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Welcome to our Sizing Page!

Ideally, we would love to have you stop by our store for sizing options. Unfortunately, with recent health events, we feel it’s safer to provide a short guide on how to size at home.

Materials You will Need:
 - Tape Measure (Soft one for sewing or Rolled up for contractors, either will work)
 - Instrument (If you have one; if not, tape measure will work fine.)
 - The Musician in question
 - A family member or friend to help measure







NOTE ON MEASURING: Many customers ask if age can determine the size of the instrument needed. While age is a great starting point, each individual is unique and measuring is necessary. While in-store measurements tend to be more precise, however, with the instructions listed we will get you as close as possible to the size you’ll need. Please pay close attention to the individual charts within the section that provides instructions for the instrument of your choice.







*IF YOUR TEACHER HAS RECOMMENDED A SIZING APPROACH & MEASUREMENTS, ALWAYS GO WITH YOUR TEACHER'S RECOMMENDATIONS*




 

 




VIOLIN:  How to Measure Body to Determine Instrument Size


Do you have a violin at home, and want to find out if it is the correct size for your musician? If so, go HERE.



Measuring Arm Length: WITHOUT an instrument 
 


      1. Extend left arm to the side of body. Be sure arm is straight and parallel to the ground.

      2. Place the tape measure in the center palm and extend it to the neck.

      3. Notate measurements in inches and see chart below.



 

What Not to Do


  1. Do not extend arm in front of you, it must be to the side.
  2. Do not bend elbow. We don’t need any wiggly arms!

*Bending your arm, or bringing your arm to the front will cause your measurements and overall instrument size to be incorrect. This could lead to the musician being uncomfortable with an instrument that is either too small, or too large.










FINAL MEASUREMENTS
Note: If you are in between sizes, it is strongly recommended to choose the smaller instrument.

14"
15.5"
17"
18.5"
21"
22"
23"
=     1/16 Violin
=     1/10 Violin
=     1/8 Violin
=     1/4 Violin
=     1/2 Violin
=     3/4 Violin
=     4/4 Violin














Is my current instrument the right size?
Already have a violin at home? We know there are a lot of musical families out there! If so, this method can also help determine if that instrument is a correct size for you.

  1. On the left side of your body, rest violin underneath the neck and chin (as if you were playing).
  2. Hold the instrument by attempting to wrap the left hand around the scroll.
  3. If the palm of your hand is directly underneath the scroll you should be able to comfortably wrap you hand around the scroll.
  4. If your palm does not reach the scroll, the instrument is too big for you, and will not work.
  5. If your palm reaches past the scroll you will need a bigger instrument. (Note: the exception to this is if you have a full size or 4/4 instrument. Then there will NOT be a larger size and you are good to use the current instrument.

 


Too Small
Good Size
Too Big

 

 
If you Instrument is too small or too big, we will need to find your correct size for your musician.
Click HERE to jump to instructions on how to find your correct sized instrument.






VIOLA:  How to Measure Body to Determine Instrument Size

Do you have a viola at home, and want to find out if it is the correct size for your musician? If so, go HERE.



Measuring Arm Length: WITHOUT an instrument 
 


      1. Extend left arm to the side of body. Be sure arm is straight and parallel to the ground.

      2. Place the tape measure in the center palm and extend it to the neck.

      3. Notate measurements in cm or inches and see chart below.



 

What Not to Do


  1. Do not extend arm in front of you, it must be to the side.
  2. Do not bend elbow. We don’t need any wiggly arms!

*Bending your arm, or bringing your arm to the front will cause your measurements and overall instrument size to be incorrect. This could lead to the musician being uncomfortable, and learning improperly with an instrument that is either too small, or too large.










FINAL MEASUREMENTS
Note: If you are in between sizes, it is strongly recommended to choose the smaller instrument.

18.5"
21"
22"
23"
25"
26"
27"
=     11" Viola
=     12" Viola
=     13" Viola
=     14" Viola
=     15" Viola
=     15.5" Viola
=     16" Viola













 

Is my current Viola the right size?
Already have a violin at home? We know there are a lot of musical families out there! If so, this method can also help determine if that instrument is a correct size for you.

  1. On the left side of your body, rest viola underneath the neck and chin (as if you were playing).
  2. Hold the instrument by attempting to wrap the left hand around the scroll.
  3. If the palm of your hand is directly underneath the scroll you should be able to comfortably wrap you hand around the scroll.
  4. If your palm does not reach the scroll, the instrument is too big for you, and will not be suitable.
  5. If your palm reaches past the scroll you will need a bigger instrument.

