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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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Excellent sound & affordability. A long-lasting outfit designed and developed by Simply for Strings for Australian conditions. 

Tone: Bright, clear
Finish: Bright honey coloured and hints of brown, with a smooth matte varnish
Perfect for: Beginners, school programs, continuing students
Case: Student poly-foam shaped
Bow: Student Brazilwood
Strings: Pre-installed steel strings
Recommended Accessories: Hidersine Junior Violin Rosin, Simply for Strings Microfibre Cleaning Cloth, Shoulder Rest, Folding Music Stand.
Recommended String Upgrade: Tonica String Set.

The Prelude Violin Outfit is one of the most competitively priced beginner violin outfits on the market, yet it doesn’t sacrifice quality or playability. The Prelude Violin is a fully hand-carved instrument, suited to the new beginner or continuing student. Emphasising clarity, responsiveness and a bright tone. The Prelude range has been developed by Simply for Strings’ team of makers and players to represent quality and affordability. The quality of your very first instrument greatly affects your learning experience. To ensure you or your child has the most enjoyable learning experience, we ensure each Prelude Violin Outfit is set up to our exacting specifications, to provide players with a durable and reliable instrument that they can be confident will not hinder their progress on the violin. 

Specifications:
  1. Top: Solid Spruce
  2. Back, Neck & Sides: Solid Maple
  3. Purfling: Ebony
  4. Fingerboard: Ebony
  5. Pegs: Ebony
  6. Tailpiece: Ultra-weight carbon composite with fine-tuners
  7. Chinrest: Ebony
  8. Bridge: German - cut and fitted
  9. Strings: Factory (standard factory strings)
  10. Varnish: Nitro
  11. Pattern: Stradivari
  12. String Adjusters: Yes, inbuilt in tailpiece
  13. Case: Yes, in a lightweight poly-foam shaped case with shoulder strap
  14. Bow: Octagonal Brazilwood bow with Parisian eye, ebony frog and horsehair
  15. Country of manufacture: Handcrafted in China

    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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