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Violin

The adult violin comes in 2 sizes: the 4/4 (full-size) which is is 14″ wide and 23″-23.5″ long. while 7/8 is 13.5″ wide and 23.5″ long.

You can learn more about the different size violins here.

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Getting the right size violin is important to ensure the comfort of the student playing the violin. If the a violin is too big, it can lead to strain and fatigue. The same can be said for if the violin is too small. Therefore, you need to take the right measurements to find a violin that will fit your student.

How do you measure the proper violin size?

You will need to measure the length between your neck and the middle of your left-hand palm or left wrist. To take the measurements, you will need to ensure your left hand is held upright and perpendicular to your body, with no bend in your elbow or wrist.

Most teachers prefer to use the neck to wrist measurement as that will be the size that is more comfortable for the student to hold. The neck to mid-palm measurement will be the largest size the student should use.

Violin size          Arm length

1/16                   35.5 cm or 14in

1/10                   38 cm or 15in

1/8                     42 cm or 16in

1/4                     47cm or 18.5in

1/2                     51cm or 20in

3/4                     56in or 22in

4/4                     58.5cm or 23in

How do I know if the size of the violin is correct?

You will know if the violin fits if you can reach the notes using your left hands comfortably when holding up the violin. You should be able to wrap your left hand comfortably around the scroll with your arm still able to bend a little bit.

Why is it important to choose the correct size?

Playing a violin of incorrect size will make your student’s arms tired and sore. It may even hurt your student’s neck or back and you may lose interest in playing the violin.

What size violin should an adult be using?

Most adults will require a full-sized 4/4 violin. But of course, it depends on the length of your arms and do you feel comfortable holding the violin. It should not feel too heavy and you should be able to grip the top of the fingerboard with your hand, while still bending your arm easily at the elbow. If an adult feels more comfortable using the 7/8 which is slightly smaller than a 4/4, then it is fine for them to play a violin of this size.

Do I need to match the size of the violin with the bow?

Yes, the violin, bow and case come in matching sizes and usually stores sell the violin together with the matching bow and case. To save you having to worry about the sizes, you should look to buy a complete outfit which usually includes a violin, bow, rosin and case.

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There are 8 main sizes for the violin. The size refers to the length of the body of the violin, excluding the neck and scroll.

Violin sizes begin at 1/32 and go to 4/4 (full size).

The most common violin sizes are as follows: 1/32, 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8 to 4/4 or full size.

1/32, generally used by very small children, is the smallest and 4/4 (full size) is the largest, generally used by adults.

You can learn more about how to measure which violin size is right for you here.

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Our favorite violin string set of a single brand is Thomastik-Infeld – Dominant.

However, we highly recommend mixing multiple string brands to get the best sound since different string brands bring out different quality sound from each string on a violin. Our favorite violin string combination is a Jargar E, Dominant A, Dominant D, and Dominant G.

You can read more about our favorite violin string brands in our violin string recommendations article.

 

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Finding the right violin for a beginner that sounds decent, but is affordable, can be challenging. Fortunately for you, we have curated our recommended beginner violins in our guide on the best beginner violins.

Our favorite violin brand for beginners is Stentor because they look and sound better than their price range.

Beginner violins typically sell for between $100 and $500.

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Deciding whether to buy or rent a violin is an important question that many beginner violin students face. There is no straight-forward answer to this question since it depends on your individual circumstances, but there are distinct benefits to both options.

The main benefit of buying a violin instead of renting it is that it generally retains its value throughout its life which makes trading it in for a larger size or higher quality violin very viable.

The main benefit of renting a violin is that you don’t own the instrument, so if it’s damaged or your student wants to quit, you can just return it to the music store. No need to pay a repair bill or find a buyer.

To read more about the differences and see examples, read our guide on renting vs buying.

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The violin bow price can vary widely from less than $50 to well over $5000 depending on the material, the craftsmanship, and weight. In general, you should look for a violin bow that costs between 20-25% of the violin price.

Typically, the following violin bow prices apply depending on the material used:

  • Fiberglass: Fiberglass violin bows tend to be on the low-end of the violin bow price spectrum and are typically used by beginner violin students. Expect to spend less than $100 on a fiberglass violin bow.
  • Carbon Fiber: Carbon fiber violin bows are usually priced in the middle between fiberglass and wooden. They are known to be extremely durable so they are a great all-purpose violin bow material. You should expect to spend between $50 to $300 for a carbon fiber violin bow.
  • Wooden: Wooden violin bows are typically made from Pernambuco wood from Brazil. Depending on what part of the tree was used to make the bow, wooden violin bow prices can range from around $50 to well into the $1000s.

