The bridge on this cello was incredibly low, and this combined with a lumpy fingerboard meant that a lot of notes, especially up in the top register, were impossible to play clearly. The nut was was very high meaning that the strings were uncomfortable to hold down in first position.
A new bridge, soundpost and fingerboard reshoot and some new strings should all help bring out the best in this distinctive instrument. As a bonus, the wolf note seems to have gone!