A cello journey – part IV

Last week left off with me planning to commission a cello from Peter Paul Prier.  I was still playing my 1995 Widenhouse cello and David Forbes bow.  I chose to attend Butler University and attended the Aspen Music Festival the summer before my freshman year. The...

A cello journey – part III

Last week we left off with me beginning my senior year of high school, still playing the LaMay/Poulsen combo and increasingly interested in modern cellos.  Fate intervened as Sally, my cello teacher, heard of a cello Kurt Widenhouse just finished for a customer who...

A cello journey – part II

You’ll remember from last week’s thrilling blog post about my first two cellos, we left off with me beginning my sophomore year of high school, having spent most of my freshman year forgetting everything I’d learned in middle school and having yet to...

A cello journey – part I

There is a story behind every instrument.  Each musician brings their personality and experiences and the instrument gives them a voice.  In this next series of blog posts, I plan to share the cellos that I have owned over the years.  While that might sound like the...

Illness and instruments

Hello, my friends! The topic of illness seems to be top of mind for everyone these days, and for good reasons. I’ve begun to see some articles and videos floating around regarding cleaning string instruments in a way that would kill the virus. I thought it would...

GEWA cases

I’ve always been a fan of GEWA cases.  My first good cello cases were Jaeger cases, now owned by GEWA.  I’ve been a fan of the IDEA series cello cases which are various refinements of a basic case design that is decades old.  Snap bow closers and a...