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  1. Recently someone told me his Cello had been described as being approximately 75 to 100 years old, made in northern Germany with flemish design influences. That Sound like complete nonsense to me, and I'm wondering if you agree. What violin making was going on in northern Germany in the interbellum, Maybe the stuff coming from Berlin? And was zum Teufel are flemish design influences?
  2. If you wish to straighten the bridge, the easiest way to do that is by heating it up and then bending it. I'm a cello teacher and have done thatr times on cheap student cellos. One bridge has remained straight for a long time, the others simply were badly made to begin with. What I did was heat the bridge with steam from a water cooker. The main warping occurs between the kidneys and the heart, you want to prevent heating the rest. When the bridge is hot, you can simply bend it by hand. Place the bridge with the flat side on a flat surface to check how well you did, if necessary repeat. Before
  3. Dominants for Cello, highly unusual, not used by anyone anymore. Small Sound, quickly goes dead. Not recommended. The Combo you have on there is Pretty good when you are on a Budget, though Helicore lower strings do have a Shorter life than most other wirecore strings. If you like to try something with a Little less Tension (which is what Dominant would be), try Larsen Magnacore Arioso. Also, the tail piece you are using is heavy and clunky, probably a different one (cheap would be a Wittner Composite or an Akustikus tail piece) will likely improve the Sound quite some. good luck!
  4. I'm really no expert and hope others will correct me if I'm wrong. But I believe the "Berlin School" has something to do with the making going on around the Möckel Family, like Otto Möckel. (check the Wikipedia article) I believe they worked with inner molds and Corner blocks, and the Instruments are well regarded nowadays. Your Cello to me Looks like a nice but simple straight Forward Saxon (Markneukirchen) Instrument. The rib Corners end Right at the plate Corners , and probably you can see the seam is Right in the centre of the Corners. This means the rib construction is withou
  5. Ok, I'm also learning so take my Response that way. I assume by german you mean Saxon (markneukirchen area). I don't agree with this (even if I'm not saying that it isn't german, it is not a markie). I think the Corners are flush in some places (but not all) because of wear (there even is one Corner that is already half broken off, whowing what Kind of wear I mean!), not because they were made that way, similar when it Comes to the purfling extending into the Corner, the result of genuine wear, I think. The Corners have blocks that seem, to me, original. The construction you talk About, which
  6. graft the scroll onto a new neck and peg box, would be best, I think.
  7. I do not think it deserves much attention. It's just a gizmo, nothing more. The dynamic rangevis smaller, cthe sound color range is smaller,almost no articulation possible. Moreover, if you always play three or four strings at the same time, you also always have to play triple and quadruple stops, which is very unpleasant. Also, because of the tuning of the strings. Voice leading will be limited. Nothing much to be expected from this invention. Edit note, I looked mainly at the Pictures and saw now that it can also be used for "melodic" playing. I still stand with the last line of the ab
  8. Wow, Bill, I think it is strange that, if that is the case - the description under the "provenance"- Header seems to corroborate your Story -, then I find it Incredible that they still write the following under the Header "catalogue note": "the Rostropovich cello of 1783 is one of his last and most noble works, and in itself, a fitting summary of his career. The instrument seems to contain all of Guadagnini’s own artistic ideas about the cello, but overlaid with the clear signs of the influence of his patron, the renowned collector Count Cozio di Salabue. Cozio’s enthusiasm for Stradivari was
  9. All the Ironwood I've seen (in baroque bows) was a lot darker than this, are there different species?
  10. Andreas, I've been lurking and reading, enjoying this thread a lot. But I'm only a Cellist with an interest in making and practically no experience, so take my comments with that in mind please. I was just wondering, if you think that the flexibility of the ribs is the problem, why wouldn't you take the top off and add an extra layer of lamination on the inside of the ribs? Shouldn't that answer the question if it really has something to do with the weakness of the ribs very adequately?
  11. I quite like the double bass, but a double viola… must be a Nightmare! I can understand you are Looking for a Thing to store it in. Permanently. please.
