It just means to calm down. As in, have a piece of candy because it might make you feel better. I agree, a 5/4 cello is a big cello. However, I don't see one being sold anywhere, so let's consider alternatives. This is not that different than what I've seen about people tuning violas as big violins. There aren't that many 5/4 violins but we can find a viola and play around with the strings to get something that works for people that find a violin too small. What's bigger than a cello but yet very "cello-like"? That would be a 1/2, 1/4, or 1/8 double bass. It's not a cello, but really close. Does it have to be tuned CGDA? Or can I have it EADG like a bass? It can be either, people do either tuning and more on the cello and bass. It's up to you. Well, this gives us options. I'd like a 1/2 or 1/4 bass that's tuned EADG but plays in the cello octave, which is one way to approximate a 5/4 cello. Mr. Bryanton, assuming he returns, seems to be interested in a 1/4 or 1/8 bass that's tuned CGDA and in the cello octave as his preferred way to approximate a 5/4 cello. I'm looking for something I might translate what I'm learning with my bass lessons so I can play some cello tunes in their intended octave. Mr. Bryanton seems to just want a big cello, that's tuned like a cello, sounds like a cello, but perhaps looks like a bass only because a true 5/4 cello does not exist. I've pretty much abandoned the idea of a larger cello, based on a 3/4 or 4/4 bass. Unless there's some strings out there to experiment with this cello, perhaps more like a 6/4 or even 7/4 cello, isn't going to happen. Maybe with three strings it might but that's no fun. Perhaps even don't call it a cello, just recognize it as one of several kind of ways people have tuned their bass. Call it "cello tuning at octave" on a 1/4 bass if it makes you feel better. I did some searching on this website and I haven't seen this kind of dust raised on alternative tuning for fractional basses before. Others might see this and call it a "5/4 cello" though. Just like people that see a cello tuned in the bass range as EADG might call that a "1/16 bass". It's not a bass, it's a 4/4 cello with an alternate tuning. Being a bit imprecise on what it's called doesn't make anything to get upset about.