Holstein Bench Davidoff Cello Review - Suite no. 1 in G by Johann Sebastian Bach
Stjepan Hauser (from 2CELLOS) playing Moonlight Sonata on the Holstein Bench Davidoff Cello
This Holstein Cello is inspired by the "Davidoff" (also: Davydov or Davidov) Cello made by Antonio Stradivari in 1712.
• This Cello is Benchmade (made exclusively by one Master Luthier)!
• Methodical production process with plate tuning technology
• Antiqued Italian Oil Varnish
• Aged Select Russian Spruce and Select Maple sourced from high altitude forests (Aged 100+ years, dried 20+ years)
• Highest Quality Hill-style Ebony fittings
• Highest Quality Ebony Fingerboard
• Setup with Spirocore D & Spirocore G, Larsen D & Larsen A!
• Comes with a Hard Canvas Case
Every Holstein instrument undergoes our famous 10-point inspection!
The way in which Davidoff became possessed of his wonderful Stradivarius Cello was a very strange one. The late Czar, Alexander II, used to give musical entertainments at his palace. On one occasion - Rubinstein, Wieniawsky, and Davidoff were present.
A certain Count, Wielhorsky, (known for his love of art and his absentmindedness) received the artists, when Davidoff at once noticed that the Count was very nervous and excited. Asking what the matter was, Davidoff received the following answer: "Today I celebrate my 70th birthday, and in a way of my own; I present you with my Stradivarius Cello". Davidoff took this for a joke, but he very soon found out that the Count was quite in earnest.
The music began, and after the first trio the emperor spoke to Wieniawsky, remarking upon the lovely tone of his cello, and asking him what make it was. "A Guarneri, your Majesty", was Wieniawsky's answer, whereupon the emperor remarked to Wielhorsky: "You have also a Strad, have you not?". The count said, "No, your Majesty, I used to have one, but I gave it to Carl Davidoff tonight". The new owner of the Cello now saw that the count had indeed not been joking.
Wielhorsky had bought the instrument from Count Apraksin for the sum of 50,000 francs (£2,000) and two beautiful horses in addition. Wielhorsky had, for a long time past, intended to present his instrument to that Cellist, who should play Romberg's Swiss Concerto best, and after he had given his Cello to Davidoff, he said: "It is true I have never heard you play Romberg's Swiss Concerto, but I cannot imagine anyone playing it better than you".