The good news is that Stempie will survive his unfortunate fall. Although I have been very careful with him, it took only one lapse for one second to undo all of that. We won’t have to pop the top, which means it is $200 ish rather than $600-ish repair. So, I got off relatively easy, but I have learned my lesson.
And on top of that, I will get to pick up a loaner cello.