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  1. SOLD! Routed cello tops and pernambuco sticks still available.
  2. The two that I tested ran around .47. For those who go by density you might want to lean towards thinner/lighter.
  3. This is a set of seven, well-seasoned European spruce violin tops. All pieces are seasoned, very well quartered, sawn through the middle and ready for book matching. The pieces are all stamped "Germany", which would indicate they were imported post 1990. These pieces were likely imported through the C.A. Gotz company, perhaps 20+ years ago. See photos for representative grain spacing. The entire group of seven tops is being offered for $350 plus shipping. Please PM me for questions or comments.
  4. SOLD! Pernambuco bow sticks still available.
  5. I heard back from Gordon Carson in BC. He has black cottonwood cello sets quartered and slab. I looked up black cottonwood and apparently it’s a populus species.
  6. Yes, I actually have a set of sycamore cello. I'd like to have a set of poplar as well. I have a European black poplar set for viola, a cello set is a bit trickier to come by. Sooner or later I'll likely come into a set as my name creeps up the waiting list. Just wondering if any makers use American varieties of what is called poplar this side of the pond.
  7. Just curious what varieties of poplar makers are using for cellos and where they source it from. I know of one US tonewood dealer who sells European poplar, but quickly sells out and has a long waiting list. I'm aware of the Romanian source, but I prefer to do deal domestically. I communicated with a midwest cello maker and they said they just acquire it from friends rather than dealers. I know yellow poplar grows deep in southern Illinois, perhaps I need to contact a mill in that region.
  8. Just subscribed, looking forward to the next podcast! Nice to know there's others in the trade who (secretly or not) share some of the same feelings that I do! Grateful to be in the business, as Chris once said to me, it beats selling insurance...
  9. Indeed it is, and I knew it would be. It was something of a temporary bridge just to test the instrument in the state it was to satisfy my curiosity. Once I reset the neck with a proper overstand and a reasonable neck angle I can fit a proper bridge to help determine the culprit. My initial thoughts to the hollowness of sound might be due to the body dimensions (arching and graduations), but I won't really know for sure until the neck is reset. Muchas gracias to all who contributed to this thread, I appreciate everyone's input, wisdom and experience.
  10. No. There's been much to digest (in addition to being very busy). Michael, the bridge is around 36mm last I checked.
  11. Slightly hollow sounding is what I meant by boxy. It does some to alleviate somewhat once the instrument warms up, and the sound is most noticeable on the open strings. Perhaps my ear gets accustomed to the sound after a few minutes of playing, the instrument is warming up, or both.
  12. I decided to top off the bridge to reduce the height and it made a substantial difference in sound for the better. I've reduced the height by 1mm so far and it immediately became warmer, fuller and less hollow. In short with each lowering of the bridge it became more violin-like and less fiddle-like. Something of a warm and rich sounding instrument so far. Once the neck is at a more optimum height I can put a proper bridge on it in the 32mm range and that should help even more.