If you want to learn more about what to look for in violin bow, you can read our guide on buying violin bows.

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Viola

The adult violin comes in 2 sizes: the 4/4 (full-size) which is is 14″ wide and 23″-23.5″ long. while 7/8 is 13.5″ wide and 23.5″ long.

You can learn more about the different size violins here.

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Getting the right size violin is important to ensure the comfort of the student playing the violin. If the a violin is too big, it can lead to strain and fatigue. The same can be said for if the violin is too small. Therefore, you need to take the right measurements to find a violin that will fit your student.

How do you measure the proper violin size?

You will need to measure the length between your neck and the middle of your left-hand palm or left wrist. To take the measurements, you will need to ensure your left hand is held upright and perpendicular to your body, with no bend in your elbow or wrist.

Most teachers prefer to use the neck to wrist measurement as that will be the size that is more comfortable for the student to hold. The neck to mid-palm measurement will be the largest size the student should use.

Violin size          Arm length

1/16                   35.5 cm or 14in

1/10                   38 cm or 15in

1/8                     42 cm or 16in

1/4                     47cm or 18.5in

1/2                     51cm or 20in

3/4                     56in or 22in

4/4                     58.5cm or 23in

How do I know if the size of the violin is correct?

You will know if the violin fits if you can reach the notes using your left hands comfortably when holding up the violin. You should be able to wrap your left hand comfortably around the scroll with your arm still able to bend a little bit.

Why is it important to choose the correct size?

Playing a violin of incorrect size will make your student’s arms tired and sore. It may even hurt your student’s neck or back and you may lose interest in playing the violin.

What size violin should an adult be using?

Most adults will require a full-sized 4/4 violin. But of course, it depends on the length of your arms and do you feel comfortable holding the violin. It should not feel too heavy and you should be able to grip the top of the fingerboard with your hand, while still bending your arm easily at the elbow. If an adult feels more comfortable using the 7/8 which is slightly smaller than a 4/4, then it is fine for them to play a violin of this size.

Do I need to match the size of the violin with the bow?

Yes, the violin, bow and case come in matching sizes and usually stores sell the violin together with the matching bow and case. To save you having to worry about the sizes, you should look to buy a complete outfit which usually includes a violin, bow, rosin and case.

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There are 8 main sizes for the violin. The size refers to the length of the body of the violin, excluding the neck and scroll.

Violin sizes begin at 1/32 and go to 4/4 (full size).

The most common violin sizes are as follows: 1/32, 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8 to 4/4 or full size.

1/32, generally used by very small children, is the smallest and 4/4 (full size) is the largest, generally used by adults.

You can learn more about how to measure which violin size is right for you here.

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Our favorite violin string set of a single brand is Thomastik-Infeld – Dominant.

However, we highly recommend mixing multiple string brands to get the best sound since different string brands bring out different quality sound from each string on a violin. Our favorite violin string combination is a Jargar E, Dominant A, Dominant D, and Dominant G.

You can read more about our favorite violin string brands in our violin string recommendations article.

 

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Finding the right violin for a beginner that sounds decent, but is affordable, can be challenging. Fortunately for you, we have curated our recommended beginner violins in our guide on the best beginner violins.

Our favorite violin brand for beginners is Stentor because they look and sound better than their price range.

Beginner violins typically sell for between $100 and $500.

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Deciding whether to buy or rent a violin is an important question that many beginner violin students face. There is no straight-forward answer to this question since it depends on your individual circumstances, but there are distinct benefits to both options.

The main benefit of buying a violin instead of renting it is that it generally retains its value throughout its life which makes trading it in for a larger size or higher quality violin very viable.

The main benefit of renting a violin is that you don’t own the instrument, so if it’s damaged or your student wants to quit, you can just return it to the music store. No need to pay a repair bill or find a buyer.

To read more about the differences and see examples, read our guide on renting vs buying.

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The violin bow price can vary widely from less than $50 to well over $5000 depending on the material, the craftsmanship, and weight. In general, you should look for a violin bow that costs between 20-25% of the violin price.

