Electric folding cello - Luthier Vladimir Kalashnikov

Body material — wood.

Fingerboard — black wood (ebony).

Электро­виолончель складная Violart

Mechanical pegs — Wittner.

Surface — light-accumulating paint, varnish, which is resistant to mechanical impact varnish.

Bridge — Despiau.

The cello can be made with the mensur of your main instrument.

Body length — 755 mm.

The cello can be unfold in a minute and fixed by the violin pegs. That is why there are no clearings or subsounds. The instrument can fold down to fit inside a spinning rod case. The height is 1200 mm.

Electronics — Savinov Nikolai Nikolaevich.

The electric cello has active electronics with a 3-band equalizer and a volume regulator. The LF and HF regulators are located outside; the inside regulators of MF, the relative string volume balance and main resonance settings, imitating sound of an acoustic instrument, are located on the electronic card inside the instrument. They are tuned to get the optimal timbre and range balance; it is not recommended to turn them after the tuning.

It is also not recommended to put both timbre regulators on the maximum rise of the frequencies to avoid sound distortions.

The electronics is powered by a 9V battery of Krona type, located in the electronics niche. Alcaline battery is enough for 300 hours of non-stop work. The electronics is switched on by plugging in the mono jack into the output socket.

The battery level LED-indicator is located near the output socket; its permanent light means that the battery should be changed.

The average level of output signal is within the range of 200-300mV, so it should be connected to the line (not mic) level of the amplifier or signal-processing equipment.

The weighted signal to noise ratio of the electronics is about 90 dB, which allows to work with any effect processors and significantly widens the timbre pallet of the instrument.


Maria Scherer: youtube.com/watch?v=vZtLLGs-QTI

Maria Scherer (and Sardor Milano): youtube.com/watch?v=4fs2uwPx_vo