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  1. Many thanks for your concise replies, most helpful!! MM
  2. I don't want to sound like a total know-nothing, but is there any way of telling if a cello is carved wood or laminate, without taking it apart?
  3. I'm in my fifth week of cello learning now, and I'm getting more and more delighted with it every day!! I can't wait for the kids to go to bed so I can practise, whereas with the violin I seemed to be looking for excuses to avoid practise! And I am enjoying practising, working smarter, and seeing results far beyond what I did with the fiddle. My teacher is amazing, her love of and enthusiasm for the instrument are so contagious I leave my lessons hankering to get my cello out and start practising. I have no regrets now about switching, I really have found "my" instrument. It's an amazing experience, even the frustrating bits are great! I owe this to you people here, without your advice and ideas I would never have been brave enough to make the switch. Andy, thanks again for your advice. My rental cello and bow are definately cheap and nasty, my teacher let me bow a few notes on her delightful English cello last week and the difference was astounding! Now my search begins for my own instrument and bow, and this time I shall be paying as much attention to my choice of bow as well as choice of instrument.
  4. LOL Mr Woof, to each their own eh!! I have rented a cello to try, and so far I'm delighted with the instrument, I feel I can express more of what is in me with this voice than I could with the violin - I guess I'm just by nature more melancholy than cheerfuland bright ;-) And it does not hurt my ears at all, blessings abound!! So I can spend far more time practising. However, if anyone has any tips on how to "transfer the weight of the arm to the bow" as my teacher said I should, I'm all seems this is a technique that must be found by oneself, and rather difficult to teach. I tend to press with the hand and squeeze the bow, and when I relax the tone gets very surfacy and weak.
  5. Thanks for the advice!! I guess my biggest problem is the feeling of having to begin all over again from scratch, but I hope it will be worth it in the end, as I suspect if I continue playing the violin I may always regret not making the switch - I love violin music, and viola music, but there is something about the cello that draws me..... This is all helping me make up my mind, yet it is still a difficult decision since I have poured so much of myself into the violin for the past four years. And special thanks to you Andy, as usual your advice and comments are incredibly useful and exactly what I need to know. Cheers!
  6. G'day all I've been playing the violin for four years now, and I have suffered with tinnitus for about seven years. I have to use an orchestral mute on my fiddle in order to play at all, otherwise my ears scream at me causing physical pain. I am (finally) considering giving up the violin and taking up cello instead - cello would have been my first choice if I had been able to afford it four years ago. So my question is, will the cello be easier on my ears than the violin? It does seem to be primarily the higher notes which cause the worst reaction, which is why I hope the cello will ease my problem. Also, will the last four years of violin playing make learning the cello any easier for me, or can I consider those years completely wasted?
  7. I like the current format better. With the old one, if I wanted to read a topic from start to finish it was constant clicking and waiting for pages to load, very slow and boring. Perhaps if you visit very often this would not be a problem, but visiting only ever other day or so it got tedious. And I like to read all the postings in topics that interest me, I don't want to miss any of those wonderful hints and ideas that pop up here so often. So my vote goes to the new format.
  8. I had a problem with my wrists when I was pregnant with my first child - by the time she was born I was unable to pick her up due to the pain. The doc said it could be tendonitis or CTS, and gave me a steriod cream to rub on it, and offered injections which I rejected. The cream did not work, and using a brace did not ease the pain. Some months later I went to a gym and began a light regimen of weigtlifting, nothing extreme. Within a few weeks the wrist problem had gone, and has not returned. Perhaps you could try this, with the guidance of a qualified gym instructor you really can't do yourself any harm trying?