A psychotherapist in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Robin Ohringer sees patients who range in age from young children to senior citizens. When she isn’t working, Dr. Robin Ohringer enjoys playing the cello.
The history of the cello dates back to the 16th century, when legendary violin maker Andrea Amati became the first person in recorded history to make cellos. Like all cellos made before the 18th century, Mr. Amati’s cellos had five strings rather than the four strings that grace all modern cellos.
Created as an alternative to the bass viola da gamba, early cellos like those of Andrea Amati had a profound impact on music with their deep, low, sonorous tones. Mr. Amati’s cellos were beautiful to behold as well as to hear, sporting a large amount of decorative ornamentation.
Experts suspect that six of Mr. Amati’s ornamented cellos still exist today but only three have precise physical locations. Widely admired, the Amati cello known as “The King” has a decorative crown on its back and figures on its sides that represent piety and justice. The National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota, currently has The King on display as one of its leading attractions.