The instrument is finally out there. Shane from Florida is now the first owner of a v.7.1 Magnetic Cello. The instrument is out of my hands, and in use by a musician. I’m looking forward to seeing what Shane does with the instrument.
It took a few dozen feet of bubble wrap to ship the instrument to the other coast, and it took me a few years to develop the project this far. I have a solid, reliable design and I really want to see what becomes of the instrument once musicians start using it. I’ll be building more, although it is too soon to say when.
I’d like to thank:
- Larry Lee for designing the coil housing, bow, and body and neck of the Magnetic Cello. You designed some great parts. I learned so much about CAD and laser cutters from you. I’ll be modifying the files you created as I build more, but the choices you made will propagate for many iterations. Good luck in the world of professional architecture!
- Michael and Tristan for the awesome demos. I can only play Twinkle Twinkle on the instrument so many times. It was you two who showed the world (or, at least, internet) the possibilities the instrument holds. Let’s make more videos sometime.
- Michael and Tristan and Tricia et al. for the feedback on the prototypes. You braved the instrument back when it still had rough edges, kluged connectors, and weird noise, and showed me what needed to change. Without you, the instrument wouldn’t have a tapered neck or enough magnets in the bow.
- Hank for helping me figure out how to actually sell a product.
- Sara for fetching me a bunch of bubble wrap.
I’d also like to thank:
- The Cal Poly Entrepreneurship Club for showing me that what was just a hobby in high school had potential.
- The Cal Poly Engineering college for giving me and Larry full access to lab space over the summer.
- The Cal Poly EE department for teaching me some theory behind all my hands-on knowledge. Also, thanks for lending me an oscope last summer Dr. D!
- The Cal Poly Mustang ’60 shop for letting me and Larry use the laser cutter all the time last summer.
- James Clerk Maxwell for doing the math.