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    July 24, 2012



    As one of the other posters noted, this is a "Porta-Cello", made by Knilling in England in the late '60s. There were aimed to be portable instruments for students. You can't see the back, but it's got a hinged "wing" that swings out to give it the same width as a cello. In theory, they're small enough to fit into a locker.

    They're not that common, and go for around $300-$600 on eBay, depending on what sort of shape they're in. This one is in good shape, and had the original case.

    Unsurprisingly, I've heard that they don't sound that great. They're also apparently a prone to having the soundpost punch a hole through the front.

    Still, I'd love to have one.


    I have one. Want to find a bow and see if I can play it or what it sounds like.. It was going to be thrown away, so I took it and the music store fixed it. It is in good shape. May sell it in the future.


    I purchased one this last spring at an flea market. I think I paid around $40. the back 'wing' is a little broke, but not missing, and it came with a bow. I put some cheap strings on it and am able to play it. It does not sound as good as my 4/4 cello but it's not terrible considering it's size and shape. If I were a student I'd probably prefer to take that back and fourth to school. It's a fun little instrument to have in my collection.

    Diane Meyer

    How fun is that, Lisa!

    Douglas Barham

    I was provided with one of these to learn on when I was at school, in England in the 1980's. I hated it. I promptly gave up playing cello. Shame.

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