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"Congratulations to The String House for filling the void that used to exist in finding quality hand-made violas in small sizes. Now one can progress to a larger size all the way to 16 1/2" as one grows, knowing that the quality of instrument will be maintained and the financial trade-in policy be in place. I greatly admire the tasteful craftsmanship in these violas; they provide an ideal voice for the development of each student's individual tone."

William Preucil, Sr
Professor of Music Emeritus
The University of Iowa


In 1998, The String House formed a relationship with a fine workshop in China. Instruments are made according to our specifications regarding dimensions, graduations, varnish and wood quality.
Because of their visual beauty and wonderful tonal qualities, these cellos are currently being enjoyed throughout the USA and are the choice of many teachers for individuals in need of a fine student cello.
Below is a list and description of models available.


The Tartini is the best-selling and highly preferred cello by teachers throughout the country. They are beautifully hand carved cellos with only highly select and attractive wood and the tone is very impressive. This cello is available in 3 models; Stradivarius, Professional, and Master Art.

Tartini “Stradivarius Model” Cello:
$1500.00 1/8, 1/4

$1650.00 1/2, 3/4, 7/8, 4/4

Tartini “Professional Model” Cello: Fine wood and darker tone quality
$2200.00 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8, 4/4

Tartini “Master Art Model” Cello: Fine wood and mid-range tone quality
$3000.00 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8, 4/4


The DeSanto is the highest level cello we directly import from China. It has the highest flamed maple back and a full projecting responsive tone throughout the cello.

The DeSanto Cello:
$3500.00 1/2
$3800.00 3/4
$4200.00 7/8, 4/4


We highly recommend the Gottfried Lembock cello. They are outstanding hand crafted cellos made in the antique style from Germany. These cellos are made on a slightly smaller model making them more comfortable for a smaller person. The tone is very responsive and of a warmer color.

Gottfried Lembock Cello:
$2600.00 1/4
$2800.00 1/2
$3000.00 3/4