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Finding the Right Size Cello

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There are various sizes of cellos available. Recommendations for finding the right size for you or your child may be based on the following:

By Your Age:

  • 1/8 size - 4 to 6 years old
  • 1/4 size - 5 to 7 years old
  • 1/2 size - 7 to 11 years old
  • 3/4 size - 11 to 15 years old
  • 4/4 size - 15 and above

By Your Height:

  • 1/8 to 1/4 size - below 4 feet
  • 1/2 size - 4 to 4 1/2 feet
  • 3/4 size - 4 1/2 to 5 feet
  • 4/4 size - 5 feet and above

By Body Length:

  • 1/8 size - 17.75 to 20 inches
  • 1/4 size - 20 to 23 inches
  • 1/2 size - 23 to 26 inches
  • 3/4 size - 26 to 27.25 inches
  • 4/4 size - 30 inches and above

Additional Sizing Tips:

  • Sit up straight on a chair, your feet must be touching the floor.
  • Set the endpin of the cello to around 12 inches.
  • Now at a 45 degree angle, let the cello rest against your chest.
  • The top of the cello must rest at the center of your chest.
  • The C string peg must be near your left ear.

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