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  1. I can’t find a chart that shows this yellow and brown string. Based upon thickness for being a C string, I believe it is tungsten. Does anyone have an idea?
  2. 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.390085/#post-5062693) I'm also trying looking at some ergonomic, oddly-shaped instruments to get an idea, but I've only come across pictures that are not helpful for building. Another thought I had was a normal-shaped, fractional size body with a 4/4 scale length. Anyone have good resources, or experience with unusually shaped/sized instruments?
  3. I've posted this to Pegbox instead of Fingerboard because, although my issue is playing, I suspect my solution lies in my equipment. I started playing cello about a year ago. The most difficult part I've found is getting a nice tone at the start of each note. I'm not sure how to explain it, but the bow grabs the string and holds it for a bit before it lets go. It is worse for the low strings, for when the bow is closer to the bridge, for playing higher tones on each string, and for slurs. So, slurs on the higher notes on the C string sound really really bad. I am not sure how to resolve it. I've tried various things suggested by my teacher but they don't seem to work. It's frustrating because I know that I can improve other parts of my playing by practising. But practising doesn't help if I don't know what to practise. Then last week I tried my teacher's cello (with my bow) and it was wonderful - this issue almost completely disappeared. So, it is mostly an equipment issue, not me. I have an inexpensive (read cheap) laminated student cello. I cannot afford to buy a good quality solid wood one yet. But, is there anything I can get adjusted or done to my cello by a luthier that would help? What would be the biggest differences between my teacher's cello and mine that would cause this issue? Thanks, a newbie
  4. I had this cello pegged as a German factory cello circa 1960 based on the body. I adore these celli for their tone at a relatively low price. Before the work to be done, I set it up first to see if the tone is worth the work. I did not notice this at first, but the scroll is partly translucent. Now I’m not really sure what era this cello is from as I have never seen it before. Purfling is scratched but some idiot ran a black market around the back plate, which is not coming off with water and steel wool.
  5. I realize this topic has been discussed, but not quite like this. I have an old cello that has a fingerboard projection of 74mm. This is quite low, 6-8mm by modern standards. The cello sounds good, and is a bit meaty. I am afraid that if I boost the projection, it will only become more meaty and harsh. I have found that celli with too low of projection tend to sound like I am playing on pillows, though this does not. Do I keep it with a French bridge that has a lower arch, or do I correct it? Does the 82-84mm standard apply to older instruments?
  6. I have my opinion, partly because of the South France location, as well as the condition looking new, crisp varnish, corners looking French (but more like the corners I’ve been seeing in some newer Romanian and Chinese instruments), plus some more. I am curious to see if I am missing something that would push my opinion away from thinking that this is a newer instrument, slightly buttered up to look old. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F392396673046
  7. *sigh* Any takers? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F383136963934
  8. I have an old German factory cello I am getting into playable shape and I am wondering what the general consensus is with machine head pegs? I think they are clunky and unattractive and would like to replace with regular pegs. Thoughts?
  9. Please tell me this is atop the ridiculous discoveries upon a neck removal.
  10. Not a remarkable bow, by any means, but the playability is quite a bit better than most German cottage bows I have owned. Pernambuco is well-figured, in my opinion. Regardless, it is just a standard nickel-mounted German bow circa 1960. Have I overlooked something?
  11. I have purchased a Krentz wolf tone eliminator for my son as a gift upon his return from travels early next month. In the process of looking up installation, I noticed several cellos that have developed a circle of worn varnish due to the top magnet and/or felt protection. Is there a way to avoid this? I’d rather have a systematic plan prior to gifting the eliminator, or just find something else to give him.
  12. So I'm thinking more and more about purchasing a cello from a maker or seller online. And while recommendations for a reasonable place to do this are welcome, this post is mainly addressing my concerns for the delivery of said instrument. How are instruments shipped? (I'm in the midwestern US if that has any impact) What dealers ship reliably and pack them well? Do you guys trust online delivery and returns? Of course most sites claim to have integrity and to thoroughly pack and protect their instruments, but I'm curious if everyone's experiences are overall good or bad. Especially since Cellos are a lot riskier to ship than smaller stringed instruments. I've heard people say their setup was compromised, or that their instrument arrived safe and sound and even in tune. Thoughts?
  13. Hello to all We are selling a large collection of aged tone wood for violin, viola and only one piece for cello the collection dates back to 70's and 80's. Pieces are mixed canadian and european - the Luthier has passed. We would like to sell as a lot however would consider selling in bundles the list of what we currently have. Violin tonewood - $25 each solid pieces - 175 joined - 135 carved violin plates - $25 ea 1/2 pieces - 30 Viola tonewood : 30 pieces $30 each Cello - 1 piece and 4 bridges - $100.00 Scrolls : 20 roughed in and 20 refined - $20 each 3 neck blocks - make me an offer - as seen in the pics Ribs - many many ribs in a variety of lengths - please inquire as I am not sure how many you would want for violin they range from 4" - 12" (over 600 pieces) for cello they are 5" wide and range from 14-24" about 25 pieces dozens of assembly spools(handmade) - would consider an offer Moulds - I currently have about 6 different ones as seen in the pictures - $50 each Please send me notes with your inquiries - I will consider all reasonable offers on pieces as well as the lot - we will adjust the pricing for purchase of the entire lot - please inquire!!! shipping presents challenges - however i am open to appointment times and will gladly help you load!! We are located in Windsor Ontario Canada thank you!
