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How to Size your child for a String Instrument

 

This guide will walk you through measuring your child for a string rental. All you need is a tape measure or yardstick, and your child.

 

Tips to measure arm length

Have the player extend their left arm completely straight (but not overextended) with no bend in the elbow or wrists.

 

Violin

Arm Length Violin Size
17" - 18" 1/8
18" - 20" 1/4
20" - 22" 1/2
22" - 23 1/2" 3/4
24" 4/4   (Full Size)        

If your student is in between sizes, we recommend choosing the smaller size.

 

Viola

Arm Length Viola Size
17" - 18" 10"
18" - 20" 11"
20" - 22" 12"
22" - 23 1/2" 13"
24" - 25"

14"

26" + 15 1/2" (Full Size)

If your student is in between sizes, we recommend choosing the smaller size.

 

Cello

Arm Length Height Cello Size
17" - 18" 3' to 3'6" 1/8
18" - 20" 3'6" to 4' 1/4
20" - 22" 4' to 4'6" 1/2
22" - 23 1/2" 4'6" to 5' 3/4
24" + 5'+ 4/4   (Full Size)        

If your student is in between sizes, we recommend choosing the smaller size.

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