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Violin Size Guide

Our Violins come in 7 different sizes: 4/4 (also called full size), 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16. 4/4 size being the biggest and 1/16 size being the smallest. All adults, regardless of their size, use the 4/4 violin. There are other sizes available but these are the most common sizes.

To measure what size violin best suits you, you need to know the length between your neck and the middle of your left-hand palm or left wrist. This is measured when your hand is fully extended and raised perpendicular to your body, just like holding a violin. About 50% of the teachers prefer students to use the length from the neck to the wrist for measurement instead of the neck to mid-palm approach. The violin size determined by the neck/wrist approach would be the size that is more comfortable for students to hold. The violin size determined by the neck/mid-palm approach would be the biggest size students should use. When your child is right in between two sizes using the two different measuring methods, you should also consider that kids do go through growth phases and may outgrow a size in 6 months. In that case, you may want to choose the larger size.

We would always recommend to consult your teacher if you have one available or come into store where our sales staff will be happy to find the right size.

The following chart lists the length of each violin size. Find the length using the your preferred approach and determine the size of violin to get.


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