Saturday, April 18, 2009
Overall, the cello is in excellent condition - no cracks, no open seams, no apparent physical problems. The scoop on the fingerboard is OK... a little too far up on the neck near the nut. This won't be a problem until I start playing more in the upper ranges. He commented that I should plan to have it replaned, eventually.
The bridge, however, was warped and quite flexible - especially at the top. This made it behave like a spring, absorbing part of the sound that ought to be transferred into the cello. I asked him to replace it with a spare bridge that came with my new cello. He quickly measured it, cut it to size, planed it, and fit it into place. He reset the soundpost just a little closer to the fingerboard and slightly further inboard, with its bevels properly aligned.
Upon restringing and retuning, the cello played well and sounded nice - in his shop. I haven't tried it out at home, yet. He commented I might find it a bit bright in the upper strings; if so, I could consider alternative strings. The curve of the new bridge is a little different - flatter, better matching the curve of the fingerboard. I might have to get used to bowing the G and C strings a little more carefully.
It was an interesting visit. I got to try out a cello he recently completed (#52), which cost about twice what I paid for mine - really nice; a deep resonance. He also showed me his latest cello under construction (#53), with a one-piece poplar back.
The rest of our first trip to the big city in more than six months was quite interesting (and far more expensive than the luthier). We saw "Spamalot" with John O'Hurley. Z and I have long been fans of Monty Python's Holy Grail. Z can quote entire scenes. Shopping at all the big stores took up the rest of our time and money.
I'll report tomorrow how my revitalized cello plays at home.
hee hee. word verification is "capooli" .
My rebridged cello sounds wonderful, with more power and projection. I suspect I'll be replacing my bridge much more frequently than before.
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