It's been quite a while since I last posted (the forum even tells you to post something when you log in if you've been MIA!)
So, I had to share my excitement. I received my Gofriller Cello in the mail yesterday. I had only ordered in a few days before, so I was very excited to receive it so quickly! Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep last night. It sounds just awesome (and not in the 80's kind of way - the actual awe inspiring meaning of the word) ! I already have the Strad, but it seems that the Gofriller uses a slightly different playing technique - for the better, IMHO. The articulations seem to be more automated based on velocity and transition speed to mimic a more true-to-life, musical performance. The portamento between notes is much more reserved by default than the Strad (thankfully - I changed the default for the Strad as it was just a bit too "weepy" when trying to play a legato line between intervals of more than a third).
I was at first surprised by the octave shift when I played the first note - my ear expecting something else when I pressed C below middle C (don't get me started on the C2, C3, etc. debate - one of the few things I don't like with Sonar). However, I like having the playability in the middle of the keyboard, as it facilitates playing fast passages with both hands (I know I could just move my rear to the left side of my bench...).
My last post was a demo of Brandenburg #2 - 3rd Mvt. with GPO and the Strad. I promised Mvts. 1 & 2 and I have mostly finished #1. Now that I have the Gofriller, I can have a proper solo cello (very important for this piece, as it is very exposed - especially in Mvts. 2 & 3). I will repost Mvt. 3 soon with Gofriller in place of GPO for some comparison.
I write primarily for strings and chorus, so with the eventual release of the Pietro Pallotta viola, I'm looking forward to having a playable string quartet!
Thank you Gary, for helping us to make music! It's great to have a musician creating musical instruments in the digital realm that are capable of being expressive and providing wonderful value for the bulk of us who are starving artists!