David Tecchler is chiefly known for his magnificent cellos, which are regarded as among the best solo instruments, played by such performers as Bernard Romberg, Emmanuel Feuerman, David Soyer, Samuel Mayes, Lynn Harrell, and Yehuda Hanani.
Little is known about David Tecchler’s early biography, though we know he immigrated to Rome from a German speaking region at least by 1696. He remained in Rome and was a prolific instrument maker until he died about 1747.
This fine cello was the primary concert instrument of Jean Bedetti for his entire career. Bedetti, a Frenchman, was hired by Pierre Monteux as his principal cellist for the Boston Symphony in 1919. Bedetti remained with the symphony until 1940, spanning Monteux’s term and that of his successor, Serge Koussevitzky. This cello can certainly be regarded as one of the great instruments for its sound and visual beauty.