Katrien vdmeersch

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  1. Johuabeyer, I really wished I could be there. But Dallas is along way from home and not so easy to travel to from Europe . (looked it up) I hope that there will be a sort of transcription of the lecture.
  2. Goodmorning, Twcellist, of course you can do whatever you want but you have to consider some practical "details": the fingerboard has to be larger that a 4/4 fingerboard. So that will be a new one. The bass bar will be not on the right place for the 5 strings: replacement of the bass bar. The bridge will be also not wide enough for the 5 strings, so a new one. The pegbox has to "host" 5 pegs: is it large enough? And than you have also to consider the fingerboard projection and the belly thickness etc ...(I think I don't mention everything here so.) So, if you want to experiment a bit and if you want to see if you really want a cello piccolo it is an option. Otherwise it is a waste of your money. But it stays an option.
  3. Good evening JacksonMaberry, I must admit that I don't really like the Brothers Amati cello. Shame on me, perhaps. So I decided to talk to a lot of cellists who are playing a 5 string cello and I asked them the + and - points of their instrument. So, with that in mind I designed my own model. Why not? Isn't it Picasso who said something about being an artist or being a copyist ? I am not pretending that I am an artist but I want to build instruments for the musician. Not for any competition. And yes, strings shouldn't be a problem. But when you want a C string on a violoncello piccolo with a really bass sound, they have to make it specially for you. They don't have that ready made. On the other hand I also made a "modern" violoncello 5 string and it is a full size cello with a low F string. So it really depends on what you want. What do you want to make, to build, to play on etc. and than go for it. Good luck!
  4. Hello, I read the paper of the Japanese foundation and there conclusion is a bit strange. First they don't use gut strings. So it is a modern cello with a "modern" E string. I can believe that that E string gives way too much tension on the body so it will also sound that way. When you want a full 4/4 cello 5 strings the best option is to build it with a lower F string. Beautiful sound!!! About the really beautiful recordings of Anner Bijlsma: there is the possibility that he played the E string and after he finished he tuned it to a D, so that the string didn't break. I don't say he did it that way, it is just a possibility. There are other musicians who does that. There is in Eugene,Or a prof. Marc Van Scheeuwijck who did quite a lot of research on the violoncello, viola da spell and the bass de violon. Interesting papers.
  5. There is perhaps a problem: what is functional? I have always learned, through history, that the evolution of any kind of string instrument depends on the evolution of the string and its material. So from the moment you had wounded gut strings, the instruments could be smaller and so on.... And than you have the E string: what is the breaking point of that string on a 4/4 cello, a 7/8 cello, a 3/4 cello and....? Would you like it to be an E or do you prefer to have it in D - which is also a possibility. And the fact that fractional sizes weren't established is a bit strange because you had all kind of sizes of instruments. It is us, the "modern" society, who wanted to give them numbers like 4/4, 7/8 etc. So, whatever you decide to make, look at the strings,. You can't play an instrument without the strings.
  6. I have made two violoncello piccolo 5 strings. Designed it myself and based on the proportions of an Guarneri cello, with some modifications on the CC’s. they have the string length of a 3/4 cello, with the E string in gut and it works just fine. Ben Swartz has one of my piccolo cello. You can ask him as a musician how it works. i shouldn’t go as far as a 1/2 cello. You should always consider the strings. With a 1/2 cello you will be having problems with the C string. good luck! katrien
  7. Thank you! I ordered the book and I am now hoping to see/hold it/read in it/ next week!!
  8. Hello, in my search for a good bowmaking book I found the book written by John Stagg. Does anyone know if it is still available somewhere? thanks, Katrien