Circa 1925-1935 Czech Cello From John Juzek
The commercial instruments of yesteryear; trade instruments have always had their place in the industry, offering a modicum of quality control and a range of entry level options, spanning from young students, freshly beginning their musical journey to more advanced and even career musicians. Whereas many shops elect to cultivate their own lines, a practice which has become standard in the industry, some brands have a more global recognition and subsequently, a more universally recognized value.
This pre-WWII Czech cello from the firm of John Juzek represents over a century of history and tradition. These better shop models sell consistently for over $10,000 dollars retail and are a great choice for the advancing student who wants an older instrument without breaking the bank. They are often competitive against today’s favorite brands and have been time tested and proven true.
The John Juzek firm still operates, spanning into its fourth generation, and set the industry standard in the 1950's and 60's by servicing the majority of New York's Public Schools. However, these student instruments were all produced in Germany, where the firm relocated after WWII. Today, Juzek instruments are made in Europe and China.
Although they offered a product of consistent quality, the firm’s best instruments were made prior to this relocation, before the war and during what you might refer to as a golden period, respectfully. The same could be said of several other brands, such as the early instruments from Ernst Heinrich Roth. The master models dated prior to 1930 from both these firms can sell for upwards of $15,000.