I've always been fascinated with conventions regarding repeats in performance practice. As stated in This sample from an article by Hugh MacDonald, a careful listener would be hard pressed not to notice that some repeats typically get taken, while others do not. Sometimes there seems to be a "rule" in place, while other times it seems like dealer's choice. My current interest in this topic relates to the cello suites, since I am preparing a pizzicato edition of the first suite (for jazz bassists looking to improve their technique, phrasing, and intonation) and recording the movements as part of an ongoing video technique series. I am finding that in the context that I am using them, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of point to taking the repeats as an absolute principle. When listening to recordings of the suites, the only reason I sometimes like them is that I get to enjoy listening to the movement for longer before the track is over, but I don't feel the need to hear each section twice... I think i would rather just replay the recording if that were what I was after. I would be curious to hear the thoughts of some of the classical/orchestral bassists on the forum about this matter. Thoughts?