Choosing the right size cello, violin or viola can be tricky, especially if you’re not musical yourself or you’re buying in bulk for your school. That’s why we’ve put together these size charts to ensure you pick the right size.

Choosing the right size cello, violin or viola can be tricky, especially if you’re not musical yourself or you’re buying in bulk for your school. That’s why we’ve put together these size charts to ensure you pick the right size.

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Have the player extend their left arm completely straight (but not overextended) with no bend in the elbow or wrists. Measure 1) from the base of the neck to the centre of the palm, and 2) from the base of the neck to the wrist.

Measurement 1 (neck to palm) indicates the largest size the player could use.

Measurement 2 (neck to wrist) indicates the most appropriate and comfortable size for the player.

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Follow the same guide for the violin.

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Measure height while standing upright with good posture.

Measure arm length from the shoulder joint to the tip of the middle finger.

Measure finger span by extending the fingers as if playing in first position, then measuring from the tip of the index finger to the tip of the little finger.

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Shona joined the Website & Marketing Team in September 2017 after graduating from university in Sport Science and Management. She is enjoying being part of the team and learning more about the world of Normans and Music. Shona played the clarinet at school but you're more likely find her belting out a Little Mix track these days; doing her very own Carpool Karaoke.

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