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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 7296
    Sporky said:
    NelsonP said:

    Some of the best cellos are so old that they are a bit like the Two Ronnies 'broom'. 
    Most of the best cellos are a lot older than that.

    Though not quite as old as the Ship Of Theseus.

    ;)
    I'm fairly sure the reference is Trigger's Broom from Only Fools and Horses ( as in a modernised Ship of Theseus). 

    I used to have a CD of Dave Holland's solo cello pieces, the sound is just wonderful. I've had one attempt to play something on a cello and, well, I was pretty clueless. 
    Dum dum dum, dum dum de dum, dum dum dum, dum dummmm.
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 14087
    Sporky said:
    NelsonP said:

    Some of the best cellos are so old that they are a bit like the Two Ronnies 'broom'. 
    Most of the best cellos are a lot older than that.

    Though not quite as old as the Ship Of Theseus.

    ;)
    I'm fairly sure the reference is Trigger's Broom from Only Fools and Horses ( as in a modernised Ship of Theseus). 

    Erm... yes. That was the (very old) joke.

    In related news I've spotted that my cheapo bow (a mere £80ish) is now curving in entirely the wrong plane. I asked for some recommendations and my teacher is suggesting £6-800 for a replacement.

    Ouchies.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 1835

    The upside to these expenses is that if you have the necessary funds, you can actually get a return on investment on stuff you use to have fun with.

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  • NelsonPNelsonP Frets: 590
    Sporky said:
    NelsonP said:

    Some of the best cellos are so old that they are a bit like the Two Ronnies 'broom'. 
    Most of the best cellos are a lot older than that.

    Though not quite as old as the Ship Of Theseus.

    ;)
    I'm fairly sure the reference is Trigger's Broom from Only Fools and Horses ( as in a modernised Ship of Theseus).
    Yes, that does appear to be the case. Google is better than my memory.....
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  • olafgartenolafgarten Frets: 1395
    Sporky said:
    Sporky said:
    NelsonP said:

    Some of the best cellos are so old that they are a bit like the Two Ronnies 'broom'. 
    Most of the best cellos are a lot older than that.

    Though not quite as old as the Ship Of Theseus.

    ;)
    I'm fairly sure the reference is Trigger's Broom from Only Fools and Horses ( as in a modernised Ship of Theseus). 

    Erm... yes. That was the (very old) joke.

    In related news I've spotted that my cheapo bow (a mere £80ish) is now curving in entirely the wrong plane. I asked for some recommendations and my teacher is suggesting £6-800 for a replacement.

    Ouchies.

    I'm not sure if you need to, I know someone who plays the Cello in an orchestra and his bow was a Dorfler (I think that's right) that cost around £150.
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 1835
    @olafgarten That would be Dörfler, yes. The missus says if you don't want to spend a lot of money, a carbon fibre bow isn't a bad idea. The fundamentals are that it needs to be straight in the one plane and have the right curvature in the other. One should be able to realise that for £150, but bows need to be tried, each individual one is different (natural materials, innit).
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 14087
    My current bow was only £80 - I accepted at the time (and now) that it wasn't going to last my entire playing "career", but it's done OK up to now. £150 sounds much more sensible than £600 at this point so I may well get a tide-me-by.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 1835
    Which is quite fair enough. SWMBO says a well-chosen £150 bow should be just fine for you.
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  • NelsonPNelsonP Frets: 590
    Buy cheap, buy twice.

    Don't muck about. Get a Kittel or Dominque Piccatte bow. You should be able to pick one up for around £150k (!)



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  • SporkySporky Frets: 14087
    DLM said:
    Which is quite fair enough. SWMBO says a well-chosen £150 bow should be just fine for you.
    Ta chief. :)

    I was thinking a Codabow, but that can be a mid-term thing now.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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