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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Mezzo Forte do not want to make traditional instruments superfluous. Their motivation is rather to open up new possibilities to musicians with complimentary products providing alternatives that were not previously available. Many years of hard work and commitment have gone into developing their instruments. Mezzo Forte believe they are providing a real alternative – not a replacement. Be inspired by these new and fascinating instruments; by their balanced sound, projection and unrivalled response. Making music easy! Forget concerns about your instrument being damaged whilst travelling, or customs issues regarding banned materials, sometimes found on wooden instruments. Play where and when you want, indoors or outside, in any climate, in any country. 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. Instrument Only. 

About Mezzo Forte Violins:

The violin may look unusual: Black, curved without frills. But it remains a violin.

The Mezzo Forte design concept is simple: to away with anything we don't need. The scroll - the luthier's signature, with no tonal influence. The corners - only neccessary for traditional construction. The chin-rest clamps - often the cause of skin irritation. For instruments measurements Mezzo Forte make no compromise: every note is where it should be. 

Features:

The Body

  • Two piece, layered carbon fiber. Strengthened at upper and lower blocks. 2 component lacquer.

The Fingerboard

  • A newly developed developed material from Flaxwood. Dark and hard like ebony. Smooth to the touch and perfectly shaped - and helping preserve natural resources. The decisive feature being the fingerboard will not warp - thus making it ideal for use with carbon fiber.

The Pegs

  • If only everyone knew how easy tuning is with the Wittner fine tuning pegs. No slipping, no twisting under pressure. Just a gentle turn of the peg. Modern, user-friendly technology that's great to use. 

The Bass Bar

  • Yes, a carbon fiber instrument needs a bass bar. It gives warmth to the lower strings and helps stablise the top. It is made of carbon and bonded to the instrument.

The Bridge and Soundpost 

  • Here, Mezzo Forte stick with tradition. There is nothing to beat a top-quality wooden bridge. Using a traditional bridge allows a luthier to carry out fine adjustments to the instrument. 

The Hybrid Line

  • Turn the amplifier on, connect the violin, viola or cello and you can fill a stadium with sound. It's simple and effective. The built-in pick-up system delivers an accurate, natural reproduction of the instruments sound whilst not effecting its acoustic qualities. Whether you are playing jazz, rock, folk or classical - with a Hybrid Violin by Mezzo Forte, everything is possible. 

The Sound

  • Benefit from the excellent response and tonal balance. Warm bass and brilliant treble - these are the criteria we apply to our instruments. Each will have a subtle difference in tone; they are, after all, hand made and tonal adjustments can be made according to individual requirements. 

    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 instrument is individually assembled, setup, tuned, and inspected to our highest standards. Your instrument 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 instrument
    • carving the nut to professional curvature
    • fitting pegs
    • polishing the finish
    • installing strings and tuning the instrument
    • fitting and adjusting the soundpost
    • fitting and adjusting the taipiece
    • inspecting and pre-rosining the bow
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