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
|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|
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|
The Stahlhammer cello Endpin locks into two positions (angles): straight and 25 degrees. The tip, made of hardened steel, is threaded and replaceable. Custom tips are available made to order. When not in use, the shaft retract fully, allowing for easy storage of the cello in its case.
Professional and beginners alike enjoy this endpin due to its customisation ability. Cellists can determine which material suites their particular cello, regarding sound quality and wolf tones, and verify their personal preferences of endpin lengths.
"The efficient designs and angling features of Stahlhammer endpins improve any cello's ability to project in large halls, and to be heard clearly in all repertoire from chamber music to solo." - David Finckel, Cellist, Emerson Quartet, Professor, Juilliard School, USA
“The attractive Stahlhammer endpin is simply the state of the art for any cellist.” - Lynn Harrell, Cellist, Professor, USA and England
“A design conceived from an ingenious idea, constructed in a way which is stable, reliable and esthetically appealing.” - Frans Helmerson, Cellist, Professor, Sweden and Germany
“I consider it the best of its kind. I am recommending it to all cellists.” - Janos Starker, Cellist, Professor, USA
Please note: All bridges, pegs, endpins and workshop materials are supplied unfitted. These materials will require professional, further fitting to your instrument. Book an appointment on our Repairs & Servicing page today.