What to use for cello chairs?

Angela said: Aug 19, 2011
Angela Villanueva
Suzuki Association Member
Cello, Viola, Violin
Naples, FL
25 posts

What do most people use for cello chairs. I have a grow with me chair for my son that I bought used but I see that they are $75 to buy new from Shar. I like the adjustable wooden chairs that I saw online with John’s cello chairs but they are about the same. I just don’t feel comfortable recommending something that expensive. The drum stool things look even more unstable than the grow with me chairs. Any ideas?

Angie Villanueva

Barb said: Aug 20, 2011
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Hi Angie,

When I first started teaching I found I had two bulk laundry detergent buckets which were the right heights. I made covers for them with foam seats. I have seen plastic step stools stacked to the right height for a child. Some of my students purchased wooden stools from a hardware store for about $10 and cut them down to size. They don’t grow with the child, but even if you have to do this three times before the child is big enough for a more standard stool or chair it is not as expensive as the purchased adjustable stools.

Martha Brons posted instructions for making an adjustable cello bench here. None of my students’ parents have ventured to make one yet, though!

It is inconvenient for the student to have to carry their own stool to lessons, but I found that once I started having them bring their own their posture and intonation improved as they were always sitting the same.

Barb
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Mark said: Aug 25, 2011
 
Suzuki Association Member
20 posts

Hi Angie,

I love this design because it grows up with the child from 5 years to Adult. It is fairly easy to build if you have a few basic tools and a table saw. I have built 3 for use in my studio and the child simple chooses the chair and height that they use at home. Then, they don’t have to cart their stool to lessons and yet there is the consistency from home to lesson. Sometime before I started using these chairs with my students, I discovered that one of my students was practicing on the end of her bed! Not very good for posture!!

Angela said: Aug 25, 2011
Angela Villanueva
Suzuki Association Member
Cello, Viola, Violin
Naples, FL
25 posts

I would love to see the chair. I don’t think the link or the attachment
works for me though. Could you repost, please?

Sent via DROID on Verizon Wireless

Angie Villanueva

Barb said: Aug 26, 2011
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Angie, the pictures didn’t work for me on my email, but after logging in I can see them.

Barb
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Angela said: Aug 31, 2011
Angela Villanueva
Suzuki Association Member
Cello, Viola, Violin
Naples, FL
25 posts

Thanks!

Angie Villanueva

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