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  1. I just got a new bridge for my Montagnana cello yesterday and I'm finding out that the height between the end of the fingerboard and the bridge is 7.5mm at the A string and 10mm at the C string. I have Jargar medium gauge strings on the A and D and Spirocore, tungsten wound (also medium gauge) on the G and C. Aside from the string height, the my cello sounds much more beautiful with the new bridge and the only problem is the facility to play it. Should I bring it back to the guy who worked on my cello or just learn to live with the high strings?
  2. Hello MN. I've been making several violins and but non of cello. Having lot of time in the house during this period of COVID-19, I decided to start making my first cello that I haven't tried. I thought sharing the process of my work here would motivate me to keep work. Since i'm still in the leaning process of violinmaking, please excuse clumsy skills and I hope there would be not many harsh criticism. but any constructive feedback will be always appreciated. and since english is not my mother language, tell me if there is anything that you don't understand. Alth
  3. Hi, I had my endpin without a rubber tip, all the way retracted into the cello, and had knocked the sharp tip on the floor straight down, making a loud cracking noise on my floor. Could this have damaged the cello in any way? Thanks!
  4. Hi everyone, Topics about octave violas have appeared on this forum in the past, such as Viola to Chin Cello and "Octave Violin" & "Octave Viola"; however what is now available on the market appears to have changed. I have a Yamaha SVV-200K with a vibrating string length of 373 mm, which the Electric Violin Shop modified for me to be able to play on the Super Sensitive Sensicore Octave Viola strings and tuned exactly like a cello. Initially these strings were fine; however within months, they would repetively snap by themselves inside the case (either at the ball end or the peg e
  5. Good day everyone, i decided to pickup the cello about a month ago. i quit smoking and was looking for a reward/ distraction. Ive played electric bass off and on for 20 years. I purchased a super cheap cello on eBay and im in love. Tuning this new instrument has proven to be a pain. getting accustomed to the friction tuners is a struggle. I used my tuner that i have for my basses and guitars. Then i downloaded a tuner app and then another. All three are giving me different results. any advice on a specific tuner/ app that works best for cello. Im about to download a tone generator
  6. Hi! I am new to this forum and thought I would get some insight on a cello! I bought this cello maybe a 1.5 years ago from a man who had it in his attic for a while, does not remember how it was acquired or that he even had it in his attic. It did not come with a case and was in very bad condition (my guess due to extreme temperatures in attic). The varnish is completely gone, there are cracks on the front of the cello, roughed up sides, scratches all over, and the seams on the side & where the neck meets the base were open, etc. Clearly this cello was not cared for at all, additionally,
  7. I blame Philip I live in an area with a dearth of instruments. Every now and then I see what's available in the neighbourhood. This is currently the only cello on offer. Is it a stripped Markie? Back looks nice. Cracks on the front concerning. Set-up looks questionable?
  8. What are your favorite things you've heard a luthier say? My favorite was when one day I was showing an instrument of mine to luthier Nick Frirsz. He looked it over for several minutes with a rather inquisitive expression and said: "Well, it's pretty cool. It was made by someone, who was sitting next to someone, who knew what they were doing." I got a big kick out of this and will never forget it. I still have the instrument, which has since been restored and is really quite exceptional, and I think about that line all the time.
  9. I’d appreciate any insight you can lend about this instrument. I’m a lawyer but have a performance degree from Cleveland State and play with the Johnstown Symphony, which is a small orchestra with a $500k budget. I’m sure I’ll continue to play throughout my career, and am now on the board of trustees and players committee. I share that background because it relates to my perspective. My high school teacher (cello professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania) is selling this instrument for $17,000. I was her last student and we have a “Tuesdays with Morrie” type of mentor relati
  10. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-07-22/the-mystery-of-a-stolen-rare-cello-has-a-surprise-ending The image revealed the luthier’s label, visible through one of the curlicued f-holes. Across it was a note inscribed in the feathery pen of the master himself: Pour la petite Comtesse Marie 1834. “For the little Countess Marie.” “I could hardly believe it,” she recalled. The cello had been given to her as a child by her father; nearly 40 years earlier, it had been stolen. Custom-made for the daughter of a French aristocrat two centuries ago, it was a
  11. I was planning on buying some gut strings for one of my cellos. Does anyone here have a particular pair of gut strings they would recommend? They could be pure gut or gut core strings.
