For once, something isn’t broken or just plain old wrong with the cello. In fact, everything about here is within the range of what’s “normal” for a cello. So, leave it up to me to think of something else that needs to be fixed (If it ain’t broke, find something wrong with it!)
During one of the many visits my cello and I have recently had with our luthier, he mentioned that her bridge is a little farther away from the top of her body than average, although it certainly is within the realm of what’s acceptable. This extra distance is about 5mm, which also translates into about 5mm extra length on the strings. Then today I was playing some 1/2 position extensions and I realized I can’t actually extend the difference between, say, E flat and G on the D string. No matter what I do, I’m a couple mm short. It’s not a problem exactly — it’s easy enough just to shift the rest of the way — but I’d really love not to have to deal with it.
Then I was working on my 2 octave B flat major scale. Due to the laws of physics, it gets harder to push the string down as you go up the fingerboard, but I nearly can’t push it down all the way. I can do it, but I end up getting really tense and everything starts sounding really crunchy. The distance between the fingerboard and string is, again, “normal.” But that can be changed up or down a couple mm either way as long as there’s enough wood on the bridge.
I called my luthier (poor guy can’t get rid of me) and he said that yes, these things could make a difference. A small one, but still a difference. But when I’ve been wishing things were different by a mm or two, a small difference is all that needs to be made. So, I’m bringing her in next week to see what he can do for her to make her just a tiny bit more comfortable for me to play. If only I didn’t have short stubby little girl fingers I wouldn’t have to pester my poor luthier so damn much…