this violin that it will be a shame not to let more people listen and to know more about Master Wang's violins.I hope to keep in touch. I just could not stop e-mailing you through hotmail now just to let you know I am more than pleased with this violin. Please send my warmest regards to Master Wang for me. This violin is one of the best purchase I ever made. May you and Master Wang and both your families be well and happy. May both of you be blessed with great health and prosperity.Your friend
ebayer: samjr888
Hello Lu !
I just want to thank You for selling this fantastic violin to me and to give my honored greatings to master Wang for his great craftmanship !!
If You write down Your adress in China I would like to send You 2 of my CD?s .
Yours Ms , Professor and consertmaster.
The violin arrived on Friday.  I took it home where I welcomed it.  It was love at first sight.  Beautiful in appearance, perfect in size and shape for me to hold.  It had come a long way, coming from China.  I live in dry high desert country and wanted to give it some time to slowly adapt before sharing with you my thoughts.  Initially the sound seemed very locked up inside the body of the violin.  Understandable.  I played it for about 4 hours on Saturday.  I have played it every morning and evening since then.  It is opening up and showing its true colors.  It voice is very appealing to me.
At first I used one of my other bows, but out of curiosity decided to try the one you sent.  It works well with this violin.  I changed the chin rest because I prefer to use a Flesch chin rest.  I waited to order new strings to see what I thought might best compliment the violin as it now sounds.  Some are on their way. I expect to put them on this weekend.
I have four other violins but I have to say this one has stolen my heart.  
China is very special to me. I treasure having a top plate made from piece of spruce with so much history.
Thank you so much and thank Master Wang.
Valerie Eves
Dear Lu, I received the violin in good condition 2 days ago but only had time to set it up today to test it.  I must say the quality of the vioin is all-round excellent, in terms of the tone, the build quality and the detailing.  Your description of the instrument was accurate. The violin quality is comparable to many that are ten times more costly. Best regards,TSHHello Lu. My name is Stephen and I purchased a violin from you and master Wang about 4 months ago. I just want to express how pleased I am with the violin. For the price, I cannot believe the value. The tone is so great . I love the way the violin is set up. The fittings are of the highest quality and the strings are nice and close to the fingerboard for easy vibrato. It's a shame that not many people know of how great Wang's violins are. Again, I want to thank you. Thanks, Stephen Dear Lu,This evening I did a concert in front of a thousand people, your violin has played very well. I am the first violinist of an 'orchestra of 50 musicians. No one believes that my violin was made by a Chinese maker.  This tool is exceptional Bravissimo !!!!!!!!!!
Reale Stefano
Hello Lu,
First I want to wish you a happy new year, since it's holiday in China.I received the violin very fast and it was perfectly packed. I bought 3 violins in China, and no other one had such a secure packaging. Thank you for the care.The violin itself is a masterpiece.
I can't find any defect. I only had to change the feet of the chinrest : the two big feet hurt my neck. The chinrest itself is ok and I still use it.
Another point is that for my small hand, the violin's neck could be a little thinner. But the thickness is only average and this isn't a defect.
Beyond this points, the only thing I can say is that the violin is perfect. The  tone is incredibly pure and rich. It' s really difficult to find words to describe it.
I know now why your descriptions of the violins are almost all the same : Because, all that you say about the sound is true, and the rest is beyond words....The varnish is  the most beautiful violin's varnish I've  ever seen. Master Wang is absolutely a master luthier, with very fine craftmanship. I play his violin every day, and I think that the sound will  get even better with time, as every good violin improves when it's consistently played.
The carbon bow you joined to the violin is a good carbon bow. I appreciate that you didn't join a brazil wood bow because I would not have use it.
I usually use a master pernambuco bow, and sometimes a carbon bow.
The case is really fine.
I'm very confident in your ability to select violins and I could buy again from you. The only thing is that it will be hard to find a better violin than this one.
At least it would take to find one as good as this one, but different in tone and look.I will surely recommend your store.Valerie, from France.
