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Cello Size Guide

This information is to be used as a guide only. Data is approximate. For best results, you should consult with the instructor before purchasing.

How To Choose The Proper Cello Size?

Choosing the proper cello size requires the player sitting at the edge of a chair with the feet flat upon the floor and the knees bent at a ninety degree angle. The cello should sit in this fashion:
  • The upper edge of the cello should rest against the center of the chest (on the sternum).
  • The C peg should be slightly behind the left ear.
  • The knees should lightly grip the lower bouts ensuring that the corners do not dig into the side of legs (Corners should be slightly above the inside of the knees).
  • The player should be able to reach both ends of the fingerboard with ease.
The chart below shows the approximate sizing by age:
Age Cello Size
15 years and above 4/4 (Full Size)
11 - 15 years 3/4
7 - 11 years 1/2
5 - 7 years 1/4
4 -5 years 1/8