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Mikola Ptashnikoff

My first cello.

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Sorry for my English.

I live in Minsk, Belarus.

I repair guitars and made few for myself. Rock vocalist and guitarist too:)

After watching videos of 2Cellos I started to like cello.

My elder son started to learn play cello in music school.

I was repaired your 1/4 cello (moscow factory cello).

And now I think to make new cello for him.

I think 5 strings cello will more interesting.

Not so easy to find good tonewood in Belarus.

I planning to use simple wood (plain maple).

Also think to make not full classic cello

But with some modern feature.

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LOL...I'm not editing...too funny.


Great minds think alike...even across oceans and continents...with the help of Google... :lol:

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Several days ago I started to search 5 string cello fingerboard

Searching at ebay.

So many indonesian ebony fingerboards from china makers.

But I know that Ceylon or Sri Lanka ebony is really cool:)

I found indian maker WBO with high grade ebony fingerboards

But he has 4 and 6 string cello fingerboards

I agreed with him about the production of 5 string fingerboard

Today I paid my custom fingerboard

Before order fingerboard I drew in coreldraw

and found correct dimension

Thanks to Jitesh Jain (WBO) from India to help me with fingerboard!


My 5 String cello fingerboard dimension:


Length: 580 mm

Width at Bridge Side: 75 mm
Width at Nut Side: 39 mm


string spacing

Bridge: 61 mm

Nut: 30 mm


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I like quarter cut but it's really difficult to find:(

After 4 hours of selection at furniture factory

I found few peaces of spruce

But it is wet spruce

need to wait until spring to dry

I think 2 peaces with quarter in center and 2 another to sides


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This is how it works:


For making furniture, you need furniture wood.


For making instruments, you need tonewood.


Distantly related, like Neanderthal and Homo Sapiens.

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