Weighting the Foam-a-lin

said: Jul 6, 2009
 8 posts

We have been pre-twinkling with a Foam-a-lin. It’s been quite nice, except the Foam-a-line is of course quite lighter than a real violin and it’s time to get used to the weight of the real deal. Does anyone have any clever ideas for weighting the Foam-a-lin so it feels more like a real violin?

Laura said: Jul 6, 2009
Suzuki Association Member
358 posts

Don’t have experience with the foam-a-lin. But when my daughter used a cardboard violin (the kind that was printed on the top to actually look like a violin—I think you can get them from Shar), she had a beanbag “shoulder rest” which provided the weight. Wasn’t a perfect replicate of the weight distribution of a real violin, but it was better than nothing I suppose.

said: Jul 8, 2009
 8 posts

Thanks, purple_tulips. I could make one for them and see how it works.

said: Jul 17, 2009
 8 posts

In case anyone finds this later, I wound up using a strawberry huller hanging from the “fingerboard”, but a suggestion was made on the teachers forum to try hanging some plastic monkeys (from a Barrel of Monkeys) down until they reach the floor. That sounds like a fun way to weight the violin without being too cumbersome.

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