Violin & Viola & Cello Size Chart

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Violin & Viola & Cello Size Chart

 

*Approximate sizing and measurements. Exact size/dimensions will vary from maker to maker. Note that 1 inch = 2.54 cm

  • Violin Size Chart
Age of Player Player's Arm Length Violin Size Violin Length(Body and Total) Bow Length
12 years and up 23'' (59cm) and longer 4/4 full size 14'' (30.5cm) and 23''-23.5'' (60cm) 29.5'' (75cm)
9-12 years 21.5'' (54.6cm) - 22'' (56cm) 3/4 size 13'' (33cm) and 21'' (53.3cm) 27'' (68.6cm)
7-9 years 20'' (50.8cm) 1/2 size 12.5'' (37.75cm) and 20.5''(52cm) 24.5'' (62.2cm)
5-7 years 18'' (45.7cm) - 18.5'' (47cm) 1/4 size 11'' (28cm) and 18.5''-19'' (48.25cm) 22.5''  (57.15cm)
4-6 years 16.5'' (42cm) 1/8 size 10'' (25cm) and 17'' (43cm) 19.25'' (48.9cm)
4-5 years 15'' (38cm) 1/10 size 9'' (22.9cm) and 16'' (40.6cm) 17.75'' (45cm)
3-5 years 14'' (35.5cm) 1/16 size 8'' (20.3cm) and 14.5'' (36.8cm) 16.75'' (42.5cm)
1-3 years under 14'' (under 35.5cm) 1/32 size 7.5(19cm) and 13''-13.5'' (32cm) 15'' (38cm)

 

  • Viola Size Chart
Age of Player Player's Arm Length Viola Size Viola Length(Body) Bow Length
Large Adult 26'' and longer 16'' to 16.5'' Viola 16'' (40.6cm) or 16.5'' (42cm) 29.25'' (75cm) Full Viola
Average Adult 25'' (63.5cm) - 25.25'' (64cm) 15.5'' Viola 15.5'' (39.4cm) 29.25'' (75cm) Full Viola
13 years, Small Adult 24.5'' (62.2cm) 15'' Viola 15'' (38cm) 29.25'' (75cm) Full Viola
9 - 12 years 23'' (58cm) 14'' Viola (4/4 Violin) 14'' (35.5cm) 29.25'' (75cm) Full Viola
7 - 9 years 21.5'' (54.6cm) - 22'' (55.9cm) 13'' Viola (3/4 Violin) 13'' (33cm) 27'' (68.6cm)
6-7 years 20'' (50.8cm) 12''Viola (1/2 Violin) 12'' (30.5cm) 24.5'' (62.2cm)

 

  • Cello Size Chart
Age of Player Player's Height Cello Size Arm Length Bow Length
12 years and up 5 ' (152 cm) and up  4/4 Full Size 24'' (61cm) and up 28'' (71cm)
9 - 12 years 4'6'' (137cm) - 5' (152cm) 3/4 22'' (56cm) - 24'' (61cm)  27'' (69cm)
7 - 11 years 4' (122cm) - 4'6'' (137cm)  1/2 20'' (51cm) - 22'' (56cm) 25.5'' (65cm)
5 - 9 years 3'6'' (107cm) - 4' (122cm)  1/4 18'' (46cm ) - 20'' (51cm) 23.75'' (60cm)
4 - 7 years 3' (91cm) - 3'6'' (107cm)  1/8 16'' (41cm) - 18'' (46cm) 20.75'' (53cm)
3 - 4 years 3' (91cm) 1/10 under 16'' (41cm) 17.5'' (44cm)

 

If you have access to an instrument, ask the student to hold the instrument as if they are playing. The student should be able to cup the majority of the fingers around to the top of the scroll.

Always choose the smaller size if the student is in-between sizes, because a larger instrument will hinder the student’s ability to play properly.


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