  12. There was a thread recently here on byron beebe. Use the search function.
  13. In Harpsichord making, there exist two different ways of constructing the Instrument. One is too build a sturdy Body, in which the Sound board is chiefly responsible for the amplification of the Sound, which radiates from that part of the Harpsichord alone. This Counts for flemish, French, english and german Instruments. The italians in the 17th century however had a different ideal. They usually built Harpsichords with a very Thin Body, so that the whole Body would start to radiate the Sound. The difference in how that sounds is quite amazing. It got me wondering to what extend this tran
  14. Good that you posted it here now. I'd say the neck construction is later Addition by an Amateur repairman. From the Pictures, apart from the weird neck block replacement, the Instrument Looks to be in good condition, just a few unimportant cracks in the top. I don't think People would have left it for the dust bin. I'm curious what People will suggest as origin of the Cello. BTW I just love such geared pegs! The screws somehow don't look like they belong to them...
  15. If you bought it directly from Yita, shoot them a mail with the photo attached, say you find this a problem and ask how they intend to solve it. They will respond reasonably in my experience.
  16. Tom, regarding strings it depends what you wish for, ofcourse. All of The makers I mentioned have a good Reputation for HIPP gut strings. I am a Cellist and don't know what is most preferred by violinists. My Partner, a professional Violinist, says she uses a Kürschner Luxline for the d string, and otherwise at the Moment uses Aquila. She sais the Aquila bare gut is generally accepted as nice to Play, but the wound strings are somewhat Special and not appreciated by all. The wound g string in that setup will ofcourse not be a flat wire, but round wire wound string, which not everybody will lik
  17. Many gut string makers ca make you a string to your specifications. Well made gut strings have a good shelf life (as opposeed to their Reputation!), you could order a few. I just looked, and Toro specificaly states on their site they take Special orders, I would expect the same from Aquila, Dlugolecki and know Kathedrale strings does so. In my experience, it is not so much more expensive than Standard size strings, but you may Need to wait a bit. Edit note, I 've a few Questions: I can't see very well, but it appears the button is seperately glued onto the neck root (ebony?), and n
  18. @jacobsaunders but a wedge would increase the projection too. To me it looks like projection might be fine (pic 2) as it is, correct for this low overstand, and in that case a wedge would not be advisable, would it? Maybe a shim or even a slightly "inverse" wedge?
  19. Ok, so I see some reactions here which contain incorrect Information, and some opinions here I emphatically disagree with. I will therefore now attempt write a General guide for understanding how the different types of modern Cello strings work, attempting to clearly differentiate between what is a fact, and what is my personal opinion. The most important Thing to know is that Cello strings come in four different Kinds, the key difference being the core material: 1. gut core strings 2. synthetic core strings and cores that are neither steel nor gut 3. solid steel core strin
  20. Edit note: any of the strings mentioned in this thread will be a step up from piranito, which I never recommend. The c andvg piranito are of the oldvfashioned single core type. Like Jargar, but inferior in quality. I would highly recommend replacing them.
  21. There are incredibly many different strings on the market. Jargar strings are good strings, but somewhat old fashioned. Nobody uses the g and c strings any longer. Standard nowadays are c and G strings with a wire core, like spirocore, magnacore, helicore, belcanto, eva pirazzi etc etc. Ifvyou plan using jargar a and d strings, which potentially is a good choice, combine them with a c and g of any of the before mentioned brands. As a cello teacher, for relatively simple cellos, especially if the cello hasn't been xperimented with, i usually recommend a set of helicore or kaplan as a cheap and
  22. Clean the inside with lentils or rice, get a proper led light and then it shouldn't be hard to see corner blocks. Taking the top off only for that should not be necessary...
  23. I would rather suspect a meaning behind this. Something allegoric, for instance along the lines of that the Player doesn't have a voice in Society, or something like that, like a mute violin.
  24. I really like the "flow" of the scroll and particularly the pegbox en profile! Very elegant, i think.
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