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  1. 51 minutes ago, matesic said:

    Maybe if they'd just stop pretending to be Wayne and Garth and find another schtick.

    Who cares about that though? They are bringing classical music to a much wider audience than you and me. The same thing happened when people started complaining about Andre Rieu and his shenanigans. As long as more people get education and access to the world of classical music, I’m fine with it.

  2. 12 hours ago, duane88 said:

    If they sound better to you, then they have value. Not every instrument responds to a Pernambuco tailpiece, not every player likes what they do, if anything.

    They already have a monetary higher value regardless of my opinion. I’m trying to find out if that objective value translates into better acoustics.

  3. I had the privilege to perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under his baton in February 2019, together with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich. There were two performances and we all knew that this would be the last time to see him conduct, as he already announced his retirement. Rest In Peace!

  4. 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?

  5. 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!

  6. 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?

  7. 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...

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