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Stringed Instrument Sizing Chart

Arm Length is the most accurate method, next to physically matching the instrument to the student, of sizing violin and viola. To measure the arm length have the player extend their right arm out directly to their side and then bring the hand forward a half of a foot, place a yard stick or tape measure at the base of the right side of the neck (at the sternal notch) and measure to the center of the right palm. Compare this measurement to the chart below.

Arm Length

Violin Size

Viola Size

14” - 15 3/8

* 1/16 - 1/10

* 1/16 - 1/10 violin strung as viola

15 3/8” - 18 1/2

* 1/10 - 1/8

* 1/8 violin strung as viola

18 1/2” - 20 3/8

1/4

* 1/4 violin strung as viola

20 3/8” - 22 1/4

1/2

* 1/2 violin strung as viola

22 1/4” - 23 5/8

3/4

* 14” (fractional)

23 5/8” - 25”

4/4 (Full Size)

* 15” (full-size)

26” - 27”

* 15½” (full-size)

27 1/2” - 28” and up

* 16”-16½” (full-size)

*Please mention in the notes section of the appropriate instrument (fractional or not) when filling out a rental if you need any of these sizes or special considerations.

To measure the size of Cello needed start with the exact height of the player and compare it to the chart below. Cello is played sitting down so actually the proportions of the player are what is important, therefore this method of fitting based on height only is a close estimate at best, we make no guarantees that the cello will fit. It is recommended to get fitted at a music store or by a teacher where a physical cello can be used.

Height

Cello Size

Below 4' 

1/4

4' - 4 1/2'

1/2

4 ½' - 5'

3/4

5' and above

4/4