Yes! The way to successfully avoid work is to practise the cello loudly for an hour!
(I can’t feel my left hand from the wrist to the base of the fingers. It’s a very odd sensation. Or lack of it, I suppose. All that vibrato, you know.)
I am so incredibly pleased with the sweeter tone the luthier coaxed out of this cello with the new strings and the bridge. I noodled about with ‘Itsumo Nando Demo’, trying out different slurs and phrasings, then played through some of my lesson stuff again. All in all I’ve done about an hour. Most excellent.