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!