This cello was built on my modified Montagnana model. It is fashioned from another piece of beautiful subtly flamed English Sycamore. I have had excellent success with this back wood. The top is an extraordinary piece of wood, it is light and strong and has a wonderful responsive crispness to it. The top is made from the finest aged Engelmann spruce. This cello is very powerful and even and has a sweet depth to the tone.