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    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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    Writing, books, poetry, cello, sculpting, art, and theatre acting.

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  1. Thanks! I managed to get my mum to help me while I held it. But you're right though, I'll get some peg dope anyway in case I need to tune it again. Thanks for the advice! It'll help me a lot next time. Haha! It looks so cosy there! X'D
  2. Btw, I need to tune the A string but I'm so scared of turning the peg! The fine tuners aren't enough and the peg is very hard to turn. Any advice?
  3. Thanks! Hehe, I am not looking forward to the flea bath lol Thanks! Let's hope I can get good enough xD I'll probably post it on these forums when I make it one day Yes, but she leaves the room whenever I play it.... :/ Thanks guys
  4. @Fossil Ledges @TimRobinson @Rue @PhilipKT Ok! Sorry for the long wait, I haven't been feeling well lately and only just remembered to update ya'll :'| I took more pictures this time so you could see for yourself the nice colour on the back! So, the luthier gave it back to me last Saturday and fixed a crack he found near the f-hole free of charge and cleaned the cello up a bit! It sounds amazing! And so stronh! But my left hand isn't yet strong enough to keep the strings down consistently without scratching. As for vibrato, I'm not going to dive into it yet before I master the finger placement (why does this look like it will be hell!) though I have managed to get some decent sounding vibrato with my knowledge of the violin. It sounds OK for a first, but a little scratchy. I feel my bow hold and position are the culprits. The strings are higher than my expierences with the violin so it's hard to keep my fingers down. Guess I'll have to get the muscle. I see it's a little more difficult than I assumed (coming from someone who mostly learnt violin at home via YouTube and books) but I'm more patient with this sort of thing (I've also got a kalimba to learn too). I have been thinking though, the luthier (he's so awesome! Like that encouraging Grandpa you always wanted! Reminds me of Geppetto from Pinnochio lol) said he knows several teacher and he could help find someone that might suit me and I'm thinking I might take his advice. I have to get a job first to afford them lol, it's so hard now though! I'll always have a job open as a postie because my dad's one, but I'm going to look around first before I do. So, I'll record some sound tomorrow (open strings, because my hand is floppy and I'd probably make a million-dollar cello sound like a two-dollar one at this point lol), but I'm pretty sure this is a good cello. I'm no expert, but I've played the violin for about eight years now and I feel like my ear has gotten better for these things over time. I still need to start over learning to read music sheets and brush up on my scales. Admittedly, at one point, I didn't think they were useful and skipped to learn my favourite songs lol Admittedly though, I was like twelve and if I had been forced to go over Beethoven I would have never gotten this far. I was one of those kids who hated classical music lol I still find some boring, but I've come to appreciate it more after hearing Holst. Also, my cat loves the cello more than I do apparently.... I've had to hide it from her lol We've been having some problems with her sleeping everywhere lately (spent a whole day trying to get her off the sofa, table, shelves, fridge, you name it, because she needs a flea bath lol). Anyways, thanks for all the help! I mightn't have gone to a luthier if it wasn't for you lot and I'm so glad I did! It's like I don't have to worry about anything for once and can just get straight to learning ^^ One day, maybe when I've mastered it, you never know, I might start a YouTube channel because I hardly see enough of cellists on YouTube doing covers and I feel it's underappreciated. Thanks again everyone! Luv Mary ^^
  5. Ok, I just took it to my luthier and he said both the strings on the cello and the bow hair don't need replacement at the moment and said that they're in surprisingly good shape (must have been replaced recently)! Plus, he recognised the endpin and said he knows it' good quality becuase he made it! Who'd have thought? It must be an old one, because he said the shape of the fingerboard is made for gut strings and the reason my soundpost has fallen out is due to the shape of the bridge and fingerboard being ill aligned. He was rly nice and was so excited to show me around his workshop that we would have been there all day if it weren't closing time lol But he has a lot of work, the shelves are covered to the roof in violins! So he'll be putting the soundpost in place dor no charge and then it'll be $250AUD extra for fixing the fingerboard and cutting a new bridge. He told me he wouldn't suggest it unless my cello was worth it lol And I only got it for $20 so I have much more to spare for repairs! I'll come back next week after he's finished to give ya'll updates
