So, some time after the article was published, I thought about a 5 minutes entertaining video (here it is below)
which would summarise the 40 pages scientific article which even I did not read after it has been published. If you are not a musicologist or instrument-maker specialised in historical instruments it may seem unbearably boring: tones of dates, and names, and names, and names and none of that stuff has anything to do with the music. So, when this movie has been made I still worked in Japan, hence the Japanese subtitles... not to mention my deep connections with the Japanese culture. The point is that there was the time when the cello was a "modern" instrument not widely known, not readily accepted by players and, specially, not by the publishers - who would buy music written for an unknown thing? Would you? The funny thing, is that the re-discovered version of this instrument is experiencing exactly the same situation as it did in the end of the 17th century: "what the hell is that!?"