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what doe 4/4-1/4 mean when buying a cello?

How do we measure size wise for a cello is it by your height?

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  • MUDD
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    4/4 means a full sized cello

    3/4 means a three quarter sized cello, primarily for middle school players.

    1/2 means a half size cello, primarily for elementary players

    1/4 - 1/8 primarily for preschool, depending on their height, arm length and body type.

    I put a few links below that explain it in more depth. Hope this helps.

    Source(s): http://www.cello.org/heaven/advice.htm http://musiced.about.com/od/lessonsandtips/a/cello... 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 - 20 inches 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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  • PJH
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    4/4 is full size, 1/4 is the smallest. There is a chart that uses the measurement of your arm length to determine what size you should play. Any normal size adult is 4/4. Only the 4/4 has the full cello sound.

    Source(s): Used to work at a music store.
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  • 1 decade ago

    4/4 is full sze and 1/4 is quarter size, got this off a friend who is a cellist

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