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I just put a wonderful set of cello strings on Ada
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I just put a wonderful set of cello strings on Ada. She is my Andrew Schroetter German made cello, 1983. She has the narrower waistline and more bulging belly than Monte and Belle. She was loud and bright. Needed to tone and mellow her down.

i wanted to get Obligato, but they are too expensive. Pirastro also made Aricore and the writeup was similar to Obligato. I ordered those. They are lovely, even with my playing. Unfortunately, they have been discontinued by Pirastro. Figures. I am giving them another week. If I still like them, I will order another set for a backup before the stock runs out.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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I picked up another cello today.  A String Works Maestro 

i picked it up for $51.00, needs strings and tailpiece.  Am wondering what strings to get.  Reading up said it comes stock with Kaplans.F0495E49-BC08-4F00-85B7-12226AEA89DF.jpegImage Enlarger561F66DE-F3C9-4006-B8CE-A98979944D2D.jpegImage Enlarger4EC19317-41CB-4E53-883D-AC5C81BAD422.jpegImage Enlarger

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@steveduf 

“I picked up another cello today.  A String Works Maestro 

i picked it up for $51.00, needs strings and tailpiece.  Am wondering what strings to get.  Reading up said it comes stock with Kaplans.”

Depends on what you want in sound, I would think and what your cello can do. I believe Kaplan are steel core, but could be wrong. I never used Kaplan.

I have Spirocore and Larsen on one of my cellos because I wanted it brighter and clearer. I have Preludes on another for a deeper less tinny bright sound. Not a fan of those Preludes. I don’t really like them on that cello. As I stated when I started this thread, Ada, with the solid wood carved body, narrower waste and more bulging belly was really robust, so I put the Pirastro Aricore on it. Write up was like Obligato (also Pirastro), a lesser price. So far, I like them.

Pretty much depends on your cello and what you want to try to make it sound like. The prices at Fiddlersop seem pretty good. Many are on sale. 

Do you have a good old set you can try on her and get a feel for her sound?

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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Amazing find, @steveduf ! Beautiful flamed back... glad it found the right folks to nurse it back to it's original health 🙂 

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cid said

Depends on what you want in sound, I would think and what your cello can do. I believe Kaplan are steel core, but could be wrong. I never used Kaplan.

I have Spirocore and Larsen on one of my cellos because I wanted it brighter and clearer. I have Preludes on another for a deeper less tinny bright sound. Not a fan of those Preludes. I don’t really like them on that cello. As I stated when I started this thread, Ada, with the solid wood carved body, narrower waste and more bulging belly was really robust, so I put the Pirastro Aricore on it. Write up was like Obligato (also Pirastro), a lesser price. So far, I like them.

Pretty much depends on your cello and what you want to try to make it sound like. The prices at Fiddlersop seem pretty good. Many are on sale. 

Do you have a good old set you can try on her and get a feel for her sound?  

I have a new set of Prelude’s that I was going to put on the one I need to cut a new bridge for.  Problem is that Mackenzie and I won’t necessarily  be a good judge.  

This will probably end up in the hands of one of our high school students if it sounds decent.

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Does this cello have a narrower “waist” and a slightly (not a whole lot) more prominent belly on the front than the other cellos? It almost looks like that in the top photo. Ada, my German Andrew Schroetter I just put Aricore strings on, has the slightly thinner waist and little more prominent belly and she roars with steel core. Way too much. It is hand carved and very different from Belle and Monte. Not sure if it is the shape that makes her roar with the steel cores (other cello with steel core does not roar like Ada did), or the wood, something else, or a combination. It was not a bad roar, just not what I wanted, or needed for playing in my house. 

If it is shaped like Ada, and the shape is what gave it its roar, the Preludes will probably be good. They are too muted on Monte and I find them hard to play on. Of course, I am still learning. I have a hard time playing on them. Maybe it is response? I am not experienced and just figuring out these terms, but I read where some string comments are, “good response”, “quick response”, “slow response”. I would think that would be subjective, though. I think it would depend on cello, cellist, bow and rosin. 

I would just go ahead with the Preludes because, from the picture, she looks like she has the features of my lovely Ada (Ada would not fit in the case I use for Monte and Belle. Bridge was a little high due to belly - we measured her later.) They can always change up the strings, down the road,  if they need to.

My Prelude strings did not seem to last long, they have actually sounded rather dead for about 3 months, and they have only been on about 7 months. It is only played here at home and rotated with Belle and Ada, as I obtained each of the other two cellos. After I purchased Belle at the pawn shop, I brought Belle to lessons and Monte was only played at home. But, I am no expert and maybe I am thinking that as compared to the steel Spirocore and Larsens on Belle, and then later the huge sound from Ada. Again, I am still learning, so my experience with Prelude, is probably not the norm. They did have a nice warm soothing sound on Monte when they are newer.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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