The test on the third cello in our “ehibition” has been awaited and lived with great curiosity. Previously, we successfully recorded in Pieve S. Giacomo parish church, while this time we have decided to carry out our test on a cello at Dutch maestro Wim Janssen's private music room; the instrument was made by Luca Bastiani in 2012 after Stradivari 1720 model “Gore Booth”. In the past we had tested both violas and violins there; therefore, we wish to find a sort of acoustic continuity, regardless of the instrument in question. Like that, the sound will be more easily recognizable. It was essential for us to understand the “room reaction” during the execution of pieces of music with marked characteristics in the area of low notes. Luckily, our optimistic expectations were confirmed when the talented cremonese musician Fausto Solci started to warm up the brand- new instrument by Bastiani. Luca was born in Rome on May 2nd 1977; his interest in violinmaking aroused after restoring some instruments. He attended a 3-year- violinmaking course in Gubbio and in 2009 he got a certificate as a Violinmaker and Bowmaker under the guidance of masters Guerriero Spataffi and Marcello Di Sante. In the same year, he started working in the violinmaking workshop “Liutante” in Naples, where he specialized in stringed instruments, while studying Neapolitan violinmakers, like Alessandro, Nicola and Ferdinando Gagliano and their instruments. He also accomplished his knowledge doing research in the antique documents of the Historical Archives in Naples Conservatoire. During the 2003 summer, he also attended a specializing course on fitting and setting up of stringed instruments held in Lucca at the Music school “Sinfonia” by Masters Michele Mecatti and Paolo Sorgentone from Florence. In 2006 he moved to Cremona, where he got the Post Qualification Certificate of Lombardy region in Bow Maintenance and Repairs, under the guidance of master Giovanni Lucchi. He became more and more experienced in violinmaking after regular collaborations with some of the most remarkable Cremonese craftsmen; he also specialized in the making and setting up of violins, violas and cellos, under the guidance of master Francesco Toto. The original Gore Booth cello was made by Stradivari in 1710; its name refers to one of its historical owners, sir Robert Gore Booth who purchased the instrument in 1853. Nowadays the instrument is played by the great Italian musician Rocco Filippini. The Gore Booth cello is the first instrument by Stradivari classified as B MOULD, a mould characterising about 20 existing instruments among which masterpieces like Rostropovich’s Duport and Jacqueline Du Pre’s Davidoff (the latter is now being played by Yo-Yo Ma). The sound is a perfect combination of power, responsive immediateness and handiness. During his activity, Luca Bastiani has often used this model. The tested cello was made just a couple of months ago and was played very little before our meeting, which took place on a luckily not too hot July afternoon. At first Maestro Solci warmed up the instrument extremely carefully and , from time to time, he handled it roughly. After about 40 minutes of scales, arpeggios and short performances, we carried out our first recording. The sound has a clear timber and a high-level of reactivity thanks to its Belgian bridge; dynamics and power are good; the musician played with spontaneity and ease. The timber features will obviously improve with time and after the replacement of fitting. The instrument is on sale and can be tested if you make an e-mail appointment to The sound of the cello can be heard in the relative showcase.