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As others have written and commented, this is almost surely meant to dampen sympathic vibrations between strings. Some players do not welcome this kind of resonance when they play. Others welcome them. As someone noticed, this is looks like a cheap color cello and you can see its bridge. A skilled luthier can select and fit the bridge (and the length of ...


You can try Duport's exercises, Boccherini's sonatas or even french baroque sonatas that were written both for cello or violin. If you are willing to play baroque cello, with gut strings and a copy of a historical bow, I recommend you to look for Tartini's letter for Maddalena Lombardini. All these resources are on imslp.org. Hope it helps!

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