@Mouse just an aside. I am a big fan of The Sons of Liberty. They play mostly 18th century music. They played at the The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail program at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace last week. They sent me a copy of the video which I uploaded to YouTube last night.
One of the brothers plays the cello, and he was explaining, before they played the theme from The Last of the Mohicans, how in the 18th century there were no cello end pins and how the cello was held. He does not use an end pin for authenticity reasons. Thought this, and his playing style in this song and the next, might be of interest to you.
The part I am talking about starts right after the 33 minute mark in this video if you are interested.
I have Cello playing for music lovers, a self teaching method. It seems pretty decent so far.