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  1. https://www.thomannmusic.com/violinstrings.html
  2. Good advice. I am taking it to Triangle Strings on January 7 for their evaluation. There have been extensive repairs on this cello... I found a thread documenting the process here on the forum. I didn't know the history when I bought it, and I am a bit concerned that after the neck / fingerboard issues are resolved, in addition to a new bridge and possibly soundpost, that I might have way more in this instrument than it's worth. I'm also worried about future longevity given all the repaired cracks, but I will be optimistic and see what Triangle says.
  3. Thanks mike and baroque. And everybody else who replied I’ll take this to a luthier to see what he thinks about the entire setup. Starting with bridge and nut optimization. And adding concarbo tailpiece. Then will see about trying more string combos if needed
  4. Is there an optimum type of string (high, medium or low-tension) to consider on an instrument with a high projection? It seems that low-tension strings are more difficult to engage with the bow, compared to thin, high-tension strings, but I'm wondering if the high projection would make a normally low-tension string have a higher tension than usual. Thanks again for all the replies. I am learning a lot of things here.
  5. Thanks everybody for the advice. I need to see how much these modifications will cost, and try to prioritize.
  6. Thanks everybody for replying. Nathan, I was thinking last night that if the overstand is correct at 20mm, then the fingerboard having so much material and increasing thickness toward the bridge might be exactly which accounts for the high projection. I have a couple of choices of luthiers in my area, one of whom is a neighbor and a violin maker (Don Leister), but do you all have any recommendations for a luthier within an hour at the most from Richmond, VA, US? Another local luthier swapped out the Belgian bridge for a new French one (at his suggestion) , but as I noted earlier, it's really thick at the top and it doesn't show any signs of having been trimmed other than the profile. It cost me $250 and didn't seem to me to improve sound or responsiveness. At the same time I also swapped out the Kaplan C & G for Permanents and this did help a bit. I ordered a ConCarbo tailpiece last week, and when that comes in I am going to take the cello back to the guy who made the bridge and have him install Knilling geared pegs and the new tailpiece, and I am also going to ask him to lower the nut a bit and plane the fingerboard. However I would definitely be interested in knowing any other local luthiers those here would recommend. Thanks again, Eric
  7. 20mm. Is that what's referred to as "overstand"? Looking at this site it seems like that measurement is called the "appui": https://woodsoundstudio.com/setup.htm This cello is over 100 years old (supposedly) so I'm hoping that the top has stood the test of time, but maybe that's overly optimistic. Some other info in case it's relevant: Bridge is 96mm above the top, between G and D strings. That seems high. Using a plastic protractor, I think the string angle over the bridge is 160 degrees but I can't say that with 100% precision. Bridge top thickness is 3.5mm. That seems thick. Fingerboard thickness is 8mm at the nut, 9mm at the heel, and 11mm at the south end.
  8. It feels high to me, but the nut also needs to be lowered slightly, so after that it's possible the action might be OK. I'm an older re-beginner, and I need as low an action as reaasonably possible because of hand and wrist pain. In looking at all the measurements, I noticed the projection height and it seemed like a potential problem.
  9. I recently bought a French JT-L cello on consignment at a local violin shop, and in going over the setup I find that the fingerboard projection is about 90mm. I laid a straight-edge along the fingerboard and made a mark on the bridge where it touched, then I measured that mark to the top of the cello directly under the bridge. Everything I've read suggests that 75 - 85mm is a typical range for projection, so mine seems a bit high. What effects does a higher projection introduce? In terms of playability, sound and of string responsiveness. Thanks in advance for your time and advice, Eric
  10. Jerry, forgive the newbie question, but what is meant by the "fret" of the tailpiece? Also, when measuring from the nut, do you mean the edge of the nut closest to the fingerboard, or the edge of the nut closest to the scroll? Thanks, Eric
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