Lu, WOW! This violin is awesome! I got it a today and tuned it up. It sounds beautiful! I have been playing a German violin for some time and this "Wang" makes that insrument sound as if it is muffled. I want to spread the word for you and maybe be your US contact for these fine instruments. I have already decided what I want to get next. The Joseph Guarneri del Gesu 1743 "Paginini's Cannon". I also want you to know how much I thank you for getting Wang to label it! That will be very important as the years go by. After seeing and holding and playing this violin, I realize what a fine insrument it is. There is no reason why we could not both be rich if we could get the word out about these "Wang" violins and cellos. Thanks and I will be talking to you soon. Respectfully,James 
Hi Lu!
I must say that the cello I received is of very high quality, compared to the price. Strings are very personal, so I changed to D'Addario Helicore C and G and Kaplan Solutions D and A. Beautiful, warm sound, very nice and even quality between strings, nice varnish and appearance. I have bought 45 string instruments from chinese dealers and the highest quality are your violins/cellos. Congratulations! Erik Wang
Headmaster of Ringebu Music School,Norway
 Dear Lu I received the violin from you today. It sounds just like you said - amazing! - deep rich lower register, clear beautiful notes in the upper register and responsive in between and that is when it is new! The varnish is absolutely superb with much more colour and depth than the photographson the website. And the case is top class. I used my old bow to try the instrument but will try the new bow soon. Congratulations on being able to make such a fine, brilliant value instrument and for taking so much trouble to pack it safely and enable tracking. I will be recommending you whenever I can. My best regards to you. Gavin Davidson
Dear Lu, 
My friend Michael in Michigan showed me his two violins that he had purchased from you. They had good tone and the craftsmanship was very nice. Even the bow that came with it was fair. He told me that I could buy it and if I didn't like it, I could send it back. I ordered one and was very happy with the overall quality, projection, and tone. I play in a zydeco/cajun band, 
, and needed an upgrade from what I had. I am thinking of buying another one so I could have one tuned a step down for Cajun. The extraPernambuco bow that I purchased is nice too. Thank you!Kirk Jones   beekeepers making honey...
           cajun and zydeco band........
  "The violin finally arrived today Lu and it's all I expected & more.  Quite bright , focused & loud. Definitely an instrument I can work happily with.  Please give my regards to Master Wang for his fine work. I appreciate this violin so much.  And thank you too for the bows; I've found that they're actually quite responsive & choose them over my carbon & other pernambuco bow sometimes."  Best wishes, Allen
  "I own four Chinese violins--three from the other major eBay sellers, but my favorite by far is my Guarneri, hand-made by Master Wang" --Michael
   "One more quick thing...I have been playing wang's violin a great deal and the more I play it in it just keeps sounding better and better! I am well pleased. 
peace to you too my friend."
  "hi lu,
i just got back from my trip and found the beautiful violin.  wang did a masterful job on it in every way...i am very pleased with the great attention to detail that only a master violin maker would take the extra time to do or even have the knowledge and skill to accomplish.  i have had a little training in violin luthier repair work, so i can easily recognize the extra attention to detail on the smootheness of the turning of the pegs and the curved radius of the ends of the peg, or the beautiful, perfect fit of the bridge feet, or the smoothe shaping and filing on each side of the edges of the nut and the perfect fit of the soundpost.  the highly flamed and matching  maple of the back, ribs and neck was a beautiful sight, and the scroll and volutes were absolutely perfectly carved...amazing!  the oil varnish color was very nice and the antiquing was not overdone (which is a mistake often made by varnishers in my opinion).  the tone was very good too as one would expect from the very old spruce wood top and the great craftsmanship of the violin.  i put on a new set of really good quality strings and the tone improved even more.  i just need to play the violin in for about 20 hours, and the tone will improve even further.  please give my fondest regards to master wang for a job well (and accomplished rather quickly compared to what i am used to) done.  perhaps one day i will be able to thank him in person...and you as well lu. "--David