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cello size and choice

size, package, case questions, bow choices, instrument considerations

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CELLO SIZE AGE RANGE
1/8 4-6 years
1/4 5-7 years
1/2 7-11 years
3/4 11-15 years
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

 

CELLO BOWS

Full-Size Bow

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.

3/4-Size Bow

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.

1/2-Size Bow

The 1/2-size cello bow is 24 inches long.

1/4-Size Bow

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)

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