I suppose it’s called the “prakticello” because it’s designed to be portable enough to practice in places where the full-sized cello would be prohibitive.
This is an instrument of surprisingly lean construction, easily packed up for air travel, unlike its larger counterpart which often requires the purchase of a second airline seat to safely travel alongside its owner.
For this reason, the smaller, collapsible instrument could also be named prakticello because it offers such a practical alternative for the mobile cellist.
Interesting story this evening on NPR’s All Things Considered about the prakticello and its creator, Ernest Nussbaum.
I wonder if it’s extremely spare construction means it’s only able to play reduced scores, or individual movements of the Bach Cello Suites in a single sitting?
Nah, probably not…