Cello bench

Harry Marenstein said: Feb 12, 2017
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My eight year old is outgrowing his Adjustrite Jr. bench, and we are trying to avoid spending $180 on the next level of this seat. Even if we were to get it, we’d still need a portable (well under the staggering 18 lbs. of the Adjustrite) chair to bring to lessons, group class, etc.

As my son is very fidgety, a drum throne is too tempting for spinning, and a collapsible X-Style keyboard bench makes it impossible to anchor the rock stop.

Any suggestions?


Briana said: Feb 14, 2017
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Just to make sure we’re talking about the same thing, is this the Adjustrite Stool? http://www.sharmusic.com/Accessories/Chairs/Adjustrite-Junior-Stool.axd#sthash.HCqJvHdl.dpbs

Is he using a Xeros endpin stop with a strap? And that’s why using a folding X bench wouldn’t work? If so, I can see your point and I don’t have an Adjustrite suggestion for you.

However, I’ve tried every rockstop known to man and I am in love with the Black Hole. http://www.sharmusic.com/Accessories/Endpin-Anchors-Stops/Dycem-Black-Hole-Cello-Endpin-Stop.axd#sthash.owWv2IA0.dpbs It is amazing. If he used one of those, he could use the X-style folding bench.

I hear you regarding the drum thrones. I share a studio room with a percussionist who has two of them and generously allows me to borrow them. They are very spinny. :)

Harry Marenstein said: Feb 14, 2017
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Thanks for your quick reply, Briana.

Yes, that’s the bench he’s outgrown. And yes, he’s using the Xeros.

We actually have the Black Hole. It’s great, except for a few issues that are not the fault of the product. First, because he struggles to be still, it’s hard for him to maintain a consistent spot in which to play. The Xeros forces him to put his cello in the same position repeatedly. The Dycem can be moved around. The second issue is that the school where he takes his lessons and group classes is mostly wood or tile floor. We’re in the NE USA. Winter makes these floors very dusty and dirty, and it’s near impossible to keep the Dycem clean enough to maintain the necessary friction. If the school kept the floors clean, yes, but it’s in the music building of a public college. Maintenance is poor and foot traffic is high. The Dycem kept sliding. It was getting irritating for him and his teacher, so we switched to the Xeros.

Briana said: Feb 15, 2017
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Well, darn it. I’m sorry I don’t have a better answer.

I have 8-y-o students who not teeny tiny, but who are too short for the drum thrones even when they are spun all the way down. For them, we use regular metal folding chairs. Have you tried one of those for him recently?

Briana said: Feb 15, 2017
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There’s also the option of a homemade endpin stop that consists of a rope attached to a small block of wood with a loop of rope attached.


That’s pretty much what got me through high school, only it was my dad who made it. :) You’d probably have to make it yourself and customize the length of the loop of rope to go around the foot of the X bench.

Harry Marenstein said: Feb 15, 2017
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You really did your best. I appreciate it very much. If the larger Adjustrite were lighter (and cheaper) I’d go for it. It’s a really well-made chair.

Thanks again.

Anne Brennand said: Feb 16, 2017
Anne Brennand
Suzuki Association Member
Cello, Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Boulder, CO
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Have you read this past thread, considered making your own bench?

I too support the Black Hole. If washed in soap and water before use, it can withstand dirty floors.—Anne

Suzuki Association Member
West Orange, NJ
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I will attach the directions I hand out for making an adjustable cello bench.
It only goes as low as 11 inches, so sometimes I need to use small chairs for my 4 year-old beginners.
It does go high enough for an adult, and I sometimes use one myself when performing.
Martha Brons
Inventor the CelloPhant® bow accessory

Attachment: cello_bench.pdf

Anne Brennand, cellist and cello teacher

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