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  1. Ok guys, this thread is becoming ridiculous. From a Principal Cellist in Germany: Mr. Hamberger has installed my soundpost at the recommendation of a colleague who plays on a Gagliano violin (who of course has it installed as well). This was in December 2017. Since then, the instrument (French ca. 1820) has been more stable than ever, maintaining the sound quality throughout the seasons. To be more clear: the instrument is easier to play, the response of the lower strings is much quicker and crispier, the higher register sings better and more naturally, the resonance has improved by at least 20%. As a musician, I rely on my ears and can honestly tell you, I will NEVER go back to a wooden soundpost.
  2. A modern Cello that sounds great and is in pristine condition for $10k? Buy it already.
  3. I know, but they were never posted at this price! The more expensive, the funnier.
  4. https://www.ebay.de/itm/Stradivari-Violine-Orginal/273802996654?hash=item3fbfee2bae:g:r2IAAOSwAnxckpxG
  5. Thanks, this is exactly what I was looking for.
  6. I heard about a website that keeps track of the actual value of most violin makers, dead or alive. Could you point me to it? Thanks!
  7. Very important! I wouldn’t want to spend that kind of money on firewood.
  8. Does this Cello look authentic to you? https://www.ebay.de/itm/altes-Cello-4-4-Mittenwald-1923-gut-erhalten-keine-schaden-mit-bogen-L-76-cm/223546454566?hash=item340c683226&enc=AQADAAAC8FjVrDbVsZ8oH%2F8PNHtt9VX4%2Fw7FZcmMuqsX8uaFEduV2nuDZQKgavEpbU7vgwhiH8WF8hQnRWcxphIxxaPMsF6YGAWZA1zIToKGRwuFu4iY%2B5PCS9wH8hJss%2F2mn4W8lnv2ZkIKKb%2Bk00iZqIWutWJmLvYJxqBR2DBlr2bwhY26hEUh3vEGPw7e7DsubH8b3p0AA1xkHHrS079vBV%2BWA7zNlCHp8aXMrWZHr2vihzUey4NATuNOs%2FMVR24B%2Bf0FC8j9KJ0WTie5gYhVHupQ8mUmfpqTA2DAAc14rsp%2FUnESqYPJa273F%2BmKQCx44%2FFA7rd0mm4gEYarxD3jw4K4IW%2FhR9mNa0izf4526S550jxwOKlagL%2BfxPKwTo8jAdDzIvnQ34flSmgQ24GDAYo%2B71I72dzBWBGWyWyCBDFtIGcyzzILN6Yj7L98C6Vl6CcQ4Hr3v5Jg%2B8%2B9vpvAItUeHOqNXLUTAQrfZfHhH4Gomt0ZEQBsh557mflItEWjtvi0aTstri4fgPJew4Zo%2FHK4POAJGLiF0zjs4RZ6O1whQKWvb%2Bz42Atq2OdT8OiKPwS%2FeB8QGVX5autH2KyVfXlilIczTcR15QOZuuP2vZ8wMYmc1MLQiptQ6ZnywA8Eq%2BSA3DqxOxiu1GjVBgg1b4MgunRD6NNTeNFw6TMLKxaJmsSH59UImtkFEQlJmLpzEjQyLjTqegjAME0VTgtia7n0s4xhuIIhSe3rT237%2F6YYoYYmQDO3OBvVVEQ7lf5pUUbIX1yGuuVHdiyuVW0FydukQAwzy0KneersMuvvnT7zX2R4ZRK0ZkqYGLeX4%2FaCBI9fMIpCCSvh0BvwDfMzTPdwZCM2QcrGGA87GRu6KrOtI2aytzzVU1Fjo5CLhG9splR2INYBn%2BGf2Zmu3FXI9xOh8Jr7Hs5%2F49hjpQkwlbVLzEJvLFUlHR9hwvrOMULNtp4SP8whz7qpp0AC7oxWbXfDk7dasoM84B1IP6lVhhkT7San&checksum=223546454566d836f2364c694196ac75eff1d2ad0f4f&autorefresh=true
  9. From my experience as a player, the Kevlar tailcord does improve the response of an instrument. Many of my cellist colleagues have changed the metal tailcord on their Akustikus Tailpiece with Kevlar and are satisfied with the result. I personally prefer using the Bois d’Harmonie Tailpiece on both of my Cellos, since it weighs significantly less and looks undoubtedly more elegant.
  10. I was there three days ago. Still can’t believe it.
  11. I believe that this video demonstrates that the biggest difference will always be made by the player and never the instrument. Nothing new, I’ve have witnessed this phenomenon many times in the past. As an example, when the teacher takes the door with strings from the student to demonstrate a passage—the teacher will make it sound more than decent. It is the same in major competitions. Many times, the people who play Guadagninis and Cerutis are failing to go past the second round. I would like to end with a joke. There is a major Violin Competition and the first candidate arrives in a Ferrari. He opens the door, steps out and grabs his beautiful golden period Strad. After his performance everybody including the jury are disappointed with how terrible he played. “Terrible”, shouted a jury member as he walked off stage. The second candidate arrives in a Masserati. He opens the door, steps out and grabs his beautiful Guarneri del Gesu. After his performance everybody including the jury are even more disappointed with how terrible he played. “Terrible”, shouted another jury member as he walked off stage. The third candidate arrives with a bus. He grabs his German bow and modest French violin and starts playing. After his performance everybody including the jury are even more disappointed with how terrible he played. “Terrible”, shouted a jury member as he walked off stage.
  12. Thank you for the pamphlet. That quote from Andrew Hyde made my day.
  13. I have never heard of this Belgian maker... https://www.ebay.de/itm/Violoncelle/233151394540?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20170511121231%26meid%3D457aabdde44d4d5890da570bc23886e9%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D233151394540%26itm%3D233151394540&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3Acf0d8c06-40f4-11e9-b400-74dbd1801d15|parentrq%3A58f401db1690a99bd5836ed4ffe81eff|iid%3A1