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  1. Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll tune them both up and play them to compare. As for adjusting the nut height, why isn't that something I could do myself? I could file it down a hair and (carefully) cut new slots for the strings. Of course a luthier would do a better job, and faster, but why shouldn't I give it a try?
  2. I wondered that too. It looks to me like solid wood. But I can check again. As for ease of playing, the one that's better set up certainly plays better, if only because the strings are lower. But I'm willing to adjust the nut on the the other to lower the strings on that one, too. I guess I was curious to know if the details I mentioned were purely cosmetic or had anything to do with the overall quality of the instrument. I'll try the sound test. I have both of these cellos in my possession. One was given to us by someone at a school, the other I bought when looking for parts to build a travel cello.
  3. I've been using my son's cello to learn on and now am getting my own. I have the choice between two. Both have no label and are probably Chinese made. The construction is slightly different, however. The first has figured wood on the sides, and the back is one piece. The second has no figured wood on the side and the back is two pieces. Does this matter? The second may be a little better set up: the strings are closer to the fingerboard at the nut (about 1mm vs. 2mm on the other). It also has a crack on the top that's been repaired. Any advice based on these differences?