John D. Johnston Cello, Australia, 1988

With wide upper bouts, this cello made by John D. Johnston of Sydney, loosely follows the popular Venetian patterns of Gofriller and Montagnana which generally give the big open sound that is so sought after these days.  Beautifully figured maple in the back and sides complemented by a first class tonewood top and covered in Johnston’s ‘trademark’ warm brown pigmented varnish complete the picture.

John D, Johnston was one of the first of the modern Australian school of makers to study overseas. John graduated from the famous Newark School of Violin Making and worked for W.E.Hill & Sons and Hamilton Caswell in the UK before returning home and setting up his own workshop in Rozelle, Sydney in1982.

With a big sound waiting to be unlocked, this culturally important Australian instrument fitted with our Master set-up and Larsen Ill Cannone strings is ideally suited to the advanced or advancing student, or young professional player.

Reference: VC.327