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 VIOLINS

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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Pirastro Perpetual "Edition" Cello String Set 4/4

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From Pirastro: "As a musician put it, the Perpetual Edition is the most power-packed set in our program. Strong and clear core sound on the G & C strings in combination with full and round sounding A & D."

A - Edition Steel/Chrome Steel, D - Edition Steel/Chrome Steel, G - Edition Rope Core/Tungsten, C - Edition Rope Core/Tungsten.

Perpetual Cello strings have been specifically designed by Pirastro for the ultimate playing experience. They offer an extraordinary tonal spectrum, from a sweet, warm tone to sheer power. The natural qualities and timbre of each instrument are enhanced by these strings. 

This C string offers a very powerful and strong core sound along with a deep and wonderful warm tone. Its unique special construction results in an enhanced torsional stiffness and tuning stability with a very fast and direct bow response, making it the most sonorous C in the Pirastro program.

Features: 

  • Specifically designed by Pirastro for the ultimate playing experience. 
  • Easy playability, long durability and perfect string-to-string harmony.
  • Perpetual strings have great flexibility and an extraordinary tonal spectrum. 
  • They offer everything from a sweet, warm tone to sheer power. 
  • Focused and clear tone, with incredibly quick response. 
  • The natural qualities and timbre of each instrument are enhanced by the strings' great dynamics and intensity. 
  • Significantly reduced break-in time.

Cellists have always presented Pirastro with a unique challenge when it comes to creating new string sets. For many years professional cellists have had a tendency to mix strings from different companies to match their instruments. This combined with the fact that cellos come in a wide variety of sizes and styles makes it even more difficult to create a single set that satisfies everyone. With this in mind, Pirastro has recently expanded the Perpetual cello string family to also include other brands such as the Evah Pirazzi Gold as well as the Passione steel A & D strings to the palette of Perpetual cello tones. Now with an even larger number of variations the Pirastro Perpetual string line is truly a virtual toolbox of tones for every cellist.

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