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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Oh Finally! I have my Luis and Clark cello!

and it is a breeze to play with and a joy! There are no cornices such as those pointy c bouts to dig into your knees or thighs! Projects sound beautifully and the notes are all there throughout the fingerboard.
Here it is!! No 579!!
I will always remember May 6th 2011. That is when my husband and I flew to Boston to acquire this wonderful cello. On that same day that we arrived we got to meet Luis Leguia who designed the carbon fiber cello and founded his own company Luis and Clark, that makes all of the other bowed stringed instruments. He and his wife Stephanie, recieved us graciously and took us out to lunch while we waited for the luthier to come over and install the bent endpin which is also made of carbon fiber, the Stahlhammer. Luis and I played 7 cellos that they had there and helped me decide on one that had a slight wolf tone but very warm sounding. To me that was my dream instrument and oh it is such a joy to play. I am  not a tall person (5ft even) and my full size cello was too me a bit too much especially with the C bouts digging into my knees or thighs.
Notice the blue post it tacked on to the 3rd one there! That is the one Luis and I picked!

Paul Crowelly who worked on my new cello to fit the end pin.
Luis Leguia
Celllist of The BSO for 45years
Designer/Inventor of the Carbon fiber cello.
Founder of the Luis and Clark carbon fiber bowed stringed instruments.
And all around great man!


  1. These pics were taken when I went to Boston and got my cello. The end pin was changed for the bent because of my back. Luis Leguia watches (as if he hasn't seen this before!)

  2. Hi,

    I'm in search for a carbon cello - but with guitar-style vortex (like on NS Design CR4). Possible? Who can build this cello?

    Prypjat Syndrome
    Matthias Marggraff

    1. You would have to talk to those that design the NS. They have a website leave them that suggestion. Have looked at their line of instruments to see if they have anything like that? In my opinion, any electric instrument isnt required to have a certain body type, even though some may have-it all depends on the electronics and how it affects the design. The design on the L&C cello is acoustically based from traditional cello and taken into account how the design affects the sound.