Pierre Martel Cello

Posted on | January 30, 2012 | 2 Comments|

Last year a local music organization gave me a cello as a thank you for volunteer work I had done over the past few years. This small size cello was made by Canadian violin maker, Pierre Martel in 1879. He worked in L’Assomption, Quebec, about 40 km north of Montreal.

The cello needs some restoration and when we have some spare moments this year we will restore it to playable condition. Today I dusted it off and took some photographs as a first step before starting the repairs.


Once the cello is complete and adjusted to sound it’s best, we intend to loan it to young cellists in need of a good small cello.










Above: The back (and sides) appear to be made from well figured Canadian/North American maple.


2 Responses to “Pierre Martel Cello”

  1. Peter Bowers
    April 16th, 2017 @ 7:13 am

    My family owns an 1872 Pierre Martel violin. It is in excellent condition and sounds absolutely stunning. My mother, a classical violinist, acquired it in Maine in the 1970s. When she died in 1991, it was passed on to me here in Alaska. I have since given it to my daughter, who plays a variety of Americana styles; old time, bluegrass, jazz, etc (e.g., see website). I’d be interested in learning more about Pierre Martel and his instruments and sharing information with other Martel violin owners.

  2. admin
    April 18th, 2017 @ 3:57 am

    Thank you for your message. I’m glad your Martel violin is being well used! Here is some information on Pierre Martel: http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/martel_pierre_12E.html

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