  12. Does anyone out there in internetland recognize this music or is it just a cello improv? I’d like to find the sheet music if possible. Oh, and the fellow (Vincent) is super funny. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUaZSVcD7UI&lc=z223vnjzusbjep0rz04t1aokgnmubovgd2klfwjadlx4bk0h00410
  13. Looking for some guidance here, label says Paul Bailly but it looks German.. Sorry the photos are not more clear! Taken from a listing. Thanks in advance.
  14. Hi All advice on good string combinations
  15. I have come across a label that has “antic” written with 2 stars. Does “antic” mean something regarding instruments?
  16. I took lessons with a folk cellist last year, who gave me a pretty beginner song to play. But she didn’t believe in writing anything down, so I tried to scribble down what she was doing as she did it. I haven't looked at this in about a year. The scribbles are hard to parse & I'm really hoping someone just knows the song. Here is what I know: The whole song is G and D string. I know that the (1) is all on the G string. I know that, at minimum, the DEGE on (2) is all on the D string. But what’s near the end of 2, I didn't even know and just guessed. C? D? G? On which string?
  17. 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
  18. Hi All! I am a professional orchestral cellist and have been gifted this cello. Unfortunately it is about 1500 kms away from me (now with a family member who is not a musician) and I can't travel at the moment for obvious reasons! Looking for any ideas as to what it might be (or might not be!) Here is what I know (and don't know!) about it: -Was made prior to 1900, most likely in the 1880s or so. -Came to Canada from England. -No label -Seems to be short but wide from the look in the case. We only have the string length measurement, which is full-size (27.5 inches).
  19. I have a 2008 Alois Sandner Model #8225 cello that I bought a few years ago at Ifshin. I'm trying to ID it so that I can resell it. I would appreciate any help with this! Thank you so much! (Yes, one of the strings has broken so I'd need to get it restrung)
  20. I had a few questions about this cello. First of all, has anyone ever heard one (not heard of)? Would this classify as a fairly well-built American cello? Ebony insert/purfling on the neck, or is that just an inked line (probably)? And, is there any benefit to the lining construction? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F264676299826
  21. DON’T DO IT! https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F283782169430
  22. I am searching for an appropriate string combination for an older German cello that I have on my bench. With Larsen Magnacore mediums, it is far too crisp and tinny, with a good amount of projection. With Versum and Versum soloist, it is a bit brighter with more overtones. Larsen mediums are a bit too soft, lacking projection, but response is not accompanied by the tinny bite found in the others. I have only experienced Warchal brilliants one other time, years ago, and only remember the result was good, but do not remember how that specific cello was with different strings. Do any of you know
  23. Hi, i am thinking to buy two cellos (for me and my dauther) a Degani Giulio di Eugenio cello from 1896 and Vincenzo Sannino 1922. The seller says that they are in a good condition and the Sannino was regurarly played. What is your opinion about the price? He is asking cca. 4000€ Are they worth that? Here are some photos: Degani -5 photos Sannino -6photos Thanks in advance.
  24. I've been lurking on this site for the past few months as I have done a complete rebuild on my cello - which I purchased on craigslist for $250 last Summer. I'm an engineer by education and have been taking things apart and putting them back together my whole life. After doing an initial set up, I wasn't happy with the sound, especially of the D string. I started with carving a new bridge, and have since carved 4 more, always trying to improve my skills. I tried different sound post positions taking notes about how it affected the sound. I then researched fingerboard undercutting and tap
  25. I have a request to make a cello that would be better for travel for a gigging musician (rock/jazz music, but sometimes classical). He noted the David Gage Czech-Ease bass (http://www.czech-ease.com/). Any ideas on how this unusual size/shape affects sound? What about other compensations- graduations or bass bar? I found a few allusions to an improved bass bar on these over the years, but I'm not sure how it looked then or looks now. (https://www.talkbass.com/threads/new-improved-czech-ease-model.373533/#post-4817868, https://www.talkbass.com/threads/czech-ease-basses.