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December 29th, 2010

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11:53 pm - Travel cello fail and massive procrastination guilt
UPDATE 12 pm 12/30
Captain Robert and Nathaniel Johnstone are the bomb-diggity and I think everything is solved. Thanks for the well-wishes, everyone! I am out the door now, wishing for pleasant TSA passage. :/

UPDATE 9 am 12/30:
1. if I haven't gotten an offer for a bow case by 10 AM I am trying Cremona. If they do not have one I will use a rental/borrowed bow in Seattle.
2. if I haven't gotten an offer for a cello to borrow by 1:00 pm Nathan is sweet enough to inquire after a rental cello for me. Either way I will bring my pickup up even though it's kind of a pain to install/uninstall.

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I've made a huge mistake. I have a massively important show in Seattle on Friday, am leaving tomorrow, and am now scrambling to find a cello to play.

I need these things:

1. in San Francisco, before 11:00 am 12/30, a bow case. I probably need to own one, and would be happy to buy one, and maybe Cremona Strings who open at 10 am have one they'd sell me.
2. in Seattle, a cello that I can play Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday night. Ideally one with a pickup, or an electric cello. I don't care if it's a good cello, it would be nice if it's a decent one. Nathan (Abney Park bandmate & musical friend) is being so awesome and looking into renting one for the weekend when shops open up there, tomorrow, and I'm going to see if someone through Classical Revolution knows someone with a cello they aren't using, or something, that I can borrow.

The story:

The last time I played my electric cello it sounded OK (in Phoenix). I planned to take it to Seattle tomorrow. It's pretty expensive to check my acoustic cello in its flight case (and worrisome to let it out of my sight) and though it must be legally free to gate-check musical instruments, it's impossible for me to maneuver the cello in its flight case, plus luggage, through a terminal.

I put off practicing with the electric because it doesn't feel as good to play, but I dug it out tonight at 10 PM and plugged it in, and was horrified to find that either the proprietary cable or the pickup-bridge were failing, cutting in and out.

Though the electric cello was made in Seattle (Jensen, traveler model), I have no hope of getting parts fixed or replaced before tomorrow night's rehearsal (and of course, shows Friday and Saturday.) If I knew for sure what it was, and if I'd tried it out last night, I could have called some shops and found a replacement cable. Since I don't even know if the cable is the problem, though, I don't want to carry the electric up (with all the security hoo-ha about what the end pin is, etc) with such a dismal outlook on it working out.

I want to take my bow up because my bow is awesome, though I'll be fine using another bow if I can't get a case in the morning.

I feel extremely stupid and negative right now. I guess if Friday night's show weren't such a big deal, which is a good thing, I wouldn't be so bothered. It probably doesn't help that I saw Black Swan today (instead of packing) and everything is tinged with this paranoid certainty that anything I'm excited about will end in tears.

I'd help people out if they were visiting SF and had similar circumstances.
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Date:December 30th, 2010 08:09 am (UTC)
I wish I had a way to help out, but I don't have the resources in the musical end of the community I used to. I'm sure something will come through and it will all work out. I'm looking forward to seeing you!
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Date:December 30th, 2010 08:19 am (UTC)
Geh. My mother's gone to bed, but if I see her before I leave for work in the morning, I'll ask her if she's got any contacts that might be able to help.
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Date:December 30th, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)
I wish I could help in some way as well, other than offering encouraging words...I don't know any cellists in this area, unfortunately.

Trust that it will all work out--go with the good moments from another series of films with Natalie Portman in them (i.e. Star Wars, even though those three were kind of crappy...still, the Force, and all that!).

I hope you travel safe in the meantime, and I'm sure all will be well--Nathaniel is nothing if not extremely resourceful, and you'll be in good hands with him, I'm certain! And, we shall be there on Friday night to see when it does!
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Date:December 30th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
I forwarded this on to a friend of mine with an electric cello (although his may be in the shop?) and asked him to check with people he knows as well. I hope this works out as I was reeeaaaally looking forward to hearing you play again!
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Date:December 30th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)

Glad it sounds like everything is working out!!

If you're ever in DC, you can definitely borrow my pickup'd cello, as long as I don't have a show that night!

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