Typically, the following violin bow prices apply depending on the material used:

  • Fiberglass: Fiberglass violin bows tend to be on the low-end of the violin bow price spectrum and are typically used by beginner violin students. Expect to spend less than $100 on a fiberglass violin bow.
  • Carbon Fiber: Carbon fiber violin bows are usually priced in the middle between fiberglass and wooden. They are known to be extremely durable so they are a great all-purpose violin bow material. You should expect to spend between $50 to $300 for a carbon fiber violin bow.
  • Wooden: Wooden violin bows are typically made from Pernambuco wood from Brazil. Depending on what part of the tree was used to make the bow, wooden violin bow prices can range from around $50 to well into the $1000s.

If you want to learn more about what to look for in violin bow, you can read our guide on buying violin bows.

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Cello

The adult violin comes in 2 sizes: the 4/4 (full-size) which is is 14″ wide and 23″-23.5″ long. while 7/8 is 13.5″ wide and 23.5″ long.

You can learn more about the different size violins here.

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Getting the right size violin is important to ensure the comfort of the student playing the violin. If the a violin is too big, it can lead to strain and fatigue. The same can be said for if the violin is too small. Therefore, you need to take the right measurements to find a violin that will fit your student.

How do you measure the proper violin size?

You will need to measure the length between your neck and the middle of your left-hand palm or left wrist. To take the measurements, you will need to ensure your left hand is held upright and perpendicular to your body, with no bend in your elbow or wrist.

Most teachers prefer to use the neck to wrist measurement as that will be the size that is more comfortable for the student to hold. The neck to mid-palm measurement will be the largest size the student should use.

Violin size          Arm length

1/16                   35.5 cm or 14in

1/10                   38 cm or 15in

1/8                     42 cm or 16in

1/4                     47cm or 18.5in

1/2                     51cm or 20in

3/4                     56in or 22in

4/4                     58.5cm or 23in

How do I know if the size of the violin is correct?

You will know if the violin fits if you can reach the notes using your left hands comfortably when holding up the violin. You should be able to wrap your left hand comfortably around the scroll with your arm still able to bend a little bit.

Why is it important to choose the correct size?

Playing a violin of incorrect size will make your student’s arms tired and sore. It may even hurt your student’s neck or back and you may lose interest in playing the violin.

What size violin should an adult be using?

Most adults will require a full-sized 4/4 violin. But of course, it depends on the length of your arms and do you feel comfortable holding the violin. It should not feel too heavy and you should be able to grip the top of the fingerboard with your hand, while still bending your arm easily at the elbow. If an adult feels more comfortable using the 7/8 which is slightly smaller than a 4/4, then it is fine for them to play a violin of this size.

Do I need to match the size of the violin with the bow?

Yes, the violin, bow and case come in matching sizes and usually stores sell the violin together with the matching bow and case. To save you having to worry about the sizes, you should look to buy a complete outfit which usually includes a violin, bow, rosin and case.

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There are 8 main sizes for the violin. The size refers to the length of the body of the violin, excluding the neck and scroll.

Violin sizes begin at 1/32 and go to 4/4 (full size).

The most common violin sizes are as follows: 1/32, 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8 to 4/4 or full size.

1/32, generally used by very small children, is the smallest and 4/4 (full size) is the largest, generally used by adults.

You can learn more about how to measure which violin size is right for you here.

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Our favorite violin string set of a single brand is Thomastik-Infeld – Dominant.

However, we highly recommend mixing multiple string brands to get the best sound since different string brands bring out different quality sound from each string on a violin. Our favorite violin string combination is a Jargar E, Dominant A, Dominant D, and Dominant G.

You can read more about our favorite violin string brands in our violin string recommendations article.

 

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You call someone who plays violin a violinist or a violin player.

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Finding the right violin for a beginner that sounds decent, but is affordable, can be challenging. Fortunately for you, we have curated our recommended beginner violins in our guide on the best beginner violins.

Our favorite violin brand for beginners is Stentor because they look and sound better than their price range.

Beginner violins typically sell for between $100 and $500.

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Deciding whether to buy or rent a violin is an important question that many beginner violin students face. There is no straight-forward answer to this question since it depends on your individual circumstances, but there are distinct benefits to both options.

