Forte3D™ is using new technology in combination with the timeless art of acoustic instruments to create the next step in classical music.
The international patent-pending design uses novel physics to allow the tops of the cellos to act more like the cone of a speaker. Instead of using a rigid arched shape akin to traditional cellos, the tops use tensile strength to support the bridge, more like the surface of a trampoline. The unique hybrid design incorporates two flat CNC-cut pieces of carbon fiber serving as the top and back of the instrument. This entirely new design allows the vibrations and sound to travel more freely through the instrument to emit a robust, yet polished sound.
Constructing an instrument out of carbon fiber using traditional methods is tremendously expensive and labor intensive and tends to sound overly harsh and brittle. Forte3D™’s original design creates a profoundly resonant, dynamic sound box, eliminating these characteristics.
As the ribs of the instruments are 3D-printed, they have a softer surface, which absorbs these unpleasant frequencies to produce a sweeter and more beautiful natural sound while also possessing the ability to roar over an orchestra when coaxed.
Top and Back Plate: Concave Carbon Fiber panel
Ribs, neck, scroll: 3D Printed
Pegs: Wittner finetune pegs
Bridge: Hand-carved professional level bridge from Teller
Strings: Maker's choice, normally D'Addario Helicore, but subject to change.
Adjustable Neck Projection
Forte3D™ recognized the opportunity for offering cellists a customizable instrument that still produces the same beautiful music. Never before has it been possible for a cellist to adjust the height of their strings without the expensive help of a luthier to cut a new bridge. All you have to do is completely lower the string tension, turn the screw, and your strings are now at the desired height. Each cello is shipped with an Allen wrench for ultimate convenience.
- Forte3D™ Carbon Fiber 3D Printed Cello
- Black Cello Gig Bag
- Wolf Tone Eliminator
- Allen Wrench
About Forte3D™ Cellos
Created by Alfred Goodrich and Elijah Lee, Forte3D™ was started to bridge the disparity gap between the price and quality of mass-produced instruments and those that are hand-crafted by a luthier. Using new methods and design, we aspire to give everyone access to beautiful-sounding, affordable, quality instruments.
By redefining traditional design, pricing, and perception, we aspire to reshape the industry and culture surrounding musical instruments. Everything we’ve been developing as a part of Forte3D™ - the materials, CAD, and the very idea of manufacturing instruments that can compete with handmade ones—has been mold-breaking.
Forte 3D - Amazing Concept, Design, and Engineering
I purchased this as an upgrade to a wood student cello which I have had for 4 1/2 years. Over that time my playing has improved, to the point where I thought I really needed an instrument which could give me more. Unfortunately, to realize a "significant" improvement over what I had in a new wood cello would have resulted in spending a lot more than I was capable of justifying. Then... the Forte 3D popped up, and I was intrigued by the novel design and manufacturing process. There is still very limited information and few reviews on-line. The description provided by the Fiddlershop video, particularly the assurance that this carbon fiber cello does not possess the bright and harsh sound which, in the past, has plagued composite instruments, was encouraging. You should watch the video, and believe what is said! However, do NOT judge by the SOUND of the cello which you hear in the Fiddlershop video. The audio of the cello is not representative of what it truly sounds like... it, in fact, sounds MUCH BETTER than that. (Hopefully they can do a better recording!) For a better idea of what it really sounds like, go directly to the Forte 3D web site and listen to the video clips there. Those are accurate... it really does sound that big and that resonant! The only thing I can compare it to is a $60k cello which a friend of mine has, on loan to use. I have always envied her rich, ringing tone. The Forte gets me into that ballpark. The incredible design innovation of giving it an adjustable neck is simply genius. I have adjusted it so that the playing action is very much like a guitar... with no buzzing, rattling, or other undesired noises, a testimony to great design and precision engineering and manufacturing! The Wittner tuning pegs make tuning a breeze. This instrument is brilliant, and sounds and plays WAY ABOVE its very modest price. At the time I am writing this, Fiddlershop has it on the Beginner, Intermediate, and Professional cello product pages! This is absolutely justified, it can operate on all these levels. This is a treasure, get it before the price goes up! You will be grinning from ear to ear for a long time once you play it!
Affordable cello, glorious sound
We purchased this cello for use in our High School orchestra. The students love the instrument, it’s portability, sound, comfort. So exciting to see instruments becoming accessible to all students. I’m sure we will be purchasing more in the future and highly recommend to anyone looking to try a new concept in cellos. Bravo Forte3D !!!!!!
One of my high school orchestra students has been playing this cello for over a year. The tone is balanced across all registers, clear, and robust without being brassy. It stays in tune very well over time, and my student loves it! This has been a great investment for us
What a brilliant instrument !!! Unbelievable!!
What an Incredible Cello!
What a fabulous cello! In over 25 years as a professional cellist, teacher, and music publisher, I have never come across a cello as revolutionary as this one! The cello has an incredible neck mechanism that allows cellists to raise and lower the fingerboard; no more summer and winter bridges! The shape is comfortable to hold; my students have remarked that this is the first cello they’ve tried that doesn’t dig into their knees. The resonance is amazing, with a gorgeous tone that extends a player’s natural abilities. Students have been instantly inspired by the sound they’ve created on the Forte3D cello. Adult learners craving a silky, mellifluous tone should run - run! to get this cello. Professional musicians who need a bigger, richer, warmer sound should add this to their collection. In short, these instruments have something for everyone and are an invaluable asset to the cello world!
Fiddlershop is a small family-owned business located in South Florida. Since 2012 we have been serving the string community with quality instruments and accessories. We believe that music and instruments should be accessible to everyone at a price they can afford.