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Luis & Clark Cello Made Entirely Out of Carbon Fiber

Luis & Clark Cello

World renowned Cellist Yo-Yo Ma took the stage at President Obama’s Inauguration with the instrument that many music enthusiasts took by surprise. Massachusetts-based company, Luis and Clark, the cello is unaffected by temperature and humidity, which can crack or split the delicate antique instruments that professionals usually use. Mr. Ma plans to play his Luis and Clark cello if the weather warrants, said his manager, Mary Pat Buerkle. His other cello, a 1733 Montagnana from Venice, is worth more than $2 million. Mr. Ma will be playing a score by John Williams with Itzhak Perlman on violin, Gabriela Montero on piano and Anthony McGill on clarinet. Mr. Perlman could not be reached for comment.

Worth $7,139, the Luis and Clark creation has been made entirely out of carbon fiber. The shape of the Luis & Clark cello makes it easier to play. It is played closer to the body so the bow arm does not have to be so high at the point of the A string, thus reducing one of the causes of the "sore shoulder syndrome." There is no sharp edge from the cello neck rubbing against the musician's chest, making this cello more comfortable to play. This instrument uses very little ebony, reducing demand of this endangered tree species.

4 comments

Riah said... @ February 3, 2009 at 11:12 PM

I don't know anything about playing a cello but I would learn quick if I could play one made completely of carbon fiber! Imagine how light weight it must be. I almost left without dropping my card, lol.

Anonymous said... @ February 4, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Ma ended up playing a modern wood cello made by Moes & Moes at the inaugural (and in the prerecorded soundtrack too).

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