The main benefit of buying a violin instead of renting it is that it generally retains its value throughout its life which makes trading it in for a larger size or higher quality violin very viable.

The main benefit of renting a violin is that you don’t own the instrument, so if it’s damaged or your student wants to quit, you can just return it to the music store. No need to pay a repair bill or find a buyer.

To read more about the differences and see examples, read our guide on renting vs buying.

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The violin bow price can vary widely from less than $50 to well over $5000 depending on the material, the craftsmanship, and weight. In general, you should look for a violin bow that costs between 20-25% of the violin price.

Typically, the following violin bow prices apply depending on the material used:

  • Fiberglass: Fiberglass violin bows tend to be on the low-end of the violin bow price spectrum and are typically used by beginner violin students. Expect to spend less than $100 on a fiberglass violin bow.
  • Carbon Fiber: Carbon fiber violin bows are usually priced in the middle between fiberglass and wooden. They are known to be extremely durable so they are a great all-purpose violin bow material. You should expect to spend between $50 to $300 for a carbon fiber violin bow.
  • Wooden: Wooden violin bows are typically made from Pernambuco wood from Brazil. Depending on what part of the tree was used to make the bow, wooden violin bow prices can range from around $50 to well into the $1000s.

If you want to learn more about what to look for in violin bow, you can read our guide on buying violin bows.

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Double Bass

The adult violin comes in 2 sizes: the 4/4 (full-size) which is is 14″ wide and 23″-23.5″ long. while 7/8 is 13.5″ wide and 23.5″ long.

You can learn more about the different size violins here.

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Getting the right size violin is important to ensure the comfort of the student playing the violin. If the a violin is too big, it can lead to strain and fatigue. The same can be said for if the violin is too small. Therefore, you need to take the right measurements to find a violin that will fit your student.

How do you measure the proper violin size?

You will need to measure the length between your neck and the middle of your left-hand palm or left wrist. To take the measurements, you will need to ensure your left hand is held upright and perpendicular to your body, with no bend in your elbow or wrist.

Most teachers prefer to use the neck to wrist measurement as that will be the size that is more comfortable for the student to hold. The neck to mid-palm measurement will be the largest size the student should use.

Violin size          Arm length

1/16                   35.5 cm or 14in

1/10                   38 cm or 15in

1/8                     42 cm or 16in

1/4                     47cm or 18.5in

1/2                     51cm or 20in

3/4                     56in or 22in

4/4                     58.5cm or 23in

How do I know if the size of the violin is correct?

You will know if the violin fits if you can reach the notes using your left hands comfortably when holding up the violin. You should be able to wrap your left hand comfortably around the scroll with your arm still able to bend a little bit.

Why is it important to choose the correct size?

Playing a violin of incorrect size will make your student’s arms tired and sore. It may even hurt your student’s neck or back and you may lose interest in playing the violin.

What size violin should an adult be using?

Most adults will require a full-sized 4/4 violin. But of course, it depends on the length of your arms and do you feel comfortable holding the violin. It should not feel too heavy and you should be able to grip the top of the fingerboard with your hand, while still bending your arm easily at the elbow. If an adult feels more comfortable using the 7/8 which is slightly smaller than a 4/4, then it is fine for them to play a violin of this size.

Do I need to match the size of the violin with the bow?

Yes, the violin, bow and case come in matching sizes and usually stores sell the violin together with the matching bow and case. To save you having to worry about the sizes, you should look to buy a complete outfit which usually includes a violin, bow, rosin and case.

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There are 8 main sizes for the violin. The size refers to the length of the body of the violin, excluding the neck and scroll.

Violin sizes begin at 1/32 and go to 4/4 (full size).

The most common violin sizes are as follows: 1/32, 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8 to 4/4 or full size.

1/32, generally used by very small children, is the smallest and 4/4 (full size) is the largest, generally used by adults.

You can learn more about how to measure which violin size is right for you here.

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Our favorite violin string set of a single brand is Thomastik-Infeld – Dominant.

However, we highly recommend mixing multiple string brands to get the best sound since different string brands bring out different quality sound from each string on a violin. Our favorite violin string combination is a Jargar E, Dominant A, Dominant D, and Dominant G.

You can read more about our favorite violin string brands in our violin string recommendations article.

