The Cleveland Orchestra went on a three week European tour at the end of the summer and, unfortunately, the ex-Hepton did not go along for the ride. Recently, legislation has been passed regarding endangered species materials traveling in and out of the country and many precious instruments have been destroyed or damaged by overzealous TSA agents who suspect certain materials to be present. These materials include Brazilian rosewood, ivory, mother of pearl, and tortoiseshell. The ex-Hepton has a little strip of white on the tailpiece that looks like it could be ivory. Most likely, it isn't, but I didn't want to risk any damage being done by a customs agent so I left the Amati at home, safe and sound.
Since then, though, ex-Hepton has played Beethoven Symphonies on stage at Severance Hall, performed a Glazunov string quartet at a an Earth Day benefit concert in Gordon Square, and is going to start rehearsing with three wonderful Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra students the Opus 13 quartet by Mendelssohn.
Over the past few months, due to weather changes and fluctuations in humidity levels, ex-Hepton has had a buzz caused by, most likely, and open seam. This is a very common affliction that happens to stringed instruments and it comes and goes depending on the weather. Sadly, I was not able to perform on the Amati for a few rather notable performances. I will be taking him to the doctor shortly so he'll be back in fighting shape in no time!
Soon, ex-Hepton will be traveling to Miami for a couple of weeks in February and March and we are VERY MUCH looking forward to getting out of this deep freeze that is upon us.