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  1. 2 hours ago, PhilipKT said:

    High degree of playing. Well done. Mildly disappointing you didn’t identify your cello or bow. The Romance sounds like a preliminary study for the Vocalise. I wonder if Rachmaninov knew Arensky well? The Humoreske sounds like something but I can’t place it.

    Thank you, Philip. I play on an anonymous French Cello built around 1820. My bow is from a modern maker in Germany—Josef Gabriel. Regarding the Humoresque, you probably thought about Elfentanz or At the fountain, right?

  2. The best cello set on the market at this point is Thomastik Rondo. I have it on both my cellos, an old French and a modern Italian. Those strings are perfectly balanced, have great projection and at the same time feel very comfortable under the hands. My problem with Larsen strings, having playing them over the years, is the lifespan. They loose the resonance and response after only one month of playing. I thought it was impossible to achieve a great sound without having to combine strings, because cellists, unlike violinists, have always combined different brands for the upper and lower strings (eg. Larsen A/D and Spirocores G/C). Well, this problem was finally addressed by Thomastik with the new Rondos. Try them!

  3. On 2/17/2021 at 11:33 AM, David Burgess said:

    I hope people in the US are being very careful about humidity, with the unusually cold temperatures we are having. Where I live, the indoor humidity would be 3% right now (despite the outdoor humidity being 78%), if I were not adding moisture.

    During most ordinary winter months, I can get by with using one steam vaporizer. Currently, I am using two, and they are running about 85% of the time to keep my shop humidity up to 40%.

    Which brand of vaporizer(s) are you using at the moment?

  4. 1 minute ago, Andreas Preuss said:

    This discussion looks to me like coming from a different planet. In Japan I haven't seen anyone with Rondo strings and did not get one single inquiry. Here the Cannone strings seems to be very popular now.

    For cellists, the Larsen string lines are big disappointment. For the price they are asking, the A and D are basically useless after a month of playing...

  5. Regarding the Rondo strings for Cello, I must say they are the best strings that I have encountered so far. They are really well balanced, and this is a tough quality to achieve, especially when most cellists combine strings all the time. Back in May I put on the first complete set, and at the end of October renewed a fresh pair of A and D strings. The “old” A and D are currently on my other Cello and still sound amazing! They definitely achieved a new standard for Cello strings.

  6. 1 hour ago, jacobsaunders said:

    Well, I would consider it a medium to better Dutzendarbeit, needing a new set up (bridge, post, board, pegs, clean up etc.) from roughly the end of the 19th C

    Thanks for your input!

  7. 6 hours ago, ctanzio said:

    Obvious differences in tone and playability aside, I would say the video demonstrates that Ray Chen is worth $10million for his skill. I was astounded to hear that $69 violin sound as good as it did in his hands.


    Conclusion? Don’t get a better instrument, get a better violinist!

  8. 1 hour ago, Michael H said:

    It’s whatever a player wants to spend their money on. It’s not uncommon to spend $350+ every 3-4 months for a string combo that feels good (cellist). It is not uncommon to spend extra on a gold mounted bow when the silver mounted counterpart has a better weight and balance point. It is not uncommon to have an expert luthier insert missing and matching purfling on previously repaired edge, when it does not enhance playability nor sound, assuming the instrument is not for resale, it gives a sense of completeness and overall satisfaction. It is not uncommon to spend hundreds on a special Krentz wolftone eliminator that almost eliminates a wolf, but not quite, while an almost as effective New Harmony (properly weighted) can be had for $10. It’s an expensive profession and hobby. Bois Harmonie, Krentz, Bogaro & Clemente, Despiau, Aubert, Otto-Infeld; just a few names that come to mind when discussing brands of accessories. Therefore, it shouldn’t be considered unreasonable, nor uncommon, to spend a lot on a handmade tailpiece that gives a player a bought satisfaction. At times, an accessory can make us feel like it improves the tone, response, projection, etc.. But does it really matter if it actually does if we believe it as a player? Often times I consult my wife after I setup a cello. “How does this sound?” After half a dozen sound posts, I ask. “What am I supposed to be listing for?” She replies, every time. To whom are we playing for aside from ourselves, really?  

    Are you serious? It is incredibly uncommon to pay up to $1200 for a carbon Tailpiece. There are other companies that produce quality carbon Tailpieces for less than a fifth of Ken’s price. Here is an example: https://www.concarbo.com 

  9. 19 minutes ago, Blank face said:

    Leon Bernardel was just a trade mark of the Couesnon shop and had nothing to do with any Bernardel family member.

    Therefore 10K would be even far too much if it's real, not to mention 23K. That's just hilarious.

    Otherwise I completely agree with Martin that the label looks bogus and the instrument seems to be a damaged  cello from somewhere outside of France and a later period.

    True, I thought he was asking about Auguste Sébastien Philippe Bernardel, I didn’t even take a look at the label. All clear!

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