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STRING INSTRUMENT SIZING

WHAT SIZE VOILIN, VIOLA OR CELLO DO I NEED?

Feel free to choose your size for online rentals. We can measure and choose the right size when you come to pick up the instrument.

 

What size violin, viola or cello do I need?

 

The string instrument measuring methods below are not 100% accurate but will help determine the size when you rent online. We can help you choose the right size if you visit us with the student who will play but our opinion may be different  from the teacher’s. For this reason size change is always free while a customer is renting from us.

Violin Sizing By Arm Measurement
( Measure from the base of neck to the middle of the left hand palm )

23 1/2″ and Up – 4/4 Violin
22 1/4″ – 3/4 Violin
20 1/2″ – 1/2 Violin
18 1/2″ – 1/4 Violin
17″ – 1/8 Violin
15 1/2″ – 1/10 Violin
14 1/4″ and Under – 1/16 Violin

A violin fits if you can reach the notes comfortably with your left hand when holding the violin in the correct playing position. You should also be able to wrap your left hand comfortably around the curve of the scroll with a little bit of bend still left in your arm.

 

Viola Sizing By Arm Measurement

( Measure from the base of neck to the middle of the left hand palm )

27 1/4″ and Up – 16.5″ Viola
26 1/2″ – 16″ Viola
25 1/2″ – 15.5″ Viola
25″ – 15″ Viola
23 1/4″ – 14″ Viola
22″ – 13″ Viola
20 1/4″ – 12″ Viola
18 1/4″ and Under – 11″ Viola

Viola sizes are defined by measuring the reverse side length from the side of the button to the center line at the base. Violas of between 16 and 16½ inches (40.6 to 42cm) are classed as large-sized and suitable for most adults. Our viola sizes are available in the standard and most commonly played sizes.

 

Cello Sizing By Student’s Height

62″ and Up –  4/4 Cello
54″ – 62″ – 3/4 Cello
48″ – 54″ – 1/2 Cello
44″ – 48″ – 1/4 Cello
Under 44″ – 1/8 Cello