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  1. I love these threads on extreme experiments! I have my thoughts, but really, I'm only cellist with zilch experience in making, just in playing. PLEASE DON'T TAKE MY COMMENTS SERIOUSLY! What I'd expect from an MDF back depends on the thickness/graduation. On a thick MDF back, I'd expect the sound to be shrill and piercing, powerful in a really bad way. With a thinner MDF back I'd expect the sound to lose focus and attain a dead sound. On a thick back, I'd expect the bow to feel like ice skating, and on a thin back I'd expect it to lack the possibility to use fast bow speeds. For
  2. Do you mean the bass bar and sound post are inverse compared to normal, but you nonetheless strung it the normal way, meaning a string over the bass bar? I would find it highly surprising if your cello sounds anywhere near good and especially feels anywhere near normal when playing it.
  3. I did it on cello, to experience what it is like to be a total beginner. It sounds like a cello, just a bad one. The lower strings superficial, and the a string flabby, without projection and brilliance. It doesn't feel good in the bow.
  4. That is a very unique tail piece. Never seen anything like it.
  5. That has been my experience as well. But I have to say that I have yet to meet a cellist that tried a ConCarbo and didn't notice a positive difference. I don't know any cellist who rejected such a tail piece. My father in law, who is a cellist and instrument collector, and is otherwise very skeptical regarding the tweaking of setup, tried one and then decided to put them on his six cellos he uses regularly. I really recommend trying the tail piece. Btw I tried a fench model with carbon fibre fine tuners, not the titanium fine tuners, with which I have no experience.
  6. The main difference is playability. The strings respond quicker and better over the whole dynamic range. I also believe the dynamic range has widened somewhat. The sound is more resonant and open, somewhat brighter, but not shrill. Before using this tail piece, there always was a string that was less or more prominent than the others; g honked and d was subdued. That mysteriously is a thing of the past; The tail piece evens out the sound on both cellos I had it on. The wolf tone has not become less prominent, but is more focused on one pitch, and less of a range of tones. I have tried differen
  7. I can confirm very positive experiences with the ConCarbo tail pieces. Improvement in string response time, dynamics, wolf tone and evenness over all strings. This is the single best improvement through setup I have achieved. (Previously tried Wittner composite and Akustikus tail pieces, and a number of older ebony or wooden tailpieces, including some that were hollowed out). Tonal tail pieces are simply too expensive for me to try.
  8. Yes, compared to their good quality full size counterparts, smaller instruments will not sound as loud and fine. However, if someone (say a child) wants to play an instrument because it likes the tonal range, you can try convincing it with a viola tuned instrument, but you will not succeed if the child wants a cello tone. Moreover, you wrote "I think it's a mistake to have really small fractional size instruments played with normal tuning. Their short strings are heavy and hard to bow well. " (underscore is my work) and that is simply not up to date anymore, at least not starting 1/8th cellos
  9. Yes, strings have improved a lot for fractional instruments. Older strings usually simply were fatter and shorter versions of budget 4/4 strings, of which the 4/4 versions were also really not that good. That attitude has really changed, as you can see from the fact that serious brands like Larsen, Jargar, D'addario and Thomastik now make smaller versions of their better string lines too. On cellos, I've no experience with anything smaller than 1/8th, for which I like Helicore and Larsen. Helicore works better on lesser quality cellos or cellos with a string response problem, on good ones, Lar
  10. With that notion, you are living about 10 years or more in the past. I really suggest you try out a well set up 1/8th cello with helicore strings. Easy to play. Ofcourse, nowhere near as loud as a bigger cello, but a good sound and an unproblematic string response.
  11. As a cello teacher, I have a lot of experience starting 1/8th size instruments. Helicore strings and Larsen strings sound quite good for this size. For all instruments, so also such small instruments, it is very important that they are well made (no tank like stucture!) and that the setup is very good. Badly fitting sound posts or bridge feet will have a very negative effect on the performance of the small cello. Much of the bad reputation of small instruments comes from the fact that people don't bother doing these things right cause the instrumenta are "just for kids" anyway. You could
  12. Very interesting cello! Often, cellos with suh huge sound holes are what remains of an originally larger instrument. Here I don't see traces of a possibly different former outline; do you see any in person? How does it play? And, are you the Rob that posted on ICS a few months ago?
  13. I do feel that weight is an important factor psychologically. Even if I know it is not really true, I always find playing heavier instruments harder than playing lighter instruments. In the past, I've tried to free myself of this feeling, and I have a relatively heavy Instrument as my main cello. I've decided now, that I will likely never succeed in getting past this subconscious bias, and that it is better for me as a player to just give in rather than to try be objective about it. I'm going to sell my cello when I get the chance.
  14. It will most definitely make a huge difference if you get your cello adjusted properly, if you have not done such a thing for years. Find a lutier that also services professional players instruments; then you'll know the lutier will have a certain standard. Explain what you preferred in the playability of cellos you tried out (string clearance!) It depends on the playing level, but sometimes, for amateurs, best level instruments are not the best choice. Very good instruments often also require a good command of the instrument to make them sound good. Some amateurs are served well with som