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.

RESTORED OLDER GERMAN CELLOS. From time to time we have German cellos, 1880’s - 1960’s, that we have restored and sell for $2500 - $6000. Most of these are terrific players; many outplay cellos costing 10 times as much, one even soloed in the White House! All are guaranteed. When they’re ready, they go quickly. Call us to see if we have one, as not all of them make it to our website. (802) 229-1501.

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 .   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:

Johann Leibman 2019   This cello has been purchased by orchestral cellists, up and coming soloists, university music program students and other fine cellists. Despite the fact that it is a new cello, it’s sound is amazingly rich, big, focused… all the features that serious cellists look for in a cello. Professionals have purchased Leibmans to use as a second cello and ended up using them for almost everything.  Questions about these instruments? Contact us through this site or call 802-229-1501.   Learn More...

Johann Leibman 2019

This cello has been purchased by orchestral cellists, up and coming soloists, university music program students and other fine cellists. Despite the fact that it is a new cello, it’s sound is amazingly rich, big, focused… all the features that serious cellists look for in a cello. Professionals have purchased Leibmans to use as a second cello and ended up using them for almost everything.

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

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Christian Hamma    Several professional cellists have purchased this German made cello for use as a second instrument and later found themselves using it for everything they play. It is a full size cello but a decidedly smaller model, which ironically makes it better than many expensive cellos for solo use (Strad B-forms are often found on the solo stage). It’s dimensions are also easier than most full size cellos for comfort, especially for slightly cellists. Best of all, it is deep and rich in the lower register and very smooth and even all the way up the register.  Questions about this instrument? Contact us through this site or call 802-229-1501.   Learn More...

Christian Hamma

Several professional cellists have purchased this German made cello for use as a second instrument and later found themselves using it for everything they play. It is a full size cello but a decidedly smaller model, which ironically makes it better than many expensive cellos for solo use (Strad B-forms are often found on the solo stage). It’s dimensions are also easier than most full size cellos for comfort, especially for slightly cellists. Best of all, it is deep and rich in the lower register and very smooth and even all the way up the register.

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

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L. Mougenot, Jacquet Gand, Mirecourt, France, c. 1900.    REDUCED PRICE    This unusual collaboration between Gabriel Jacquet ((son-in-law of the famous french maker C.A. Gand, aka Jacquet Gand, ) and Leon Mougenot, or possibly Louis Nicolas Mougenot of Mirecourt, gives this fine french cello a value equal to those made by Leon Mougenot alone. Completed late in Jacquet’s life, it may have been the last instrument he worked on. The cello is in unusually good condition and is a remarkable player with rich, full sound, and plenty of focus and power. With smooth fingering and almost instant response, this lovely cello is truly wonderful to play. With a certificate from David Bonsey of N.Y.  Questions about this instrument? Contact us through this site or call 802-229-1501.   Learn More..

L. Mougenot, Jacquet Gand, Mirecourt, France, c. 1900. REDUCED PRICE

This unusual collaboration between Gabriel Jacquet ((son-in-law of the famous french maker C.A. Gand, aka Jacquet Gand, ) and Leon Mougenot, or possibly Louis Nicolas Mougenot of Mirecourt, gives this fine french cello a value equal to those made by Leon Mougenot alone. Completed late in Jacquet’s life, it may have been the last instrument he worked on. The cello is in unusually good condition and is a remarkable player with rich, full sound, and plenty of focus and power. With smooth fingering and almost instant response, this lovely cello is truly wonderful to play. With a certificate from David Bonsey of N.Y.

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

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Johann Kriner (Krinner), 1859    A gorgeous 160 year-old, beautifully made cello from Mittenwald. (Kriner was the first head of the famous Mittenwald School of Violin-making). Its great condition, luscious sound and great response make it one of the best performing cellos we’ve ever had. With certification.  Questions about this instrument? Contact us through this site or call 802-229-1501.    Learn More...      .

Johann Kriner (Krinner), 1859

A gorgeous 160 year-old, beautifully made cello from Mittenwald. (Kriner was the first head of the famous Mittenwald School of Violin-making). Its great condition, luscious sound and great response make it one of the best performing cellos we’ve ever had. With certification.

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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