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  1. Hi all, I don’t know if it is proper to post this topic here or not. I am looking for a cello competition for 8 grader student near Boston area but cannot find any good information from web. School teacher and my private cello teacher did not give me too much help either. My cello teacher is a very detail and very professional teacher. Sometimes when we spent months to finished a music, she said I can try a competition by that piece of music. This time she told me that again which is very encourage me. I have joined school district competition last year and I am seeking some other competitions. Bigger or smaller one does not matter to me because I need to experience it. I am very appreciated if someone can give me information about this or give me direction where I can start. YuCello
  2. Maybe the below information can interest some one. Before my dad put this bridge on the cello, he did tried-and-error to make another three bridges. He tried French style bridges, one is with weak and long legs smaller head narrower legs span and another one is with 50% stronger legs and bigger head and larger legs span. For Belgian bridge, he has a very long leg and very small head and short legs span. Yes, he is an engineer and likes to find out something. Finally he made the final one that has sound I like. It is a French style with a just little bit longer and strong legs (maybe 55~60% is leg) and has wider legs span. He also enlarged eyes of this bridge a little bit. Bridge carving is an interesting thing because it makes cello has different tone color. I like the last bridge most and second the Belgian one. My teacher's cello has a French style very thin and a little bit longer legs and smaller head and very very dark color bridge. Her cello is very expensive and is more than 200 years old. May dad may copy the bridge style form it but just a bit more fat.
  3. Thanks everyone. My cello was made year 2010, the same year my dad bought it. So, it was very fresh and it should be the reason. I love that cello and I practice it every day. I am very appreciated that you let me know it is not harmful and I don't need to fix anything. My dad did a lot of googling before he started working on that bridge and he starts googling again because of this and try to find out what's wrong of his work. I think I can let him know this and let him relax, won't feel guilty and then have a beer . Thanks everyone again! Tom
  4. My cello is Rainer Leonhardt. But oil varnish takes long time to cure. If I have luthier to touch it up, it can come off again because it is not totally cure yet. You are right, the varnish came off a little when the first bridge was removed. The second one stand there for two more years and almost totally stick away all the rest varnish. Is it ok to leave it white without varnish and won't damage the wood. Anything can prevent the sticky legs? Currently the bridge legs cover that white rectangle and won't see the bare wood from outside. Just want to make sure it won't continue hurt the top plate.
  5. I have an eastman cello with oil varnish. The original bridge came with this cello is just ok so my dad bought a Aubert De Luxe and carved the bridge for my new cello. As I can see, the new bridge stands upright on the back and the feet fit the cello perfectly. The whole set up actually worked very well. New bridge opened up the sound a lot. It worked good for two years until several weeks ago when I changed the strings. After I removed old strings and also the bridge, I found the oil varnish sticked with the bridge feet and had be removed from cello top plate. It left two small rectangle area on the top plate without varnish. I am surprised that the varnish actually is thicker than I expected. So my question is 1. Will this cause any problem? Is it caused by my dad's bad bridge? Should I find a luthier and carve another bridge? 2. I cannot put back that bridge without a perfect fit because the varnish sticks on the cello feet. I carefully remove the varnish on cello feet and then put it back to have a good fit. Is it ok to do so? I don't want to remove the bridge next time and find out wood (no varnish now) stick on the feet. Should I apply something on the top plate or the bridge feet to prevent the 'sticky' feet? By the way, my dad did this to fit the bridge feet two years ago. He used sandpaper to fit the feet with top plate first. Then he used carbon paper and small knif to do the final fit. Thanks for your help!