Gunther Reuter, Chicago 1986
Gunther Reuter (b.1934, d.2013) was a master luthier who was particularly known for his fine cellos. He was with the firm of Fritz Reuter & Sons in the Hague which established a shop in Chicago in 1968. Famed cellist, Frank Miller, owned at least two cellos by this esteemed maker. Miller had served as Principal cellist of Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as playing in the NBC Symphony Orchestra, the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra under Eugen Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski having joined at 18 years of age. This pristine cello possesses superfine workmanship, materials and varnish. Its tone is fit for the greatest concert artists. Reuter’s work is highly praised but not so well known, making this instrument a bargain not to be passed up.