While most people familiar with the construction of violin family instruments associate maple with the wood of choice for the back and ribs (sides), poplar is also a wonderful and viable option…especially for cellos and violas. Take a look at this beautiful cello we just received from Eastman! I love the subtle “birds-eye” figure and the beautiful patterns of the grain. The varnish work on this cello reminds me of a Gagliano cello I know well, especially on the front. I played this cello for my colleagues without telling them what the price. They all guessed high. VERY high.
Come in and play it for yourself!