Hear that sound? Is that the bow grinding harshly on the string? Is that a loud metallic buzz in a tuning peg? No, that's the sound of my teeth gnashing, gnashing, gnashing. $3,600?
*sigh* It could be worse. Much worse. My viola is worth about that much - and cellos are, of course, more expensive than violas. I tried many more expensive instruments, and none of them played for me as well as the one I am considering. It's a good thing I don't have my heart set on a Steinway Grand or anything, right?
I also need a new bow to replace my current bow, otherwise known as The Complete and Utter Piece of Shit, and a hard case to replace my flimsy gig bag. So here are a couple of options.
$400 pernabuco bow which I tried in the store (once again, worked better for me than many more expensive bows)
$445 Bam-style case
However, Quince will give me a discount, and I can get the whole lot for $4,200.
$109 carbon fiber bow from Music123
$100 hard foam case from eBay
Total: $3,809 (I'd pick up a few other things from Music123 while I was at it, like a pendulum metronome and a set of strings.)
I don't fucking know.
I'm going back to the shop later this week to play the cello again for a while.
In completely unrelated news, Matt is coming to two days of the Gamut retreat next week! I am very glad, not least because we won't be spending ten consecutive days apart. And I think he'll enjoy it despite himself.