Strings

Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass (String Bass)

Choosing a string instrument can be an art in itself.  Each individual is different and should try several instruments before making the important decision for purchase.  Sizes for string instruments come range from 1/16 to 4/4 (full size).  Also remember to consider the investment value when purchasing stringed instruments.  Many instruments may increase overtime, so keep in mind that this is not a sunk cost but rather an investment for your future!

Violin/Viola
 The size depends on the length of the players arms.  Have the player straighten out their arm and measure from the neck to the middle of their palm.  The length is an approximate size of what the violin should be.  Keep in mind that children grow faster, so it might be wise to purchase one larger size.

Measurement
(Arm length)
Recommended Size
Violin                        Viola
21″ or more 4/4 (Full Size)           14″ or more
19.5″      3/4                              13″
18″      1/2                              12″
16.5″      1/4                              11″
15″      1/8                              10″
13.5″     1/10                             9″
11″     1/16                             8″


Cellos & Double Basses

For cellos those over 5 ft. tall can usually us a full size cello. However, the best way to determine the correct cello size is trial and error the shop, just like trying out clothes. Sit erectly on a chair of such a height that your feet can rest comfortably on the floor. Extend the end pin of the cello about 12 inches. Let the cello rest against your chest at about a 45 degree angle. The top of the cello will rest in the middle of your chest, and the peg for the C string will be close to your left ear.  This will allow for the most comfort while playing with the correct posture.

The same thing can be said about the double bass.  We will be able to help you find the right instrument for your body stature!

Comments are closed.