Tuesday, January 09, 2007

D - 2

I have a recital on Thursday, and I am in full blown avoidance mode. The best news is that my cello sounds great after having the seams glued back together. Slightly less good is that I didn't get it back until today, so I played (or avoided playing) all weekend on my back-up. Better news is that the final run through with my piano trio this evening went very well, starting cold at the beginning of the session. That bodes well. Totally suboptimal news is that rehearsal ran over just enough minutes so that I was late to meet the accompanist for my solo pieces. Late enough that he was gone already. So I guess I'll hear how those go with piano on Thursday.

6 comments:

Guanaco said...

What caused the cello's seams to open? Dry indoor conditions? (Do you use dampits? A room humidifier?)

Sheesh, now I've got something new to worry about. ;)

Gottagopractice said...

I no longer use dampits, after rotting a hole in the bottom of a 200 yo cello in spite of my best efforts to make sure they weren't dripping, but I do have a whole-house humidifier. This cello is new, and made the trip from England to the dry, cold Midwest only this past summer. This is the third seam opening I've had. But remember that this is working as designed: better the seams open than the wood splinters. Does do crappy things to the sound, though, so hopefully it will reach equilibrium soon.

Guanaco said...

Gasp, a hole in your cello from dampits! Now I do have something to worry about...

I use two dampits (I do wring them out and dry off the outside surfaces first). They are always bone-dry by the following day.

Gottagopractice said...

If it's not one thing, it's another...

Mr L said...

Best of luck. You'll do great!

Gottagopractice said...

Thanks for the good wishes, Mr. L. And great to see you here. ~s~