It feels herectical to say that I prefer the warmth and sweetness of my rental cello, being fully aware that it is very quiet, fuzzy/unclear, and a bit nasal on the A string, whereas professionals all say my new cello is open and very resonant. But to me, the cello sounds, for lack of better words, like a guitar...the C string is particularly boomy and twangy, the open A string unpleasant. The G string apparently is an unusual choice. Although the cello has a thinner neck and upper bouts than the rental, I somehow feel like it requires more effort to get a nice sound out, although it is considerably louder than what I'm used to.
So my questions are:
1) Is the "guitar" sound because of the new strings? Or will the new sound post and the new bridge sort of "age" and mellow out? I assume the luthier had chosen the strings best suited to the cello, so I didn't want to offend him by taking it back for new strings.
2) Is there an adjustment period to cellos (not necessarily newly made but just new to you) or do you know immediately that you like it? Does it take some time to adjust playing style to a cello? Are new strings harder to get to sound than older strings?
3) This led me to wonder, can it be that professionals have different tastes in cellos than lay-people, a bit like how wine professionals prefer different wines? And what do those descriptor words even mean, like bright vs dark, baritone, complex, etc?