Wladek Stopka cello Chicago 2012 #553 (The maker is also known as Walter Stopka)
A quote from his website:
My name is Wladek (Walter) Stopka.
I have been a luthier for over 30 years.
Born and raised in Poland, I started practicing violin making in 1978 in Krakow Poland in the shop of a very well known Polish Violin Maker.
In 1989 I migrated to the U.S. with my family. For the last 20 years I have been making instruments in my own shop located in the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago, IL. My specialty is in the Stradivarius models. I use high quality, old European wood for all my instruments and making my own varnish adds to the quality of finishes which vary from Modern to Antique.
This beautiful looking and sounding cello is marked by handsome "bear claw" figure across the spruce top, and attractive medium-width flame on all the maple parts.
As with all high-end instruments and bows, we recommend that you make an appointment to audition this instrument at our shop in southern California before committing to the purchase of this cello.