Moinel Cherpitel Cello 1873


Inventory no.: Moinel Cherpitel 1873 EXEDS 51KS 08/18
Maker: Moinel Cherpitel 1873
Region: French
Year: c.1873
Tone: Warm, Mature, Brilliant.



The Moinel cello showcased here is a remarkable testament to both Charles Moinel’s craftsmanship and the influence of Nicolas Emile Cherpitel. Moinel’s journey began in 1882 when he joined Cherpitel’s workshop, later assuming the business after Cherpitel’s untimely passing in 1893. Moinel continued to produce exceptional instruments under the Moinel-Cherpitel label until his own passing in 1945.

This cello boasts a slender silhouette and a strikingly elegant, wide beesting. The crafted blackened scroll, a work of a meticulous well-trained hand, along with the expertly executed purfling, showcases the skilled artistry behind its creation. The instrument’s pronounced arch table and delicate fluting highlight the meticulous selection of fine tonewoods, chosen for their acoustic and aesthetic qualities. The rich, aged red varnish adds a touch of history and further enhances the gentle flame of the two-piece maple back.

What truly sets this Moinel Cherpitel cello apart is its warm and mature sound, which opens a world of musical possibilities for musicians. It possesses a dark, captivating character with sweetly radiant upper registers and a well-developed range of timbres. With this instrument in hand, musicians can explore a brilliant palette of musical expression.


Title: Saint-Saëns The Swan

Title: J.S. Bach Cello Suite No. 3, Prelude

Cello Has Own Identity

*Percentages shown below are an accurate indicator of the cello’s respective characteristics among TMX’s collection of cellos.

Warm 90%
Mature in character 85%
Brilliant 85%


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