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Size advice

Which instrument size do I choose?

In order to be able to play an instrument correctly and comfortably, it is essential that you choose the violin, viola or cello in the right size. We always advise to measure arm or body lengths precisely before making a decision. The age of a musician below is just an indication; always use the measurements as primary guidline.

Violin

Age Arm length* Instrument
3 - 5 years 35 - 43 cm 1/16
4 - 6 years 43 - 45 cm 1/8
5 - 7 years 45 - 50 cm 1/4
6 - 8 years 50 - 56 cm 1/2
7- 10 years 56 - 60 cm 3/4
10+ years 60+ cm 4/4

*arm length measured from armpit to the top of the middle finger

For teenagers and adults there exist also 7/8 sized violins. These are sometimes choosen by adolescents or adults with small hands, but is not a standard size.

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Viola

Violas don't have specified sizes as violins and cellos do. Instead, the instrument size is usually indicated in inches (or centimers). For convenience we however use comparable sizes in fractions throughout the website as well (as some string manufacturers do).

Age Arm length* Instrument Comparable size
6 - 7 years 50 - 55 cm 12" 1/2
7 - 9 years 55 - 60 cm 13" 3/4
10 - 14 years 60 - 64 cm 15" 7/8
14+ years 64 - 68 cm 16" or more 4/4

*arm length measured from armpit to the top of the middle finger

 

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Cello

Age Body length* Span width fingers** Instrument
5 - 6 years 90 - 105 cm 7 - 8 cm 1/8
6 - 7 years 105 - 120 cm 8 - 10 cm 1/4
7 - 10 years 120 - 135 cm 10 - 13 cm 1/2
9 - 13 years 135 - 150 cm 13 - 15 cm 3/4
13+ years 150+ cm 15+ cm 4/4

*body length measure from head to heel

**span width is the maximum distance between the top of the forefinger and the top of the pink (spread fingers as far as possible while measuring)

 

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My measurements are on the border of two sizes! Which size do I take?

Nothing is more annoying than playing on an instrument that is too big. The instrument will be to heavy, notes will be difficult to reach, and so on. When in doubt, always take the smaller size, or listen to the advise of your teacher.