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Electric Cello For Practicing?
Additional info about using an electric cello for practicing requested
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June 15, 2019 - 8:29 am
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@Irv 

You said in a different post that you are practicing with an electric cello. I was wondering, can’t the strings be heard with an electric cello, too? I mean they won’t have the acoustic “bellowing”, but even if the cello is not connected to an amp, can’t you hear the strings, anyway?

Are you connecting it to an amp and just having the volume down? Is there a big difference between the sound of the practice electric cello and the acoustic cello which requires an additional learning process?

Are you connecting the sound to head phones? If so, isn’t it bulky and affecting your bowing?

Do you have to buy an amp, too? Can you use a regular electric guitar amp, or do you need one designed for the low cello tones?

Any other info that I did not think of asking about would be greatly appreciated. In the meantime, I will search for info on it for a while. I do my cello a LOT. My husband does not complain and says to go ahead and do it, but I do try not to be a bother. If I was better, I would consider it giving him a concert, but there is no way anyone would pay a penny to hear this! LOL

Thanks

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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June 15, 2019 - 1:47 pm
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@cid and others.  

I had quite a leaning curve with the electric cello.

I started by using the headphone jack with the provided battery powered amp built into the cello.  The cup of the left ear of the headphone kept banging into the lower peg, which was annoying.  They do make a one ear headphone for electronic games, but I started to enjoy playing without a headphone.  

I am using steel core opera strings that were given to me by another forum member, and I am very impressed with them.  The c string is awesome.  I started using a=434 to make pressing on the strings easier on my left hand, and after a couple of months of that, I raised the pitch to a more “manly” a=435.  It will likely take me a year to get up to a=440.

Before use, I am cleaning off the string rosin with a copper scouring pad.  Very effective.

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June 15, 2019 - 2:44 pm
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Thank you.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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@cid .  I do not know if this is relevant to discussion, but I am using a akusticus plastic tail piece on the electric cello.  Seems to work very well.

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@cid and others.  I am pondering the benefits of having a lesser angled cello to lighten the load on my right hand thumb.  I like the idea of the stahlhammer end pin but not the cost for same.  Noticed a Chinese clone of the stahlhammer for about $100, so I sent for one.  Has not come in yet.  I will likely be the first to use a “bent” end pin on a Cecilio solid body cello in the US.  

I will let you know how I like it when it gets here. 4E38412D-7A40-416B-884D-E72F09EE983D.jpeg

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June 16, 2019 - 4:40 pm
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@Irv 

My instructor uses a bent endpin. Not sure if it is the expensive Stahlhammer.

Here is a link to a discussion about it and other options:

http://www.cello.org/heaven/mb.....entpin.htm

Some said it rattles. Some said that rather than get their cello fitted with a Stahlhammer, they went to the hardware store and got an aluminum rod and bent it where necessary and the angle necessary. They now have the original straight and a bent endpin. There were a couple threads I read, not sure what it mentioned exactly in the link above, but all the threads I read had good info.

Some people did not like the feel of the cello, others did. 

Some people had to get the endpin hole drilled bigger because it would not fit. They can’t go back now. Not sure why they can’t just get a straight endpin to fit the new hole of they want to go back to the straight style.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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@cid .  I am competent enough to replace an o-ring as necessary, so no worries about potential rattles.  I own pipe benders for various diameters of pipe, so that option is available to me as well.  

Next on the list is a small performance platform.8660A441-0B49-448B-932A-7D305AB554A7.jpeg2926290C-72CA-461C-AB8C-75FE1F4CDB72.jpegImage Enlarger

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June 16, 2019 - 7:26 pm
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@Irv

With all these changes, will you ever have time to play it?

blurry_drunk-2127      😂

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