cello size and choice
size, package, case questions, bow choices, instrument considerations
|CELLO SIZE||AGE RANGE|
|4/4||15 and above|
|CELLO SIZE||STUDENT'S HEIGHT|
|1/8 - 1/4||Below 4 feet (-48")|
|1/2||4 - 4 1/2 feet|
|3/4||4 1/2 - 5 feet|
|4/4||5 feet and above|
|CELLO SIZE||INSTRUMENT BACK LENGTH|
|1/8||17.75 - 20 inches|
|1/4||20 -23 inches|
|1/2||23 - 26 inches|
|3/4||26 - 27.25 inches|
|7/8||27.25 - 30 inches|
|4/4||30 inches and above|
The full-size cello bow ranges from 27 to 28 inches long. Exact length varies. Full-size bows correspond to full-size cellos. The 7/8-sized cello also utilizes a full-size bow. This is the standard bow size for professional and most adult cellists.
The 3/4-size cello bow is 26 inches long. Players who use a 3/4-size cello play on the 3/4-size bow. This bow size is well suited for younger players who are not yet ready to play on a full-size bow and instrument.
The 1/2-size cello bow is 24 inches long.
A 1/4-size cello bow measures 23 inches -- the back length of a 1/4-size cello is also 23 inches. The 1/4-size bow is the smallest bow, but it can be used for an even smaller cello, the 1/8-size. These cellos and bow are typically starter instruments for small children. (see sizing chart above)