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Each string orchestra instrument has its own method of proper sizing. At PM Music Center, we want to ensure that we provide you with the correct size. PM Music Center renters can size up or down at absolutely no cost. Children will grow and need larger, full-sized instruments. We do not recommend purchasing until the player is ready for a full-sized instrument.

Below are instructions and charts to help guide you in selecting the proper orchestra instrument size.




Violin

1. Have the player stand straight-up with the left arm extended to the side at shoulder height.
2. Make sure the player’s left arm is fully extended without any bend.
3. Gently place a tape measure or yardstick to the side of the student’s neck.
4. Measure to the middle of the student’s left palm.
5. Reference the chart below to find the appropriate sized instrument.



Viola

1. Have the player stand straight-up with the left arm extended to the side at shoulder height.
2. Make sure the player’s left arm is fully extended without any bend.
3. Gently place a tape measure or yardstick to the side of the student’s neck.
4. Measure to the middle of the student’s left palm.
5. Reference the chart below to find the appropriate sized instrument.



Cello

1. Have the player extend their left arm completely straight (but not overextended) with no bend in the elbow or wrists.
2. Measurement 1 (neck to wrist):  This indicates the most appropriate and comfortable size for the player.
3. Measurement 2 (neck to palm):  This indicates the largest size the player could use.
 



Double Bass

1. Have the player stand up in a straight and relaxed posture.
2. The player should have both arms positioned at their sides with their hands open, fingers pointing downward, and palms directly against their body.
3. Using a measuring tape, measure the distance from the “V” shape between their thumb and forefinger up to the outside of the player’s left eye.
4. Reference the chart below to find the appropriate sized instrument.

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