For those of you who know Albert Jackstadt, I wanted to tell you all that I have a cello that he made (for all I know, the only onoe he made). I know a bit of history of it. A friend of mine used to play in youth symphony with Jackstadt's daughter in Cincinnati, and apparently she played this cello that he had made for her. This instrument was made in 1976, and I'm not exactly sure about its value. It was purchased for $2800, but some have (unofficialy) estimated its value at close to $8k, namely Paul Becker of Becker and Son. I don't think he would mind me posting that here since I'm not trying to sell it to anyone here. Just thought you would be interested to know, as I understand from my bass friends that his work is very well known, and none of them had ever heard of him making a cello. Honestly, I don't think his cello work is on par with his bass, understandably. The actions have always felt a little high, it doesn't project as well as some other cellos (though it isn't terrible), and it is somewhat limited in color variety. It has a somewhat unusual design, as well. The top and back are sculpted a good bit higher than most cellos, and the neck (much to my delight) is very skinny. Unfortunately, this cello is just hard to play, especially in the upper registers (above V position). Thumb position can be especially painful on this cello, largely due to the higher actions. I had Paul Becker do some setup work on it, and the instrumet was much easier to play for a few weeks, but then it went back to the way it was. He I also asked him about maybe changing tailpieces to try to get more color, and he thought that the setup I had was working well. Unfortunately, my cello teacher wants me to get a better instrument, so I will have to try to sell it at some point...trouble is, the person I bought it from wants to buy it back from me if I sell it, but considering she sold it to me for $2800, and that I could possibly get 6 or 7 for it...I don't really know what to do, hehe. In any case, I won't be selling it anytime soon. I'm in the Louisville, KY area if anyone would like to see/play the instrument (just as a matter of interest, I'm trying to attract buyers or anything.) If anyone has heard of any other Jackstadt cellos, let me know!