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Viola Sizing Guide

How to measure for a Viola

  • Stretch the left arm under the instrument, and have the player wrap their fingers around the scroll. If the elbow is slightly bent but not too bent or too straight, it fits.
  • Stretch the left arm straight out under the instrument, and under the scroll, and if the instrument's scroll ends in the ball of their palm, it is just right.
By Age   By Arm Length
Ages 6 to 7 12" size 20" to 2112"
Ages 7 to 9 13" size 2112" to 23"
Ages 9 to 12 14" size 23" to 2434"
Ages 10 to 12 or Small Adult 15" size 2412" to 2512"
Average Adult 1512" size 2512" to 2614"
Large Adult 16" to 1612" size 26" & Larger
  • NOTE: Due to individual sizing of orchestra instruments, we understand the student may outgrow the instrument.  Please visit one of our stores for an exchange in size or to receive expert sizing of your student for any violin, viola, cello, or string bass rental.