  14. The cello is a nice Caressa and Francais. The player is extremely meticulous about the varnish surface. When the varnish becomes dull at the shoulder and on the upper back he is a sort of freaking out. 2 weeks ago I tried to fix the problem with brushing on the affected area a thin layer of clear varnish and let it dry for 1 week to make sure that it hardens out sufficiently. the player is not too enthusiastic about a protecting plastic sheet on that area. i am not too enthusiastic about some commercial durable varnish (for boats), because I don't know how reversible it is. I am almost thinking of a breast rest (similar to a violin shoulder rest) to solve the problem. Anyone here on MN had the same problem?
  15. I have a cello made by Tetsuo Matsuda made in 1985. Overall the build quality is amazing. The cello is more on the heavy side. The sound of the cello is alright. The g and c string in overall in my opinion a little weak but it may be just the type of string used. On the A and D strings, it has larsen and on the G C string it has spirocores. There has been damage done the the cello. It had a neck graf and it also had a little chip taken off and glued back on on the left-hand side. It's hard to tell but I seems like the cello has a broken neck but reglued back on. I was just wondering how much the cello would be worth nowadays in the market. Thanks for the help! If you want more information, just reply to this topic. If you want pictures, I can post some if you ask. Thank you so much for the help
  16. Aside from being converted from a viola de gamba by Stradivari, the adjustable neck is very interesting. Can some one explain how this works? http://collections.nmmusd.org/Cellos/Stradivari/10845StradCelloViol.html
  17. One of my son’s cellos has a strange buzz coming from the fingerboard. It is not the string buzzing on the fingerboard, the string height is great and the scoop is perfect. In order to correct it I place my finger underneath the fingerboard and press up (away from the top plate). It is also remedied by slightly pressing downward on the top of the fingerboard. We have tried a little sticky-tac on the underside of the fingerboard to experiment with no effect. So weird...
  18. I’m borrowing a cello from my aunt, it’s been sitting in a closet for upwards of 13 years. I was trying to tune it and the strings were so low, but I couldn’t tighten them anymore or they would snap. I’m pretty sure I need new strings, does anyone have any stores they recommend buying from?
  19. Lyd

    Just got a Cello

    I just got a Cello. It had been sitting in my aunts closet for a long time, and when I got it out the strings were very lose, and some were off the pegs. It’s a Knilling cello, but I’m not sure of the make, model, or even size. Any tips regarding to setup?
  20. I keep seeing Ernst Reinhold Schmidt instruments popping up and am wondering about the varying quality. Some can look very nice. I know this topic was briefly discussed awhile back, but in cellos, for example, the prices can vary by many thousands. It was mentioned that some can be very fine, but what is “very fine” for a large workshop/factory? Or did Ernst himself actually play a role in the building of certain instruments?
  21. I travel quite a bit for work anyway, but it would be an extra trip to check this out... turn it into a father son trip? What do you think? https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/msg/d/britt-mittenwald-early-19th-century/6804253086.html
  22. This is a smallish 7/8 cello that is on loan to me. I am very curious about how old it might be and of course, who the maker might be. The person who was storing this cello seems to know nothing about this cello except it’s “old”. Help appreciated!!
  23. I have a fine old cello on my bench right now that needs a new bridge. It’s in now because the cello was bumped and the bridge was broken. I had cut the previous bridge for it and put my usual spread in the feet, but I found that the feet spread wider as the months went on. I suspect this happened because this cello had a rather barrel-like arch and string tension and the arch shape encouraged more spread than usual. Now that I’m cutting another bridge, I’d like to avoid this issue if possible. My question is as follows: Would you put extra spread in the feet when cutting this bridge or leave it alone? I’m concerned about overloading it with too much pressure and I want to avoid using a wider bridge because the bass bar is far enough in that I really don’t want the feet any farther apart.
  24. I've been asked to fit a set of cello fine tune pegs. I have fitted Wittner violin pegs on occasions , work fine but they protrude (pegbox to collar) more than the standard distance As they are very pricey does anyone have any experience of how well they last or which makes are best? Wittner, Knilling and Peghead seem to be the only makes around. Any comments gratefully received! Keith
  25. Hello, I am a cellist in Australia trying to find the cello of my dreams (no easy task in this part of the world!). Can anyone help me out with information about this maker? I have just come across a cello dated from 1981 by this maker. It is very hard to get information about the overseas makers here in Australia, and what they should be worth…...