PreTwinkle Foam Cello

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Mark said: Jul 23, 2010
 
Suzuki Association Member
20 posts

Does anyone know where one can purchase a ready-made foam cello? I have attempted to make one and my results are not quite saisfactory for the time and expense I have put into it. Any tips would be welcome!

Karra said: Jul 25, 2010
 Cello
51 posts

I haven’t seen any for sale, so I can’t help you there. I made two from the pattern and materials list I got in Suzuki book 1 teacher training, plus a little bit of advice from one of my adult students who is a sculptor (sticking anything to foam, whether it be cardboard or wood, is difficult… unless you use caulking!). It would have been easier to make them if I had a band saw, but alas, I don’t, so I made them freehand. They’re not as nice as I would like, but the kids don’t seem to mind.

“It may very well be music that will one day save the world”— Pablo Casals

said: Aug 1, 2010
 2 posts

My wife and I had the same trouble finding a foam cello for our 3 year old. I had reasonable success making one, and have been contemplating small scale production. I’m thinking of getting a die cutter to make the process easier, but would have to sell several to make up for the investment. Is this something anyone would be interested in?

Barb said: Aug 22, 2010
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Graftonkr—

I would suggest you offer this on Cello Chat as well http://cellofun.yuku.com/ where you will find more cello teachers!

Is the block on front to guide the “bow” in?

Barb
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said: Aug 27, 2010
 2 posts

Thanks for the tip!

Yes, the grey block is a guide for bow placement.

Jean said: Sep 7, 2010
 1 posts

If you aren’t handy, there is a foam cello available for $95 from Young Musicians, Inc., called the “Foam-a-Cello.” The website is ymonline.com. I haven’t tried it, but have been thinking of buying one.

Monica Lacombe said: Aug 3, 2012
 5 posts

I already sell foam violins and would like to know if there is a market for foam cellos. If so, I am happy to add them to my inventory if I can get assistance with getting the word out.
Please feel free to email me with your comments and suggestions and I will get to work. Monica. [javascript protected email address] www.twinklemat.com

Ian Salmon said: Aug 3, 2012
Ian Salmon
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Addison, TX
21 posts

I purchased a foam-a-cello from Young Musicians last year and I have to say that the quality is outstanding. I have been a long-time user of their foam-a-lins and was very happy to see these come out! It’s an investment, but it should last.

And the YM people are just great. They support the North Texas Suzuki scene so much.

Ian Salmon
Violin and Viola Instructor
Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas
www.SuzukiMusicDallas.org

Monica Lacombe said: Aug 3, 2012
 5 posts

I agree. Young Musicians are a wonderful company, but the foam cello they have is $145 and as you said, ” an investment”. I carry the same foam violins as they do (actually I now have new ones that I think are even better.) I was looking at a significantly lower cost option for parents to buy as opposed to an investment piece for a teacher. Thanks for your prompt reply. You might also check out the Twinkle Mat for pre-twinklers and twinklers. It is a great product.

Barb said: Aug 3, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Ian, the cellos Young Musicians carry now are different and sell for $145—not foam. They do look well made, but it would be nice to see a less expensive foam cello. Monica, I’ve responded to you in another thread.

Barb
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