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  1. Yes. I've tried various strings - some that are known to be more muted.
  2. On the Quora website somone was asking about how to buy a cello. Someone else responded with the following: "Chinese cellos however can be a hit or miss. Usually the higher strings (esp. A) can sound 'twangy' …" This sounds like my cello. I bought it from China online about a year ago. Even after my luthier worked on it, the A string still sounds shrill. I can get by with it, but I'm wondering about this. Does anyone know what, in the construction of a cello, could make the higher strings sound shrill?
  3. Jerry, Thanks. This is a fast thing that I can try. Vilis
  4. That explains things - I had previously thought that a slow string response was just because of the strings. But seeing how the vibrations go to the belly makes it clearer. Thanks, Vilis
  5. Thanks, I'll try these out. How would a sound post affect string response? I don't know anything about it, but wouldn't the sound post mostly affect the quality of the sound after the string has started to vibrate?
  6. What kinds of things to luthiers do for tune-ups?
  7. I've posted this to Pegbox instead of Fingerboard because, although my issue is playing, I suspect my solution lies in my equipment. I started playing cello about a year ago. The most difficult part I've found is getting a nice tone at the start of each note. I'm not sure how to explain it, but the bow grabs the string and holds it for a bit before it lets go. It is worse for the low strings, for when the bow is closer to the bridge, for playing higher tones on each string, and for slurs. So, slurs on the higher notes on the C string sound really really bad. I am not sure how to resolve it. I've tried various things suggested by my teacher but they don't seem to work. It's frustrating because I know that I can improve other parts of my playing by practising. But practising doesn't help if I don't know what to practise. Then last week I tried my teacher's cello (with my bow) and it was wonderful - this issue almost completely disappeared. So, it is mostly an equipment issue, not me. I have an inexpensive (read cheap) laminated student cello. I cannot afford to buy a good quality solid wood one yet. But, is there anything I can get adjusted or done to my cello by a luthier that would help? What would be the biggest differences between my teacher's cello and mine that would cause this issue? Thanks, a newbie