Saturday, January 05, 2008
Just got back from running errands, which included returning the lovely 230 year-old French cello I have had on loan while the cello to replace the one that disintegrated with multiple cracks last winter was being built. And... it's here! I visited it for the first time today, unstrung and seams open for a few weeks while it acclimatizes. It's really, really beautiful. The back is a 75 year-old piece of subtly flamed maple, with a spruce top more finely grained than my original. It's antiqued, on a butterscotch base, and really looks old to my admittedly not well-trained eye. I hope, I hope, I hope it sounds and plays as beautifully as it looks. Keep your fingers crossed.