Cello Restoration, Repairs, Sales & Service

Paul Perley Cellos offers fine cellos and stringed instruments in all price ranges. We specialize in the restoration, repair, and sale of cellos, basses and violins. Paul Perley Cellos takes pride in the personal experience that we are able to provide to each customer, and aim to connect each client with an instrument that fits their needs. We consider our setup and adjustment services second to none, as professional and novice players from throughout New England come to the shop for tonal improvement.

We have instruments in all price ranges, and proudly ship to all 50 states and Canada. Looking for a special instrument and not finding it in our listings? Email us or give us a call. We usually have many more cellos and basses than our website indicates: quite a few are acquired and sold before we have time to photograph them and add them to our website.

REPAIR & RESTORATION.  Customers are often surprised to learn that their cello, which they were considering upgrading from, can be made to play much easier, look much better, and have better sound at a fraction of the cost of another cello.  We do everything from complete restorations to minor repairs to tonal improvements. Our rates are reasonable, and our work is of the highest quality. Our two luthiers, Paul & Rob, have a combined professional experience of over 45 years. Contact us with your questions, and take a look at our Restoration page for some of our projects.

SHIPPING.  The cost of shipping cellos has increased dramatically in the past few years, so here's our policy.  If you purchase any cello without a trial (a final sale), we'll ship it to you at no charge.  If you want any cello on trial, we'll ship it to you for $150.00 for cellos over $3000.00 (we use a much bigger box), and $100.00 for cellos less than $3000.  If you decide not to purchase it, your shipping cost back will be about $125.00 if the cello is less than $3000, or around $250.00 if the cello is $3000 or more .  If you decide to purchase the cello on trial, we'll deduct half of the shipping cost from the price .   Please call us at (802) 229 1501 with any questions.

Contact us at (802) 229 1501 to discuss the consignment, repair, restoration, or purchase of a cello, bass, violin, or bow!

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Featured Instruments:

  Fine bows by W.E. Hill & Albert Nurnberger   A beautiful silver mounted Hill bow ca. 1890, likely made by Samuel Allen, a very fine maker, at a time that pre-dated the more production period of the famous Hill firm. The model is F.X. Tourte which later became the template of the Hill's. The bow is in very nice condition with a beautifully balanced octagonal stick, silver tip plate, and solid silver button. One of the very best of all the Hill cello bows.  Questions about these instruments? Contact us through this site or call 802-229-1501.    Learn More...

Fine bows by W.E. Hill & Albert Nurnberger

A beautiful silver mounted Hill bow ca. 1890, likely made by Samuel Allen, a very fine maker, at a time that pre-dated the more production period of the famous Hill firm. The model is F.X. Tourte which later became the template of the Hill's. The bow is in very nice condition with a beautifully balanced octagonal stick, silver tip plate, and solid silver button. One of the very best of all the Hill cello bows.

Questions about these instruments? Contact us through this site or call 802-229-1501.

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  German, Mid 1900's    A very well-made cello of excellent tonewood and upwards of 70 years of age. The tone is big, amazingly complex with wonderful focus as well as responsiveness and ease of play. Warm & sweet in small rooms, but with enough power and focus to fill a large hall, this cello is suitable for any situation asked of it. And at a very modest price.  Questions about this instrument? Contact us through this site or call 802-229-1501.    Learn More...

German, Mid 1900's

A very well-made cello of excellent tonewood and upwards of 70 years of age. The tone is big, amazingly complex with wonderful focus as well as responsiveness and ease of play. Warm & sweet in small rooms, but with enough power and focus to fill a large hall, this cello is suitable for any situation asked of it. And at a very modest price.

Questions about this instrument? Contact us through this site or call 802-229-1501.

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  Unlabeled Early 1800's, possibly Hungarian.    This cello was, for many years, thought to be.a Testore, and indeed it has a number of Testore characteristics: among other similarities, it is narrow and has a beautiful plain-maple one-piece back. The quality of the wood is stunning, exceeded only by its sound. One of the best playing cellos we've ever seen in the shop, it also responds effortlessly and is in remarkably good condition.  Questions about this instrument? Contact us through this site or call 802-229-1501.    Learn More..

Unlabeled Early 1800's, possibly Hungarian.

This cello was, for many years, thought to be.a Testore, and indeed it has a number of Testore characteristics: among other similarities, it is narrow and has a beautiful plain-maple one-piece back. The quality of the wood is stunning, exceeded only by its sound. One of the best playing cellos we've ever seen in the shop, it also responds effortlessly and is in remarkably good condition.

Questions about this instrument? Contact us through this site or call 802-229-1501.

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  Lawrence Wilke, #129, 2010    We're very excited to carry another cello by Larry Wilke. Number 129 is everything Wilke cellos are famous for: beautiful tone wood, impeccable workmanship, beautiful varnish - our opinion is that it's the perfect color for a cello - and exquisite sound: rich, focused, warm & powerful. It is a dream to play: smooth, consistent and effortless. Wilke cellos have become well-known throughout the U.S. and internationally as some of the best contemporary cellos out there, and they're sure to increase in value as time passes..  Questions about this instrument? Contact us through this site or call 802-229-1501.    Learn More...      .

Lawrence Wilke, #129, 2010

We're very excited to carry another cello by Larry Wilke. Number 129 is everything Wilke cellos are famous for: beautiful tone wood, impeccable workmanship, beautiful varnish - our opinion is that it's the perfect color for a cello - and exquisite sound: rich, focused, warm & powerful. It is a dream to play: smooth, consistent and effortless. Wilke cellos have become well-known throughout the U.S. and internationally as some of the best contemporary cellos out there, and they're sure to increase in value as time passes..

Questions about this instrument? Contact us through this site or call 802-229-1501.

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We are fortunate to have Robinson Morse working as  a luthier  in our shop. Rob is also an accomplished Jazz bassist and composer. Recently he completed work on a CD which encompassed many of his finest works. Check it out here!

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