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String Instrument Sizing Guide
This guide is intended to give you a rough idea of the size of instrument your or your child will require. Please note that this is a rough guide only. For best results, you should consult with our string experts or your teacher before purchasing or renting.
THIS IS A GENERAL GUIDE ONLY
One of the most important tasks we find ourselves undertaking at Simply for Strings is to size a student for their instrument. Whilst we always check sizing when you purchase an instrument, it is also important to talk to your teacher first about their thoughts on the appropriate size instrument. It is important to remember that we always err on the side of caution when it comes to instrument sizing. Unlike clothes, you cannot ‘grow into’ an instrument. If the instrument is too large then you will find yourself in severe pain when practising or performing. This often leads to a decrease in practice (and interest), which inevitably leads to the player choosing to forgo learning an instrument. Play pain-free and start with the right size violin, viola, cello or double bass from Simply for Strings.

Measuring Guide for Violin & Viola

Measure in centimeters from the neck to the middle of the palm.

SIZING FOR VIOLNS

Directions for Measuring: With the player’s arm fully extended and parallel to the floor, measure in centimetres from the neck to the middle of the palm.

SIZE OF VIOLIN MEASUREMENT (CM) AVERAGE AGE OF CHILD
1/16 35 - 38 CM 3 - 4 YRS
1/10 39 - 42 CM 4 - 5 YRS
1/8 43 - 46 CM 5 - 6 YRS
1/4 47 - 51 CM 6 -7 YRS
1/2 52 - 56 CM 7 - 8 YRS
3/4 57 - 60 CM 9 - 11 YRS
4/4 > 60 CM 11 - 13+ YRS
SIZING FOR VIOLAS

Directions for Measuring: With the player’s arm fully extended and parallel to the floor, measure in centimetres from the neck to the middle of the palm.

SIZE OF VIOLIA MEASUREMENT (CM)
12" 53 - 55 CM
13" 55 - 59 CM
14" 59 - 63 CM
15" 63 - 65 CM
15" 1/2 65 - 67 CM
16" >67 CM
SIZING FOR CELLOS

Directions for Measuring: Sizing cellos is slightly more complicated than sizing violins and violas. The student should be seated at the edge of a chair such that the knees are bent at a ninety-degree angle (feet flat on the floor). The upper edge (back of cello near where the neck joins the body) of the instrument should rest in the centre of the chest (on the sternum) and the C peg should be slightly behind the left ear. The knees should lightly grip the lower bouts ensuring that the corners do not dig into the side of legs. (Corners should be slightly above the inside of the knees). The student should be able to reach both ends of the fingerboard with ease. The chart below shows approximate sizing by age.

Note: 7/8 size cellos are available as well. This can be a useful transitional size or a more comfortable option for those players who prefer a slightly smaller instrument.

SIZE OF CELLO AGE OF CHILD
1/10 4 - 5 YRS
1/8 5 - 6 YRS
1/4 6 - 8 YRS
1/2 8 - 10 YRS
3/4 10 - 12 YRS
4/4 12 - 13+ YRS
SIZING FOR DOUBLE BASSES

Directions for Measuring: The 3/4 size double bass is the standard size for adults. 7/8 size basses and 4/4 sizes basses are made but they are less commonly used. As a rough guideline, when both the bass and the player are standing upright, the bridge should be approximately at the same height as the large knuckles of the student's right hand. The most important issue is that the instrument is comfortable and that the student can reach the higher registers of the fingerboard without difficulty.
The chart below shows approximate sizing by age.

SIZE OF BASS AGE OF CHILD
1/16 3 - 4 YRS
1/10 4 - 5 YRS
1/8 5 - 7 YRS
1/4 7 - 9 YRS
1/2 9 - 13 YRS
3/4 13+ YRS

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Arioso Viola Outfit Including The Simply for Strings Setup 13"

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Features:
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Back, Neck & Sides: Solid Maple
  • Purfling: Inlaid
  • Pegs: Ebony
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Tailpiece: Carbon fibre with inbuilt fine tuners
  • Chinrest: Ebony
  • Bridge: German - cut and fitted
  • Strings: D'Addario Prelude
  • Grade: Entry student
  • Varnish: Aged finish
  • Outfit: Yes, in a lightweight shaped hard case
  • Included: Brazilwood bow with ebony frog and horsehair.
  • Handcrafted in China

The Simply for Strings SETUP by our expert luthiers is included with your instrument. At Simply for Strings, our luthiers and staff ensure that each viola is individually assembled, setup, tuned, and inspected to our highest standards. Your viola will be ready to play when you receive it—not sent to you unstrung or in pieces as sold by other online suppliers. Our setup includes:

  • shaping and planning the fingerboard
  • carving and fitting the bridge to the viola
  • carving the nut to professional curvature
  • fitting pegs
  • polishing the finish
  • installing strings and tuning the viola
  • fitting and adjusting the soundpost
  • fitting and adjusting the tailpiece
  • inspecting and pre-rosining the bow

The Arioso Viola Outfit including the Simply for Strings Setup is an excellent fully hand-carved instrument suited to the beginner or continuing player. At Simply for Strings, our team of professional luthiers and staff ensure that each instrument is individually assembled, setup, tuned, and inspected to our highest standards.

The Simply for Strings set up by our expert luthiers is included with your instrument.

At Simply for Strings, our luthiers and staff ensure that each violin is individually assembled, setup, tuned, and inspected to our highest standards. Your violin will be ready to play when you receive it—not sent to you unstrung or in pieces as sold by other online suppliers. Our setup includes:

  • shaping and re-surfacing the fingerboard
  • carving and fitting the bridge to the violin
  • carving the nut to professional curvature
  • fitting pegs
  • polishing the finish
  • installing strings and tuning the violin
  • fitting and adjusting the soundpost
  • fitting and adjusting the taipiece
  • inspecting and pre-rosining the bow
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