A live performance is our only reference
A live performance is our only reference. The cello is by far the most romantic instrument in the orchestra. Its rich, harmonious sound most closely matches the human voice. Master builders, or luthiers, centuries ago carefully created and selected materials that produced a sound that was not only pleasing to the ear, but the soul as well. The master luthier knew the importance of all the elements combined — wall thickness, curvature, type of wood and joints. Each element, unique to a particular instrument, influences the sound.