  6. Oh! I will! I'm going to book an appointment for today (hopefully!) And will tell you guys the outcome later! It's getting harder to get around these days, they tell shops not to close (I think it's so they dont have to give the compensation) but then tell us we're not allowed to visit them because they're not essential??? Someone isn't thinking properly... I want to support local businesses and you're telling me I can only go to the big corp stores? So, I hope they take this as essential school stuff (it is) and pass me over. I live on a main road and hear the police giving their little warning "whoop!" at cars to pull over every few minutes x( XD haha! Nah, no way! That was a weapons tower to shoot oncoming people from Sydney from crossing the border lol Really though, I think Melbournians must have got up in arms to stop that being made. They keep demolishing old heritage houses for ugly new buildings that seem to have no reason to be there whatsoever and end up getting demolished for something else again anyway :/ I think our Melbourne Star was another try at making a landmark but it's so copied off the London Eye lol But with all due respect, our Luna Park is older and the face-front looks better. And you stole it Don't worry though, I was just joking Hehe Thanks for all the support everyone
  7. The purfling is definitely not painted and seems to tick all the boxes of real purfling. The bow probably needs a re-hair, it's a little old but it still looks like it may have been re-haired a little more recently. IDK man, I've spent some time researching the violin and cello themselves, but not the bow. I don't know why, I just never thought about it too much. It came for free included so I guess it's OK for the moment? ¯\_( º_º )_/¯ Beggars can't always be choosers. But I might get it re-haired, I'll get the luthier to look it over for an opinion. Haha XD If you mean Aussies can't make violins, you're wrong bro, there actually is a great luthier in Melbourne near me that has some amazing craftsmanship and has received recognition from André Rieu! But then, maybe that's just the Sydney rivalry coming out in ya lol JK, I love ya Sydneysiders! Pls don't come at me...ŏ﹏ŏ Anyway, guys, I contacted a few luthiers and one told me they'd do it for free as long as there weren't any complications (i.e. too short, needs a replacement, other causes to the problem) and said I could come over for him to check it over, so I guess I'll go see him and at least get a quote! :D I guess I'll be taking all your advice and will be getting it fixed by a professional. My family has a running problem of "we can do it ourselves!", (i.e. made our own computers, equipment, clothes, some sock shoe thingies ((we don't talk about that one)), and refurbished our entire old house by hand) and although that has been great on many occasions, it may not work this time lol
  8. I know right? Even if it's just for learning until I can afford something else!
  9. My mum has a friend who was a professional cellist and played for cruise ships, maybe I should ask him for advice on luthiers in our area. I will be getting all the books I need
  10. Lol Yeah, but it'd feel like sacrilege to ruin an instrument, even if I got it for $20 lol Plus, I could probably sell it off for much more than that and if it broke I'd have to scrounge around for money for a new one, so.... I mean, I just convinced my mum it was fine to bring another member into the family, this thing is huge! Anyway, about the cello; I've checked for any identification as to who the manufacturer is, but found nothing but what appears to be "MD9" written on the back. I assume this is just the luthier marking the wood pieces for future reference. It's probably from some local Australian luthier. The purfling is real, I found that out becuase a chip had come out of a small area of the edge and I could see it clearly. The pictures make the look so bad, it's a lot richer colour irl.
  11. Thanks! I did ask one of the best rated luthiers in my city and he gave me instructions on how I could do it myself and said it woild be fine if I was very careful. Should I?
  12. Actually, scratch that. I just got a second hand vintage for 20 bucks lol It's in a pretty solid shape, but the sound post has fallen. Any idea how I can get it out myself? Otherwise, I might get my uncle (who's good with tools) and my grandad (once a violinist himself) to help me.
  13. Hey, guys! Anyone have any information on a Dolfin 910 Cello? This is my first time here so I hope I didn't make any mistakes with this forum. Don't hate me o-o I'm new to Cello (though I have played the violin for years) and are looking to get one before everything gets worse with all these recent lockdown and more shops are closed as being "non-essential" (except puzzles are for some reason and I'm actually getting this for learning and career reasons, so...). I want something that I will keep for years without a need to replace it, something that would be decent enough for an intermediate player as well as a student, I just don't have that amount of money to throw around to just replace it after a few years lol. So I've been looking at second hand one's and found one, I'd like to know your opinions on it. It's labelled as a Dolfin 910 model and I believe it's made in Korea. It's price online is $699AUD but they've told me they're willing to lower the price to $550AUD. It comes with a hard case and bow. I'm pretty sure it's a newer cello, but I can't find much about it, I am allowed to view it in store, however. The sale is only for Easter though. Is it worth a shot? Or should I wait a little while before making a decision? I know $550AUD isn't much for a Cello, but hey, I'm a lonely pauper, alright? That's a lot of money for an unemployed 19yrd student and that's all my savings of ten years gone until I can find a job to compensate (I'm trying, it's just that I've left school at the most inconvenient time in history). I'm not flinging it on something just because it's cheap without some thought. Anyway, here's the adverts so you can get a look at it: Official website: Gumtree advertisement: s-l400.webp