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.