A superb and rare English violoncello by Benjamin Banks, Salisbury, 1785

The majority of Benjamin Bank’s cellos follow a reduced Amati form, but from as early as the 1760s he made at least three¬†copies of Stradivari’s narrow B-piccola forma (the same form on which the 1730 DeMunck was made). This is one of two known instruments from 1785 made to an embellished B-piccola form, widened by about an inch in the waist¬†and the widths of the upper and lower bouts, creating an extremely successful and important model.

This instrument was noted by W.E. Hill & Sons for it’s extraordinary qualities in the early 20th century. It remains preserved in almost perfect condition. A highly important example of the maker’s work.