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Mary Frances Boyce said: Apr 27, 2015
Mary Frances Boyce
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Cello, Viola
Chapel Hill, NC
2 posts

Does anyone have a solution for disintegrating foam inside the cello case getting black dust all over the cello?

Anne Brennand said: Apr 28, 2015
Anne Brennand
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
Boulder, CO
37 posts

Hi Mary Frances. This is a hot topic in my family. We have several of those old Swiss made cases. They have an awful habit of the flocking inside the case disintegrating over time, as you have noticed. That material not only sticks to the cello, but cannot be removed without damage to the varnish. (!)

I would love to know if anyone has found a solution to this problem!l

I tried taking the case to a luggage renewal company. They sprayed a foam material into the case, which had the same resulting disintegration problem over time.

The only solution I have found is to sew up a bag for the cello. Not difficult to do, if one has access to a sewing machine. Using a lightweight silky type fabric, I created an enclosure the cello could slip into, the top having a draw string, the bottom a hole for the endpin. You could also just wrap the cello in a piece of cloth first, but that is more cumbersome, if taking the cello in and out frequently.

Anne Brennand, cellist and cello teacher

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