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    Sciatic pain

    To everyone mentioning the wallet pain, I had to think of this clip a friend sent. To stay on topic regarding lower back pain/sciatic nerve problems, I've had good personal experience with pilates and taking high-concentration turmeric supplements in addition to the yoga, stretching, and everything else that stimulates better blood flow. Pilates was developed by a boxer back in the early 1920s and works on the core areas you mention. This pilates is nice because he explains how you can modify for beginners, and it's not your typical woman in yoga pants either (Pilates, like yoga, was developed by someone with martial arts background)
  2. Shi Yeon Sung is fantastic. This version of the Dvorak with Jakob Koranyi is a dream, shows sensitivity, nuance, understanding, balance, and helps the listener hear individual lines and themes. The soloist is also extremely talented, but the orchestra works with him and not against. She won the Georg Solti International Conducting Competition, if that matters (not sure it does, but still). Sung also has a very convincing Mahler with the Gyeonggi Phil; perhaps no coincidence that she won second at the Mahler conducting competition in Bamberg as well.
  3. The other two spots on the Mirecourt. Anyway, enjoy playing your new back-up cello! Hope these help
  4. @PhilipKT And on the Mirecourt, here are the close-ups of the abrasions and varnish mistake. I think the black one is the varnish mistake, and the grey ones were abrasions.
  5. @PhilipKTFirst let me post photos of my German cello to show how the antiqueing looks on mine. It looks like your cello but probably not as old. The antiquing seems more like not-so-random black dots and black lines clustered, as well all these weird diagonal slashes in the front of the spruce grain (not sure how they did it). There is a similar wear/abrasion pattern, but on the right rib. It is exactly where my shirt buttons are.
  6. I'm no expert, but my cello has similar marks, fwiw. I was told by my luthier that these were likely flaws in varnish at some point.
  7. I think string dealers should promote rentals of better instruments to beginners if they can find out if the beginner is taking private, regular lessons, particularly if adults. Maybe you already do that though. Here, I see some really dreadful rentals. Anecdotally about better instruments for beginners, I heard someone play a rental cello from Pierre Mastrangelo in Lausanne, Switzerland a decade ago. It was from the 1960s made by another Swiss luthier. I was amazed this was a rental, and the resonance seemed to help quite a bit with learning intonation particularly and proper bow technique/feedback. FWIW. Rentals do not need to be so fine, but if you start off eating McDonald thinking this is what is a hamburger let alone beef should taste, it is a much harder transition to a steak or any other simple yet good, responsibly produced food with actual taste.
  8. Editing bc I shouldn't derail OP's thread
  9. I agree. I play with bows from contemporary makers that were more expensive than my either of my two cellos. In particular, my full-size was quite a lucky find. Cellists with their lovely pedigreed and certified antique Italian and French cellos or new ones built by famous makers remark how the tone on that one is pretty/bass is particularly excellent/how it is unusually loud and are really surprised by the price. Carter Brey used to play on "Brey's Box", which also was a Schönbach cello purchased for 500 USD back in the 70s or 80s, until he landed his NYPhil job. BTW, the guy in the video that OP linked even says in the video that his main performance cello is a Chinese Jay Haide right now. I would love, of course, to have the resources to purchase a more expensive cello (new made with different wood for the backs) or have a collection. Some day! Saving up the money until then. It is a terrible habit/addiction, as you very likely understand
  10. Depending on your country, you can rent online decent Chinese or Romanian cellos that have been set up by in-house luthiers. They will ship it to you. Also, depending on the shop, some shops offer a percentage back on upgrades. If one is lucky, there is the full trade-in. Some shops offer a rent-to-buy scheme as well, or a discount for purchasing the rental after a period of time. Carbon-fibre bows are probably a better option, from both a school orchestra safety point of view and quality given the price point compared to a pernambuco bow. People often scour the internet for how to purchase a cello affordable to their budget, rather than how can they acquire a good instrument suitable for learners within their financial means. These are two different questions, and often answers to the latter fall on deaf ears when the person is looking for answers to the former.
  11. What I was saying indirectly is that I did not see him saying what OP said he did. To be fair though, I watched only part of the video, but in first half I saw only said that a good beginner cello costs around 2000-5000 USD. Nowhere did I see him recommend to buy a budget cello for 299 USD, let alone a cello sight unseen online. He begins the video saying you should visit a shop, choose some you like, and try them out with your teacher at the next lesson. He even recommends Wayne Burak for people in Texas. I did not want to watch the whole video so maybe OP is correct, but I had a hard time believing when I saw who it was that he would make such advice.
  12. To be fair to the guy that OP linked...in the video he even says that he estimates really good beginner cellos at a price point of 2000-5000 USD. The guy is a Juilliard-trained cellist and member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road ensemble, so probably not too much of an idiot.
  13. ok thank you for your input. Don't want to create a useless thread.
  14. Hi all, Most repaired bows I've seen (haven't seen that many though) tend to have a break parallel to the head plate and closer to where the head meets the stick, as if the head broke off the stick. But I was recently looking at a bow where the repaired crack ran orthogonal to the headplate and parallel to the head chamfers. The crack went clean through the head vertically, from the stick to the bowhair plug as if someone laid the bow down on the hair like a baguette and sliced off a piece of the head. Is this a worse kind of cracks? Wish I could post a photo, but it's not my bow so please accept my mangled up description of bowparts that I googled from previous Maestronet threads Thank you!
  15. Hahaha @Violadamore Sadly it begins to appear that most of the odd sounds emitting from this cello are caused by the person bowing...could just be a conspiracy theory though @jacobsaunders I suppose I should have asked whether the soundpost position could influence a wolftone on the D string, as well as the question: do fractional cellos tend to have wolves on the D string? Asking these two because I heard on the non-luthier rumor mill that wolves on the D string are a sign of "bad" resonances, whereas a wolf on the G string is rather to be expected and "good". Any truth in this or rather another fresh load of ...?