 


Too Small
Good Size
Too Big

 

 
If you Instrument is too small or too big, we will need to find your correct size for your musician.
Click HERE to jump to instructions on how to find your correct sized instrument.







CELLO:  How to Measure Body to Determine Instrument Size

After several tests and trials, we believe this will be the most accurate methods of finding your instrument size without being able to measure in person.
For Cellists we recommend sizing with THREE methods: Height, Finger Span and Arm Length.



1st Method: Height
Measuring your height is a good start to indicate what size cello you may be.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Measure your height with a measuring tape

2. Make sure you are standing tall and straight.

3. Record your measurements and find your "Height Instrument Size"

4. Don't forget to continue to finger span, next.

Note: Not standing straight will cause your measurements and overall instrument size to be incorrect. This could lead to the musician being uncomfortable, and learning improperly with an instrument that is either too small, or too large.






 

 

 




2nd Method: Finger Span

The cello requires the fingers to stretch quite far on the fingerboard. Measuring your hand can be a good indication of what size cello will fit you or your musician.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Lay hand on a flat surface and reach out [extend fingers] as far as comfortably possible.
  2. Using the measuring tape, measure from your pinky to index finger.
  3. Record your measurement.
  4. Don't forget to move onto Arm Length, next.

What Not to Do:
 Do not keep your fingers close together. Remember, they need to be spread out to obtain an accurate reading. Be careful! You do not want to stretch them so far that you hurt yourself either.
CORRECT
INCORRECT








3rd Method: Arm Length
The cello has a far reach when you are attempting to bow on the strings. This is why we ask for a arm length.
 

INSTRUCTIONS:

      1. Extend left arm to the side of body. Be sure arm is straight and parallel to the ground.

      2. Place the tape measure in the center palm and extend it to the neck.

      3. Record your measurement.

      4.  Now with all three measurements, move on to see which size cello will fit you best.





What Not to Do


  1. Do not extend arm in front of you, it must be to the side.
  2. Do not bend elbow. We don’t need any wiggly arms!

*Bending your arm, or bringing your arm to the front will cause your measurements and overall instrument size to be incorrect. This could lead to the musician being uncomfortable, and learning improperly with an instrument that is either too small, or too large.









FINAL MEASUREMENTS

After several tests & trials we believe this is the most accurate way of determining your instrument size without being able to size you in person.

After recording each measurements from the three methods above, compare them in the charts listed below.








Note: If you are in between sizes, it is strongly recommended to choose the smaller instrument.

HEIGHT MEASUREMENTS:

                     3 ft.  =   1/10 Cello
     3 ft. to 3.5 ft.  =      1/8 Cello 
     3.5 ft. to 4 ft.  =      1/4 Cello
     4 ft. to 4.5 ft.  =      1/2 Cello
     4.5 ft. to 5 ft.  =      3/4 Cello
Larger than 5 ft.  =      4/4 Cello


FINGER SPAN MEASUREMENTS

                     2.5"  =   1/10 Cello

                       3"   =   1/8 Cello
            3.5" to 4"  =   1/4 Cello
               4" to 5"  =   1/2 Cello
               5" to 6"  =   3/4 Cello
        6" or Larger  =   4/4 Cello


ARM LENGTH MEASUREMENT:

                      16"  =   1/10 Cello
           16" to 18"  =   1/8 Cello
           18" to 20"  =   1/4 Cello
           20" to 22"  =   1/2 Cello
           22" to 23"  =   3/4 Cello
           24" to 25"  =   7/8 Cello (See Note below)
      26" or Larger  =   4/4 Cello


If all 3 measurements match up to the same instrument size, then you have found your instrument size! You may now use that size when selecting an instrument to rent or purchase.

If after matching up your measurements you find that you have different readings, then select the instrument that has at least TWO of the same instrument size.

In the event, you have recorded measurements that have all 3 different measurements, we would recommend trying to gather your measurements to see if there was an error. If afterwards, you still have having difficulty give us a call at 915-581-7505 to help instruct you on how to further proceed.
***7/8 Note:***
If you are a full grown adult interested in purchasing we would recommend a 7/8 Cello.
If you are a student who is still growing, we recommend 3/4 sized cello, as we do not offer 7/8 for instrument rentals.








 

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