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Can you tell the difference between a one million dollar cello and a $5,000 cello?

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    Loire
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    It never ceases to amaze me the sound that comes out of a cello. I may be talking out if my ass here but I believe there is a discernible difference between all three. The more expensive cellos...

    It never ceases to amaze me the sound that comes out of a cello.

    I may be talking out if my ass here but I believe there is a discernible difference between all three. The more expensive cellos seemed to hit a broader range of notes, especially along the deeper sounds which sounded richer and fuller on the most expensive cellos. In my opinion this can best be heard comparing 3:15ish, 5:10ish, and the 8 minute mark. The difference is especially noticeable between the first and second instruments.

    I can appreciate great craftsmanship but whether the difference between number 2 and number 3 is worth $820,000 is a different question altogether.

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      TemulentTeatotaler
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      It's important to have tests like these double-blinded. Knowing you're dealing with a Stradivarius can effect the way you play or prime the way you listen in a powerful way. Even the order you...

      It's important to have tests like these double-blinded. Knowing you're dealing with a Stradivarius can effect the way you play or prime the way you listen in a powerful way. Even the order you listen or the warm-up of the musician can throw some bias in.

      To my knowledge when it's been properly studied, professional musicians can't really tell the difference between a top-end professional instrument and the $1mil+ instruments.

      A bit coincidentally I was listening to a cello-heavy music group. If you like cellos you might like Zoe Keating who has a couple "One Cello x 16" albums.

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        MimicSquid
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        Zoe Keating is top notch. I've had the pleasure of attending a couple of her live shows, and the degree to which she is an orchestra unto herself never ceases to amaze.

        Zoe Keating is top notch. I've had the pleasure of attending a couple of her live shows, and the degree to which she is an orchestra unto herself never ceases to amaze.

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          vord
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          In that vein, Imogen Heap will be of interest to those in this thread. A Renaissance woman by almost any definition.

          In that vein, Imogen Heap will be of interest to those in this thread.

          A Renaissance woman by almost any definition.

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            ChuckS
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            I think Sebastian Madgwick, creator of the Madgwick IMU filter, makes custom gesture-control gloves. I've listened to her while working with his algorithm before I found out they worked together haha

            I think Sebastian Madgwick, creator of the Madgwick IMU filter, makes custom gesture-control gloves. I've listened to her while working with his algorithm before I found out they worked together haha

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            1. vord
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              The gloves themselves are the Mi.Mu gloves, with a stellar team behind them. I might be mis-remembering, but I swear she demoed various early prototypes circa 2005-2007 in concert. She had a wide...

              The gloves themselves are the Mi.Mu gloves, with a stellar team behind them.

              I might be mis-remembering, but I swear she demoed various early prototypes circa 2005-2007 in concert. She had a wide array of gear to be a one-lady orchestra.

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