"Playing the cello is my passion," said MyCello design team member, Ondrej Kratochvil. "I have always wanted to be able to play at home for long hours without disturbing the neighbors or my family. I wanted an instrument that would allow me to do that, and at the same time be lightweight, easily portable, and with a good sound. I discovered that there was no such instrument available on the market, so I decided to design one."
Currently raising production funds on Kickstarter, the MyCello has not been created as a replacement for traditional wooden cellos, but is developed to combine the best aspects of a classic instrument with modern electric models.
Its skeletal body has been designed to allow the player freedom of movement while bowing, and the makers say that those who have mastered a classical cello will feel right at home using the My Cello as it boasts the same neck shape, string setup and construction attributes. There's a chest rest about half way up the neck, the long endpin slides and locks from behind to achieve a comfortable playing height – and is adjustable even while sitting – and the tuners are down below, between the knee rests.
It can be played unplugged, like a lower-volume version of a traditional wooden instrument, or a bridge pickup can output to an amp/speaker system, with built-in EQ control on the instrument itself. Headphones can even be plugged straight into the MyCello.