The unthinkable has happened. Sometime between my cello lesson and orchestra rehearsal yesterday my cello disintegrated. I viewed the first foot-long crack with anguish, then sat in stunned disbelief as a half-dozen more seemed to magically appear, another each time I looked down. To say that the Frozen Tundra of the North does not agree with this nearly new English instrument is an understatement. But hearing at the end of rehearsal that the sibling to this cello, purchased only two months ago by a fellow student, had developed a large crack this week also leads one to wonder about the characteristics of the wood this maker used.
Well, all of that will be sorted out eventually. I'll take this cello back to the shop in the morning, and come home with a loaner while they figure out the best thing to do. Too much to think about right now. Oh, BTW, the cello sounded great yesterday. The release of tension appeared to agree with it.
(1) 11 in. belly, treble side of tailpiece, from edge to ~ 2 in from lateral edge of bridge foot, just lateral to soundpost.
(2) 10 in. belly, centered under tailpiece, from saddle to about length of tailpiece
(3) ~ 6 in. belly, from upper edge, ~1 in. lateral to treble side of fingerboard
(4) ~7.5 in. belly, from upper edge, centered under fingerboard
(5) ~5 in. center of upper bout rib, treble side, extending across the upper treble corner
(6) ~5 in. center of lower bout rib, bass side, extending up from endpin hole
(7) numerous small cracks in center bout ribs and extending across corners
(8) ~1 in. belly, extending up from lower f hole, treble side