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Bellafina ChinCello Outfit16" viola dimensions with interior body modifications and specially designed strings combine to make a chin-position instrument that has the sound of a cello. With a ChinCello, the strolling string quartet becomes possible, and a ChinCello is the perfect choice when performing space is limited. It's also lots of fun to play.
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I found that this instrument surprised me with its depth of sound. On the lower strings you do have to put a lot of power into your bowing, but the instrument responds with loads of sound. On the D and A strings the instrument is sweet and mellow and most enjoyable. It is quite different from a violin to play, but great fun and just right for dragging round from one place to another with a group of fiddlers. I too had an issue with the "C" string failing. I replaced the failed "C" string with an octave violin "C" from supersensitive. I also rewound the "G" string on the "C" string peg. The new "C" string went on the "G" string peg. The string is a little too short for the instrument, but this is not critical for the sound. [Some of the end winding projects over onto the fingerboard]. New purchasers, enjoy your instrument!!! Like I do. Cheers Chris Bacchus
I wrote a long review on this whole new and fantastic experience on my newly created blog. I don't play BellaFina but I play a very similar instrument. YouTube videos, information on concerts and CD releases can be found through my blog. It is also a place to share ideas about chincello with experienced players. Long live Bellafina, carbon fiber chincellos and all chincellos as a whole! Blog address is right here: http://chincello.blogspot.com/
This instrument intrigued me ever since I saw it at the ASTA convention. Finally ordered one and was I surprised at the tone and feel. This instrument will work in a pinch and I'm thrilled with becoming a member of the Chincello Society. Keep up the good work.
Remarkably nice sound for such a small resonating chamber. Fun to play, nice narrow neck and good dimensions for the violist. I believe that I will find this useful on those Christmas Eve Midnight Mass gigs that had no cellos available or those weddings with string trio that have to move around a lot. I am currently learning to play cello (on the real instrument) but have to break myself of the habit of reading bass clef on the viola (always on the lower two strings). Already, the chin cello (which I prefer to refer to as an "octave" viola) is helping me with this (minor) problem. My students are intrigued with it and are understanding the concepts behind pitch/string length and string thickness/density. Thank you guys for bringing this instrument to our attention.
I have not played cello before and I was a little apprehensive when I purchased my chincello. When it arrived, I was amazed with the sound and found it much easier to play than I had expected. Recently, I was playing my chincello in a studio with the door closed. A person in an adjoining room had asked me where I had purchased my full-size cello! The person asking was a musician and he was certain it was a full-size cello and said the sound was very nice. I am very happy. I play violin in a chamber ensemble and would like to incorporate the chincello... I rated 4 stars only because I'm so new to the world of cello.
My new chin cello arrived this afternoon and I immediately began putting happy "miles" on it. The sound is quite warm, much more so than I thought it would produce. It has a rather nice feel, very comfortable to hold and certainly is an interesting, very unusual instrument to have. I took it immediately to my local music store where it drew a small crowd of technicians and string players. The only complaint I have is that the C string immediately failed, but WWBW offered replacements immediately without any quibble at all.
The instrument is well set up, and feels like playing a 16" viola. Good sound level, and clear tone. Will need to work on the correct bowing technique, esp. for the lower strings, to allow for the slower vibration rate of the low pitch. The only issue I've had is, like some other reviewers, the low C string failed less than a week after it arrived and I tuned up. WWBW is sending me a replacement as soon as they restock, but since this is an ongoing problem I suggest trying either reinforcing the string where it goes from the end wrap to bare metal on the peg (the string is a little long, so tuning up causes the bare metal part to bend more to wrap a bit onto the peg, and this is where it's breaking) with something like heat-shrink wire tubing (from an electronics store) or perhaps shift the G and C strings so the C is on the upper left peg and doesn't wind to the bare string.
I am another proud member of the ChinCello Society, yet I have yet to receive a membership.
I am 63 years old. My 60 year goal was to teach myself to read music. My daughter and 3 small grandsons all took up fiddle. I bought my violin 4 years ago and by age 60 I achieved not only the goal of reading the treble clef notes to about 200 fiddle tunes, but l also earned to play the fiddle pretty well on my own without a teacher. My next goal is to learn the f clef. I considered the cello but realized I would have to learn to use a completely new set of muscle memory etc. Then I discovered the chincello which was the perfect instrument for my purposes. After dealing with the common 'c' string problem, I also had a problem with the tailpiece tailgut failing. I am so happy to report that with the help and support of WWBW, I have a beautifully sounding instrument. In fact, I can play all my fiddle tunes from memory on the instrument, although they are in a different key. I will need to learn the notes to this low octave instrument. I would rate this a 5 if it were not for the couple problems mentioned here. WWBW solved my problems, worked with me and replaced the needed pieces immediately at no cost. I am grateful to have such a reputable company helping to make what might have been a terribly frustrating situation into a very good experience. I love the instrument so that I simply had to find a way to make it work! The sound is incredible. When I visit my children next time, we will have a complete combo with this chincello addition. I'm thrilled. Thank you!
I just got my ChinCello yesterday that I ordered from WW and BW. What a fascinating instrument! I can't wait for the next few weeks of learning to play it (I already play the cello) and taking it in to the orchestra for the first time! I think they will be fascinated with it, too! Thanks for offering this. I've looked for something like this for a very long time, and, now, it's like a dream come true!
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