Ernest Nussbaum (photo from NPR)

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…


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