Craig Cowing

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  1. My wife works in a clinical lab and is considered essential so she is bringing home the bacon. I just got hired as a part time hospice chaplain, and just as I finished my training the s+++ hit the fan. So I'm working a few hours a week, and doing some picking up around the house. I have restored an Indian sarangi which is really nice, am finishing making an Afghan sarinda, and am making plans to make a northern Indian sarod, using a large salad bowl for the lower chamber. I'll post pics.
  2. Personally, I'd go with Titebond II. I have used it extensively for a couple of decades for woodworking projects in general and don't know of a wood glue that holds better. And as someone pointed out above, this is not a joint that needs to be re-done in the future. You don't want it coming apart.
  3. Perhaps name it after a town that one of you lives in?
  4. This all sounds great. I've tried messing around with violin a couple of times, but as a cellist I have a lot of trouble switching around to having the strings in the opposite orientation. In our community orchestra we have several who have switched back and forth between violin and viola and seem to be comfortable with it.
  5. The Netherlands Bach Society has been posting videos of Bach performances in the last year or so. They're very well done.
  6. The "wobble" is less than a cm.
  7. You're entitled to your opinion, for what it may be worth. I play in a community orchestra. I'm an amateur who has played the cello for 52 years. I am not a professional. It sounds good and I like it. That's all that matters to me. I was just asking if this was a turn of the century thing, not expecting to be accused of "cheating." Nobody gets killed here. Lighten up.
  8. It's definitely a keeper. I had considered the possibility mentioned above that it's partly a matter of the body of the cello. It basically bounces up and down slightly as it is vibrating.
  9. The original pin was about 14". It was just a length of iron rod so I went to the hardware store and got a longer rod and cut it to length to add a few inches. When not using vibrato it doesn't wobble much. There wasn't anything on the end to keep it from falling inside the cello so I put a wine cork on the tip and that works well. I wonder if the reason that most cellists today prefer a stiffer end pin is because that's what they're accustomed to. Either way is fine, of course, and is a matter of the player's preference. I like the effect this has, so at least for now I'm going to keep it. I'm wondering if this was intentional rather than just accidental. It appears that many end pins from that period were thicker, around 1/4". I have three end pins from that period that a friend gave me, two of them that are wood with a retractable metal pin, and one that is all metal, and they are all 1/4".
  10. I play the cello and I wipe my strings down after every rehearsal and performance. I was taught this by my teacher decades ago. Buildup never becomes an issue.
  11. I agree that it is awesome. People who are incarcerated for whatever reason are still human beings and should not be forgotten, and anything out of the ordinary such as this could be life-changing. Good for him for doing this!
  12. I've got an old cello that is prob. ca. 1800ish, possibly earlier, but that's not the question. It has a thin end pin, 3/16 in diameter that I believe was added when the annotated repair of 1904 was done. I have found that this accentuates my vibrato. What I notice is that when I use vibrato the lower end of the instrument visibly vibrates. It adds a lot to the sound. Was this something that was commonly done around the turn of the century?
  13. Could you work in some cold hide glue into the center seam and put cleats along that seam in the inside?
  14. I like this discovery a lot. I totally agree. For decades my only cello was a nice Mirecort cello that originally belonged to my grandfather. I still have it although it needs some significant work. Once I freed myself from the ties to this one cello only I opened myself to all sorts of wonderful experiences. I now have several cellos and I love them all for different reasons.
  15. Yo Yo Ma has Jaqueline DuPre's Davidov Stradivarius cello and it is not his main performance instrument. Apparently she found it a difficult instrument to play, and I have seen statements to that effect from him.