Violin / Viola Size Chart

In order to decide what size instrument to select, you will need to measure the players arm length. Your comfort with the instrument is very important. The student needs to be able to reach the necessary hand positions on the instrument.

To get the right size requires two people. Have the student hold their arm fully extended straight out to the side and palm facing up. Then use a yardstick, tape measure, or measuring tape and measure from the neck to the creases in the middle of the palm. The correct size instrument will allow the student to wrap their hand around the scroll or headstock of the instrument. Reaching too far means you need a larger instrument.

As long as your account is in good standing, Johnstonbaugh's is happy to "Size Up" the insturment on request. If you end up with an instrument that is not the right size, please feel free to Contact Us.

Please note that all ages listed below are approximate and arm measurement is the most accurate method.

Violin Size Chart

Age Range Arm Length (neck to palm of hand) Proper Instrument Size
4 to 6 Years Old 17-1/8" - 18-3/8" 1/8 Violin
5 to 7 Years Old 18-3/8" - 20-3/8" 1/4 Violin
7 to 9 Years Old 20-3/8" - 22-1/4" 1/2 Violin
9 to 12 Years Old 22-1/4" - 23-5/8" 3/4 Violin
Teenagers and Average Adults 23-5/8" and up 4/4 Violin

Viola Size Chart

Age Range Arm Length (neck to palm of hand) Proper Instrument Size
4 to 6 Years Old 17-1/8" - 18-3/8" 11" Viola
5 to 7 Years Old 18-3/8" - 20-3/8" 12" Viola
7 to 9 Years Old 20-3/8" - 22-1/4" 13" Viola
9 to 12 Years Old 22-1/4" - 23-5/8" 14" Viola
Teenagers and Average Adults 23-5/8" and up 15.5" Viola

Cello Size Chart

Age Range Arm Length (neck to palm of hand) Proper Instrument Size
4 to 6 Years Old 17-1/8" - 18-3/8" 1/8 Cello
5 to 7 Years Old 18-3/8" - 20-3/8" 1/4 Cello
7 to 9 Years Old 20-3/8" - 22-1/4" 1/2 Cello
9 to 12 Years Old 22-1/4" - 23-5/8" 3/4 Cello
Teenagers and Average Adults 23-5/8" and up 4/4 Cello
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