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Finding a student violin in the proper size


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A violin size chart and tips about selecting the dimensions for smaller violins and violas


What size should a student violin be so your child can play it easily? A size chart and tips about selecting the right dimensions for smaller instruments.

Finding the right violin size for students is always a customised process. What matters most is not the child's height or age, but the length of his or her arms. If you select one of our smaller violins, our guaranteed return policy will protect you against miscalculating the size you need. Of course, however, we hope that that the instrument you order will be the correct size and therefore can be played immediately. To help make sure this happens, we have given you a few tips about selecting the right student violin.

Our size chart lets you estimate how a child's arm length and age usually relate to each other. To provide greater orientation, we have also added information about the child's height and the standard approximate parameters of instrument size.

 

Arm length Approx. age* Approx height Violin** Viola** Bow***
340-430 mm 3-5 1,00-1,20 m 1/16 (230 mm) --- < 430 mm
420-445 mm 4-7 1,10-1,30 m 1/8 (255 mm) 1/4 (250-280 mm) 430-490 mm
445-510 mm 5-8 1,20-1,35 m 1/4 (280 mm) 1/2 (280-320 mm) 490-550 mm
500-570 mm 6-9 1,20-1,45 m 1/2 (320 mm) 1/2 (280-320 mm) 550-610 mm
560-600 mm 7-11 1,35-1,50 m 3/4 (335 mm) 3/4 (330-340 mm) 610-670 mm
> 600 mm > 9 > 1,50 m 4/4 (355 mm) 4/4 (380/400 mm) > 670 mm

* in years
** the length of the instrument body, which is also indicated in our catalogue
*** only the length of the stick, not including the screw

 

You can measure arm length most easily by having children extend their left arm straight ahead; measure the span between the beginning of the shoulder and the middle of the open palm.

Whereas it is common practice to buy slightly larger clothes for children to "grow into," the exact reverse is true when it comes to selecting a violin. A violin that is too small is much less challenging to play than one that is too large.

Once you have received the instrument, your child's teacher will certainly help you decide whether it is a good fit. Another useful rule of thumb is that children should be able to cup the scroll in their hand when they fully extend their arm. Another test is to have the child play a few notes in first position – assuming the child has already learned that – to see if the mensur (a measure of the overall string length) fits well in the hand. Beyond that, it goes without saying that they should be able to keep their arm in position comfortably and without strain.



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  • New arrivals in our catalogue:
    • Interesting Master violin, probably from Prague, Johann Georg Hellmer replica
    • 3/4 sized violin from the “Maidstone” project by Murdoch & Co., London
    • 1/8 - fine French violin, approx. 1870
    • 3/4 - excellent French violin, approx. 1880
    • Jean Striebig, 1953, Mirecourt: A French violin
    • Giulio Cesare Gigli, outstanding Italian violin, approx. 1750
    • Historical violin by Johann Georg Leeb, Preßburg, 1786
    • Riccardo Bergonzi, contemporary Cremonese master violin
    • German 7/8 Cello bow, silver, strong and active
    • Aldo Zani, fine contemporary Italian viola
    • 1/2 - German violin by Neuner & Hornsteiner, Mittenwald
    • 1/2 - powerful c.1900 French 1/2 sized violin
    • Modern Italian violin, Cremona 20th century
    • 3/4 - Czech 3/4 violin, Jan Podesva, outstanding tone
    • J.B. Vuillaume: soloist violin "St. Cecile des Thernes" (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
    • Large-sized English violin, late 19th century
    • Markneukirchen violin after Stradivari, c.1940
    • French violin with a soloist tone, Charles Simonin, approx. 1860 - with certificate
    • François Breton, French master violin, c. 1810 -with certificate
    • NEW SOUND SAMPLE / Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), master violin, circa 1825 - with certificate
    • German student violin, Bubenreuth
    • German violin bow, very good playing qualities
    • Fine German Stradivarius copy, approx. 1920
    • Atelier violin No. 576 by Amédée Dieudonné, 1936