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Instrument Sizing

How to find the right size

Violin

Violin at arms length
 
Violin in palm close up

Selecting the correct size violin is critical for a player to be able to play both comfortably and properly.

Stand up straight and position the violin under your jaw at the chinrest. Extend your arm fully, parallel to the floor. The end of the scroll should hit the middle of the palm and the player should be able wrap their fingers around the scroll. If the player is in between size, always choose the smaller of the violins.

Instrument sizing is part of the renting/buying process at Brass Bell. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.

Violin Size Arm Length Age (Guide Only)
1/16 14" 3 - 5
1/10 15" 3 - 5
1/8 16" 3 - 5
1/4 18.5" 4 - 7
1/2 20" 6 - 10
3/4 22" 9 - 11
4/4 23" 11 +

Viola

Violin at arms length
 
Violin in palm close up

Selecting the correct size viola is critical for a player to be able to play both comfortably and properly.

Stand up straight and position the viola under your jaw at the chinrest. Extend your arm fully, parallel to the floor. The end of the scroll should hit the middle of the palm and the player should be able wrap their fingers around the scroll. If the player is in between size, always choose the smaller of the violas.

Instrument sizing is part of the renting/buying process at Brass Bell. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.

Viola Size Arm Length Age (Guide Only)
12" 20" 6 - 7
13" 22" 7 - 9
14" 23" 9 - 12
15" 24.5" 10 - 12
15.5" 25.25" Average Adult
16" 26" Larger Adult
16.5" 26" Larger Adult (preference)

Cello

Cello

Selecting the correct size cello is critical for the player to be able to play both comfortably and properly.

Sit up straight in a chair so that the feet are flat on the floor. Hold the cello between the knees. Extend the endpin so that the curved edge below the C-bout comes around the top of the knee. The top of the cello should be sitting at the top of the player cest and the C peg should be around the height of their ear. If the player is in between size, always choose the smaller of the cellos.

Instrument sizing is part of the renting/buying process at Brass Bell. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.

Cello Size Height Age (Guide Only)
1/10 See Associate 4 - 6
1/8 See Associate 6 - 8
1/4 2' - 3' 8 - 10
1/2 3' - 4' 10 - 12
3/4 4' - 5' 12 - 14
4/4 5' + 14 +

String Bass

String Bass

Selecting the correct size bass is critical for the player to be able to play both comfortably and properly.

Stand up straight behind the bass, extend the left arm, and hold the bass upright in front of you. Now lean the bass towards you and ensure that the nut of the fingerboard is in-line or slightly under your brow line. Extend the endpin for a more precise adjustment. Bend around the right of the instrument at a 45 degree angle and make sure the tips of the right hand can comfortably touch the top of the bridge to ensure comfortable bowing. If the player is between size, always choose the smaller of the basses.

Instrument sizing is part of the renting/buying process at Brass Bell. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.

Bass Size Grade Age (Guide Only)
1/4 4th - 5th 9 - 11
1/2 6th - 8th 12 - 14
3/4 9th - 12th 15 +

Baritone

Baritone

See the chart for below to get a general sense of what size to use when selecting a baritone. If your teacher has a specific method for selecting a size, we urge you to use that method.

Age Grade Size
9 - 12 3 - 5 3/4
13+ 6 - 12 4/4

French Horn

French Horn

In general, younger players begin with a single french horn. The single french horn is less expensive, less complex, and lighter. Double horns have an additional rotor valve which allows for more flexible playing, they weigh a bit more, and have an increased value. If your teacher has a specif ic method for selecting a size, we urge you to use that method.

Age Grade Size
9 - 12 3 - 5 Single
13+ 6 - 12 Double
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