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tenorviol

Full of frets in North Shropshire
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Should have added for clarity, bear in mind that cello is written at pitch, so non-transposing. My top open string is the A below middle C, so the Eb on the third leger line above the treble staff is a long way down the finger board... two and a half octaves down...
 

tenorviol

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In a fit of rash stupidity I volunteered to help review a charity's organisation etc (wearing my business analyst's hat). I'm doing it on a pro bono basis, apart from expenses.

I drafted and issued 30+ questionnaires to the various trustees and committees in November. Ninety percent response rate. I have attended a trustees' meeting in London and I've held Skype/phone interviews with all of the trustees (last two tonight). So far I have drafted around 8,000 words of analysis.

I've probably spent 60 or 70 hours on it so far. I'll be presenting my report in April to the trustees....
 

tenorviol

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I decided that it would make sense at my age to have a hearing test, which I duly did on Thursday. Nominal human hearing range is 20Hz to 20kHz, but just about no one over the age of 21 can hear above 10kHz.

The good news is that my hearing overall was deemed to be 'good'. There is some drop-off around 9kHz. This is common and in my case is not severe. Its does give issues hearing sounds like 'th' 'ff' 'v' and ''ts'.

I did decide to take preventative measures so I have ordered made-to-measure filtered ear-plugs with 15db attenuation. I will report properly on them in a separate thread when they arive (10 days).

Taking the impression was interesting for various reasons. They insert a little foam plus on a string into your ear canal. You then get injected with a sort of putty. This sets in about 2 minutes. The cord is used to pull the impression out. The complexity of the shape is interesting - a sort of serpentine 'S' shape. Also, my left canal is much narrower than my right one.

I will post pictures and a write-up when they arrive. If 15db is not enough, you can order other filters such as 25db attenuation.

Not cheap at £170 but at band rehearsals I sit in front of timps, drum kit, mallet percussion and 9 trombones... and it looks like we will be doing more of those dance music concerts....
 
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tenorviol

Full of frets in North Shropshire
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Trying sort of day. Started with difficult drive to work in snow and parts of the A49 were not gritted and I had to contend with some people who clearly do not understand the nature of driving in the snow...

Had to have another emergency dentist appointment to re-cement my new crown in place...

In other news, rather fed-up about being messed around, but that's people I suppose.

Better work out what torture I'm going to inflict on the ensemble next Sunday...