Saturday, June 13, 2009

Scelsi 4th Quartet problem with cello tuning up

Nerdy stuff: I've coached the Scelsi 4th quartet a few times and each time we've experienced problems with tuning the cello A string up to C. The string snaps under the high tension. I recently discovered that using a 1 mm gut string solves the breakage problem. These can be found where viola da gamba strings are sold. Thanks to Guust Francois, Amsterdam luthier par excellence, for helping out!