Pix 1-5 show Eric, in his living room, opening the case, inhaling the varnish, admiring the back, remarking on the sharpness of the endpin, and laying the bow on the strings for the very first time.
6. Eric is warming up for an NYP rehearsal in his chair onstage at Avery Fisher Hall, using the new cello.
7. Eric is warming up for an NYP rehearsal in his chair onstage at Avery Fisher Hall, using the new cello.
8. Pictures 8-9 are taken out in front of Avery Fisher Hall, just before being chased off by some cops who said we needed a permit to take pictures!
10. In photo 10 we meet Bruno Price (left), cellist and cello expert at Machold’s Rare Violins, holding Eric’s Wiebe cello #61. On the right is young English cellist Robert Ekselman, owner of Wiebe cello #32, which Eric is inspecting.
11. Photo 11 introduces Julie Reed Yeboah, David’s first apprentice and now many years later, shop foreman of Machold’s in New York.
12. Eric and Robert comparing instruments and posing with David.
13. Eric and Robert comparing instruments.
14. You can see side by side these 2 beautiful instruments. Eric’s cello is the one on the right.