Cello Factory

【Cello Factory】When do you need to change the tailpiece?

Tailpiece is installed to a string instrument to primarily hold the end of the strings.  The most common reasons to change the tailpiece are replacement of damaged tailpiece and tone modification or enhancement.   The main body of a tailpiece is usually made of hardwood such as rosewood, ebony, etc.  Sometime you will find it…

【Cello Factory】Modulator – an innovative and powerful tool

Wolf sound or wolf tone is dissonance created from a string instrument amplifying an overtone and expanding the frequencies of the played note.  Almost all violins, violas, cellos and double basses have wolf tones.  This has nothing to do with the quality, structure or setup of the instruments.  To eliminate this dissonance, we used to…

【Cello Factory】When do you change your strings?

Unlike the string instrument itself, be it sheep gut, steel or synthetic, strings are not made to last long.   Indeed, strings are always stretched and under great pressure after instalment.  It is obvious that the materials will deteriorate and loose tension over time which will greatly affect your performance and sound quality.   So…

【Cello Factory】Endpin and tone quality

Endpin, an essential component to cellos and double basses, is an extensible rod usually made of metal, carbon fiber or sometimes wood with a pointed tip to stick to the ground and to keep the instrument stationed.  It not only allows more stability but also has great influence in sound production.   Endpin first appeared…

【Cello Factory】How to choose rosin?

Rosin is an essential accessory to provide grip on strings and it comes in dark, amber, and light color.  Usually dark (or ‘winter’) rosins have more grip and are particularly useful in areas that have prolonged, extreme cold weather conditions, and generally produces a darker tone.  Light (or ‘summer’) rosins work better in warmer environments…

【Cello Factory】Misconception in learning cello skills – Using fingerboard markings

Many who are interested in cello may think playing skills are difficult and complicated.  So when they do quick or self-taught learning, they often opt for simple and target-oriented method – using stickers or markings on fingerboard to label positions for the left fingers.  They believe that once they can find the notes on strings,…

【Cello Factory】How to choose the right strings for your cello?

Rule 1: Get a good string instrument   String instrument produces sounds by amplifying vibrations transmitted from the string via the bridge. With quality strings installed on a quality instrument which can produce good and balanced sounds, these strings can make great differences in the sound. If the instrument is not good at projecting the…