I play in an amateur string quartet and we've started rehearsing for a recital in the middle of next year (the time will no doubt fly by!). We will be having a break as a quartet in the early part of next year as our 1st violinist will be having a baby - which is, of course, great news.
In people's experience, is there value in the rest of us rehearsing as a three? I'd like to but having no 1st violin is definitely going to sound different. But I'm thinking that there must be some gains to us in concentrating on our ensemble, dynamics etc. And there will be a few tunes to be shared around!