It is a wonderful thrill to sit down with the new cello after it is in tune and discover what all that wood, varnish, and hundreds of decisions sounds like. With this particular cello, I was immediately aware of how light weight the cello feels. It is important to remember that a cello is fairly large as an acoustical chamber and receives fairly substantial stress loading from the strings. There will be some formative settling and stretching taking place over the next few days as the structure begins to settle in to its reaction to these new stress loads. Until those have happened, assessing its sound is not unlike assessing a cake right out of the oven before it has fallen and settled as it cools.
So it’s not unusual to find the very first voice to be somewhat less representative of the cello’s full potential for the first few days. Still, it’s hard ot not taste the wine before it’s ready, “just to see”. And in many cases, instruments will excede those diminished expectations and start out with considerable poise and apparent maturity almost right away. While not getting it is not really a negative thing, getting the roar almost right off is definitely a plus!
When I played this new cello, it sounded very deep and full. Its response was surprisingly easy. It has edge and clarity and the A string feels turbocharged. But it sounds a little uneven. I dont even care yet. I put on Tungsten C mittel, G tungsten stark, Permanente D solo, and Jargar A stark. It sounds very strong everywhere. It feels flexible. Overall, I’m very gratified that this cello, in its first hour, offers enough raw potential to keep it in good stead. Mainly, I’m very glad it’s done!