I saw the cello today. It's plastic, but the color is very nice and isn't obviously plastic. It comes with a hard case (elastic straps so the doll can carry it on her back) a bow, a music book, and a tiny rosin. The rod on the bottom extends to make it the right height for the doll - like a real cello. The scale seems to be about right.
Post by sarahgregarious on Sept 12, 2011 8:21:32 GMT -5
But with no music stand, no cello stand, and I heard the rosin isn't real but the original violin's was (though I wouldn't know what a real one looks like), I feel this is a really pricey toy for just displaying (as it makes no noise, whether it be electronic or actual because the bow isn't functional). $48 should have been $56 and included the stand at the very least. How's the poor girl supposed to read her music?
Post by Dragonslovedolls on Sept 13, 2011 6:27:59 GMT -5
I got the 'cello set for Christmas and love it to bits. It's true that the rosin is fake (I have an older AG violin set that included a tiny piece of real rosin) but I think better that, than no rosin at all.
The catches on the 'cello case are plastic too but I think the case was well done. It looks like the one I had, only mine didn't have elastic straps (I'm guessing newer ones do).
As mentioned in the post above, there is no music stand with the 'cello unlike the earlier violin and flute sets, but Alex can always borrow the one belonging to either of those, or simply play by ear.
The thing I had more trouble with than the lack of music stand was finding something suitable for my doll to sit on to play her instrument. I finally upturned the laundry basket that came with the (nonAG) washing machine and put a cushion on it to make a low stool. Even though you can adjust the height of the instrument with the rod at the base, it doesn't come out quite far enough and most of my doll sized chairs were just too high: the rod doesn't always stay where you pull it out either, there's no means to lock it at any particular height as with a real 'cello.
Overall though, I'm just so thrilled that AG even MADE a 'cello in the first place that I have to give it an A. Yes, it's plastic and cannot actually be played, but it's a really lovely doll accessory, it looks good and does not look obviously plastic.
Edited to add dimensions:
Length (excluding end pin): 31cm With end pin extended: 34cm Body depth/height: 3cm Neck (measured from where joins body) 11cm Fingerboard is 1cm wide just below tuning pegs, widens to 1.5cm at end. The 'shoulders' are 9cm wide and the 'hips' are 12cm. The bow is 18cm from end to end.
Edited to add a couple of pics:
With Gotz doll (She's a friend of Sarah/Hannah whose name escapes me at this minute!)
Post by misselizabeth on Mar 23, 2012 10:28:06 GMT -5
A cello isn't really an ideal instrument for a doll with no elbows, but it is so cute! The case is a little plastic-y for my taste, but overall the quality isn't too bad. I do like that it has elastic straps on the back of the case so the doll can carry it. It is a bit tricky to get a doll a good sitting position to stay and hold the instrument, but it's still very fun! My main complaint is that the peg that you pull out of the bottom to get it at the right height doesn't stay, it often just falls back in when the weight of the instrument is on it. I give it an A-
I play cello, so when AG came out with this set, I just had to have it! But not at the $48 price. Waited and got it on sale in summer(?) 2014 for around $28.
It's plastic, but I like that it's shiny. Good for display, but I'm extremely careful with it. I worry about the "strings" breaking or bending out of place. As well as the bridge getting snapped.
I like that the doll can carry the case, but HA! if the doll is going to carry the case with the cello in it. She has to stand in an awkward position to balance the weight properly. The straps are black elastic, which is nice. Very easy to get on the arms.
The accessories like the rosin and book are nothing special. I like that the rosin comes out of its case though. The book is rather thin and flimsy.
It's nice that all of the pieces can fit in the case, as they would with a real cello. The ribbons to tie the neck in the case are nice so that way it's not bumping around.