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  1. Thank you, J-G. Sorry that I didn't think to check Wikipedia for information on Bottessini. But no, I can't tell from the video what tuning was being used. I would agree, though, that a tuning in fifths is most likely.
  2. I recently viewed a video of the bassist Rinat Ibragimov playing a bass concerto by Bottesinni. He was playing it on what looked like a normal upright bass, but which had only three strings. Having never before seen such an instrument, I'm wondering if this is unique, or are three string basses common? Is there a reason that such an instrument would be more suitable than a four string for solo work? Thanks - Ned
  3. Wanting to clean and bring back some luster to the varnish of my cello, I purchased, on line, Super Nikco cleaner/polish. No directions for the use of this product were included (perhaps it is assumed it was purchased by a professional luthier) and I'm wondering if a non-professional can use this product safely. I've done some work on my cellos in the past, such as refinishing and revarnishing (definitely it was necessary), and installing geared pegs, but am not a professional luthier. I want to be sure in applying this product that I'm in no way in danger of harming the finish of the instrument. Are there particular guidelines anyone would suggest for Nikco's use? Or is there a different product that would be more suitable for an amateur to use? With thanks, Ned
  4. I'm not a violist, but a cellist, and I enjoyed his playing and sound very much (more than the other violists who were posted). Might he be using gut - or mainly gut - strings? A noticeable lack of a metallic sound.
  5. Nedwardo


    GeorgeH, of course you're correct. Ease of use and precision are primary. But since I know how well the Pegheads work, and assume from what I've read about the Wittners, that they will work well also (though one responder is not impressed by their reliability), ease of installation is something I'll consider. If the Pegheads don't really require gluing they may be similar in installation to the Wittners. Dwight, thank you very much for that chart. It may be very helpful indeed.
  6. Nedwardo


    Thanks for all the information and suggestions. I now agree that the best path would be to not try to remove the Pegheads from my old cello but to simply buy a new set of machine pegs. Whether Pegheads or Wittners, then, is the question. The ease of installation of the Wittners is a plus. However, having had the Pegheads on two cellos for some time now, I've never found the slightest problem tuning with them with the 4:1 ratio. (That would make changing strings a bit easier than it would be with a 8:1 ratio, though this has proven to be pretty much a non-issue for me). Also I do like that they have real wood - ebony - heads. Before I do anything, I'll try the new cello with its standard pegs, though I've never liked having fine tuners on the tailpiece, even if built in. If I decide on machine pegs, I'll check out the Wittners, since In the end, ease of installation may be the most important consideration.
  7. Nedwardo


    I would like to remove a set of Pegheads from a cello I have and install them in a new cello that I'm buying. Since there's not a qualified luthier locally to do this, I would like to do it myself if possible. Does anyone have an installation manual he/she could post? I'm assuming the glue used to install them is water soluble, so that they will become loosened if the area where they contact the pegbox is moistened. Of course, I realize that the size of the Peghead shafts must agree closely with those of the new cello I'm getting. Thank you.
  8. Thank you, Jeffrey, for your attempt to locate Michael Reuter. Indeed he would perhaps be the best source for more information about my instrument. I thank everyone else who responded; I have a much better idea now of what I need to do to get a proper appraisal.
  9. Thank you, GeorgH. While there is a music store owner locally who does string instrument appraisals, he is not a luthier. I suppose his appraisal would be based on his perception of the quality of the wood in - and the workmanship of - the instrument, and would include the information given on the interior labels. Perhaps this will be sufficient for insurance purposes, though I would not categorize him as a "respected expert". For this, some traveling will be required, which would no doubt be the best way to obtain a truly valid appraisal.
  10. For purposes of insuring my cello, I would like to know if it is made by Gunther Reuter, or is made in his shop under his supervision. There are two labels in the instrument. One has the words (in small print) at the top: "Made in the shop of", followed by - in larger letters - Gunther Reuter Chicago, Ill. Anno 1991. Above this label, burned into the back, is: Gunther Reuter, Geigenbauernmeister. On the other side of the back is a label which says: This MASTER SHOP Instrument is warranted and registered with FRITZ REUTER & SONS, Chicago, Expert Violin Makers and Dealers. No 31310. With thanks, Nedwardo
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