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Cello is complete.

Posted by Chet Bishop on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

like this hasn't been a real good week, but here is the cello, playable, and looking pretty.




There are still some "issues". The soundpost is a tad too short, so I will have to make a new one, and fit it tomorrow night...I hope. The bridge is a tad too short, too, so I will have to fit a new one. Annnd..the fingerboard has an area just below the nut that is a little too high, so I will have to remove the nut, re-dress the north end of the board, and reassemble. (sigh...)


And the show is this weekend. :-)


I am taking Friday off, so maybe I can get it all together.

11 comments on “Cello is complete.”

martynspeck Says:
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @9:25:06 AM

Good luck. You're on the last length.

It looks beautiful!

Mandogryl Says:
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @10:17:11 AM

You did well. GOod luck at the show. I could never build an instrument under that kind of pressure. I applaud you.

Chet Bishop Says:
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @10:40:52 AM

Thanks. Yes, the pressure has been fairly fierce, this time. I think I will try to avoid that in the future. Don't much like it. :-)

I think I can get it all together by tomorrow evening, have a cellist friend play it, briefly to check for balance and focus, and to locate and deal with any "wolf-tone" issues.

After the show, I think I will take a break from Lutherie, and work in the garden... :-)

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @9:18:50 PM


Freischutz Says:
Sunday, April 28, 2013 @6:34:46 PM

Very pretty!

Chet Bishop Says:
Sunday, April 28, 2013 @8:37:36 PM

Thanks! the show went well. I think I may have sold another five-string fiddle. I will know for sure when the money arrives. :-)


Chet Bishop Says:
Sunday, April 28, 2013 @10:14:01 PM

The lady e-mailed confirmation this evening. I will deliver the fiddle tomorrow evening, so that is one sale, even if not the one I hoped for. (I hoped to sell a cello).

A couple of cellists came and test-drove the cellos, and were very pleased, so that was nice, too. And people were stunned to see the guitar my son's student (13-year-old boy) built, and adults are beginning to line up wanting to be tutored through the building of their own hand-made, high-quality guitar. :-)

So...all-in-all a very good weekend. I will post pictures later.


amwildman Says:
Monday, April 29, 2013 @6:15:15 PM

Some of us would rather be tutored through building our own hand-made, high-quality violin.

Couldn't make the show, but I'm glad it went well. I'll have to keep my eyes open for another opportunity to bother you.

Chet Bishop Says:
Monday, April 29, 2013 @7:53:46 PM

The lady came through with the money today, and she and I are both delighted.

There are lots of workshops, etc., for learning to build a fiddle. Where do you live, Mr. Wildman? I have coached others through their first one(s). Results vary, of course. :-)

I have completed 22 of them now, and have three or four more on the bench, and I am still trying to get a handle on it.

amwildman Says:
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @2:40:36 PM

I live in Scappoose and work in St. John's. I'm just about ready to start getting together some tools and such to start, but it could still be a few months before I actually begin building. I don't want to be an imposition, but if you don't mind, I might just pick your brain about a few things when I have questions.

Chet Bishop Says:
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @4:19:42 PM

Feel free. You will not be an imposition, and you are only an hour from my house. I would definitely have some ideas about the best way to begin, but I will help any way I can. BTW, there is a workshop in Claremont Calif. every year that (if you care to go) you would find tremendously helpful. Michael Darnton is the main teacher.

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