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thross

Member since Nov 2012 • Last active Dec 2017

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    Ha, you might be glad that you're off to the left of the frame and actually slightly out of focus then (the timekeepers are the centre of the picture) so you still look pretty pro!

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    @dbr

    Sadly didn't get a picture, but I was flicking through December's issue of Rouleur earlier and Russ Ellis' shot of you crossing the line at the Nationals is the opening spread of the hill climb feature! Go get a copy :)

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    That said, I'm sure there are many other options, I'm just getting a bit carried away! :)

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    Obviously in an ideal world you'd be able to get her there to try it to make sure everything is right, but that's probably not going to work if it's meant to be a surprise! As long as she's average height, that should be the right size, and from the pictures at least it looks to be a fine instrument. If I had the money/played mine enough to warrant replacing it, I'd be getting it myself!

    Simon at Woodbridge's time is worth quite a lot of money too, so buying the strings and bow and having them replaced by him (and probably some other little details) probably covers a lot of that price anyway, and there's no way he'd send out a less than perfect cello after a repair, so it'll be perfect aside from the cosmetic bits which just add character.

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    Oh, not sure of your travel situation either, but I just looked on Gumtree locally to me (Norwich) and there are a couple of very nice cellos in Norfolk and Suffolk...

    Including this gorgeous 50 year old Czech one for £325. It's got new strings and a brand new bow, and was apparently recently maintained by the local string luthier (Simon at Woodbridge Violins, Suffolk) who has done work for me and is very good and a nice guy.

    If the money (and desire to drive to Yoxford and back!) is there, that looks lovely. Only listed yesterday, too.

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    Yeah no problem at all, just let me know.

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    I wouldn't say I'm a super experienced cellist, but I did some research and got my cello on Gumtree several years back, and although I've had a few problems with it I think secondhand would be the way to go if possible.

    As with anything new and affordable, especially aimed at beginners, there will be corners cut to get the instrument/bow/accessories to a 'reasonable' price, whereas a cello which has been played will hopefully have also been looked after - there's much less of a visible market for classical instruments, so I dare say the number of dodgy sellers are far fewer than with guitars and other popular 'gift' instruments around this time of year.

    Unless she's quite small, you'll want a 4/4 full sized cello (maybe a 7/8 or a 3/4 if she's around 5ft and has small hands), and I'd say you'll be looking at a couple hundred pounds. As I'm sure you're aware you can spend limitless money on instruments, so not sure of your budget, but anywhere closer to a grand will get you a very nice cello secondhand although that might be excessive for a beginner.

    If you do go secondhand, there are a couple of things to look out for. For the cello itself, the tuning pegs (at the head, and the tailpiece) should move freely. The bridge should be straight and perpendicular to the body of the cello. The soundpost should also be in place - if you look through the f holes there should be a post stood between the two sides of the cello, this helps the sound travel and greatly improves the tone - if it's loose, it will rattle around inside the body, and is a job for a professional luthier to fix. The bow strings should be plentiful and nice and clean, and you should be able to tension them (by turning the end) before the rod of the bow is straight. None of this should be a problem if the cello/bow have been used and looked after, I might add.

    You'll ideally end up with a cello, a bow, a case, and some rosin (to apply to the bow strings) and maybe some sheet music to get her started. She might want to upgrade her bow once she gets familiar with it, but that's a whole other conversation!

    Feel free to PM me with any other questions, as I'm aware this is a bit of an essay!

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    It's the equal support which is why I love going to them. Everybody cheers on everybody, regardless of ability, gender, age, or anything. It could be Kenway, it could be a random 15 year old girl, I'm going to scream encouragement at them like my life depends on it.

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    Absolutely - please document your attempts!

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    Yes! Removing the lid, filling with more deliciousness, and then re-covering - of course! How have I never thought of this before...

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