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5ths Out of Tune on 1/10 size cello

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Hello,

I have a 1/10 size cello in my shop and the 5ths are out of tune across the fingerboard.  For example, with all open strings perfectly tuned I play a B on the A string perfectly in tune, then an E on the D string and it is significantly sharp; next an A on the G string which is in tune, and the D on the C string is 1/2 step flat.

Any ideas on how to fix this would be greatly appreciated. 

Thanks!

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1 hour ago, trey said:

Hello,

I have a 1/10 size cello in my shop and the 5ths are out of tune across the fingerboard.  For example, with all open strings perfectly tuned I play a B on the A string perfectly in tune, then an E on the D string and it is significantly sharp; next an A on the G string which is in tune, and the D on the C string is 1/2 step flat.

Any ideas on how to fix this would be greatly appreciated. 

Thanks!

I picked up this same problem on cheap Chinese violins. There, it was the strings.

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Starting with 4/4 specs from Goldblatt cello specs I deduced the 1/10th size neck length down to 213.5 mm.  Is that the length of the cello neck there?  211 to 214 mm would probably be o.k., imo.

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Thank you... It was the strings.  I put the old strings back on and the fifths are in tune.  I did this several times and the new strings definitely caused the problem.  Strings for 1/10 size cello are very hard to find.  The strings I used were Dogal.  Can anyone recommend another brand?

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32 minutes ago, trey said:

Thank you... It was the strings.  I put the old strings back on and the fifths are in tune.  I did this several times and the new strings definitely caused the problem.  Strings for 1/10 size cello are very hard to find.  The strings I used were Dogal.  Can anyone recommend another brand?

Glad it's sorted. Strings are going to be a problem. I bought off ebay and some of them were good enough. But then a 1/10 doesn't make much sound anyway. Here's an example :

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nickel-Wound-Cello-Strings-1-10-Cello-String-For-Acoustic-Cello-1-10-Size-Cello-/222453638365

You might try a very high tension viola set but I doubt.

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