Violin Sizing

March 25, 2016

Violins come in many different sizes. 4/4 is the largest size violin made. This is also called a full size violin. As a general rule, all average sized adults will play a 4/4 size violin. Most children over the age of 12 will also play a 4/4 (full sized) violin. 

Violin Sizes by age. This is only meant as a guideline.

  • 4/4 - 9-Adult 
  • 3/4 - 9-11 
  • 1/2 - 6-10 
  • 1/4 - 4-7 
  • 1/8 - 3-5 
  • 1/10 - 3-5 
  • 1/16 - 3-5

    Violin Sizing by Measurement.

    Children and small adults will need to take a measurement.

    First up,  we first need a measurement from the side of the neck to the wrist joint.

    With this we can estimate the proper size violin for you. 
  • Extend the arm so that it is perpendicular to the body. 
  • Measure the length from neck to the wrist joint. 
  • Measure the length from neck to the middle of the palm. 
  • Now match the measurement in inches to the chart below. 
    The correct size will be below the measurement. 

    Violin Sizing Chart
    23" 22" 20" 18 1/2" 16 1/2" 14" 13"
    4/4 3/4 1/2 1/4 1/8 1/16 1/32

    The ideal size will be that of the first measurement (neck to wrist). The second measurement (neck to palm) is the maximum size the player should use.

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