 

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Finding the right violin for a beginner that sounds decent, but is affordable, can be challenging. Fortunately for you, we have curated our recommended beginner violins in our guide on the best beginner violins.

Our favorite violin brand for beginners is Stentor because they look and sound better than their price range.

Beginner violins typically sell for between $100 and $500.

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Deciding whether to buy or rent a violin is an important question that many beginner violin students face. There is no straight-forward answer to this question since it depends on your individual circumstances, but there are distinct benefits to both options.

The main benefit of buying a violin instead of renting it is that it generally retains its value throughout its life which makes trading it in for a larger size or higher quality violin very viable.

The main benefit of renting a violin is that you don’t own the instrument, so if it’s damaged or your student wants to quit, you can just return it to the music store. No need to pay a repair bill or find a buyer.

To read more about the differences and see examples, read our guide on renting vs buying.

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The violin bow price can vary widely from less than $50 to well over $5000 depending on the material, the craftsmanship, and weight. In general, you should look for a violin bow that costs between 20-25% of the violin price.

Typically, the following violin bow prices apply depending on the material used:

  • Fiberglass: Fiberglass violin bows tend to be on the low-end of the violin bow price spectrum and are typically used by beginner violin students. Expect to spend less than $100 on a fiberglass violin bow.
  • Carbon Fiber: Carbon fiber violin bows are usually priced in the middle between fiberglass and wooden. They are known to be extremely durable so they are a great all-purpose violin bow material. You should expect to spend between $50 to $300 for a carbon fiber violin bow.
  • Wooden: Wooden violin bows are typically made from Pernambuco wood from Brazil. Depending on what part of the tree was used to make the bow, wooden violin bow prices can range from around $50 to well into the $1000s.

If you want to learn more about what to look for in violin bow, you can read our guide on buying violin bows.

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Piano

The adult violin comes in 2 sizes: the 4/4 (full-size) which is is 14″ wide and 23″-23.5″ long. while 7/8 is 13.5″ wide and 23.5″ long.

You can learn more about the different size violins here.

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Getting the right size violin is important to ensure the comfort of the student playing the violin. If the a violin is too big, it can lead to strain and fatigue. The same can be said for if the violin is too small. Therefore, you need to take the right measurements to find a violin that will fit your student.

How do you measure the proper violin size?

You will need to measure the length between your neck and the middle of your left-hand palm or left wrist. To take the measurements, you will need to ensure your left hand is held upright and perpendicular to your body, with no bend in your elbow or wrist.

Most teachers prefer to use the neck to wrist measurement as that will be the size that is more comfortable for the student to hold. The neck to mid-palm measurement will be the largest size the student should use.

Violin size          Arm length

1/16                   35.5 cm or 14in

1/10                   38 cm or 15in

1/8                     42 cm or 16in

1/4                     47cm or 18.5in

1/2                     51cm or 20in

3/4                     56in or 22in

4/4                     58.5cm or 23in

How do I know if the size of the violin is correct?

You will know if the violin fits if you can reach the notes using your left hands comfortably when holding up the violin. You should be able to wrap your left hand comfortably around the scroll with your arm still able to bend a little bit.

Why is it important to choose the correct size?

Playing a violin of incorrect size will make your student’s arms tired and sore. It may even hurt your student’s neck or back and you may lose interest in playing the violin.

What size violin should an adult be using?

Most adults will require a full-sized 4/4 violin. But of course, it depends on the length of your arms and do you feel comfortable holding the violin. It should not feel too heavy and you should be able to grip the top of the fingerboard with your hand, while still bending your arm easily at the elbow. If an adult feels more comfortable using the 7/8 which is slightly smaller than a 4/4, then it is fine for them to play a violin of this size.

Do I need to match the size of the violin with the bow?

Yes, the violin, bow and case come in matching sizes and usually stores sell the violin together with the matching bow and case. To save you having to worry about the sizes, you should look to buy a complete outfit which usually includes a violin, bow, rosin and case.

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There are 8 main sizes for the violin. The size refers to the length of the body of the violin, excluding the neck and scroll.

Violin sizes begin at 1/32 and go to 4/4 (full size).

The most common violin sizes are as follows: 1/32, 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8 to 4/4 or full size.

1/32, generally used by very small children, is the smallest and 4/4 (full size) is the largest, generally used by adults.

You can learn more about how to measure which violin size is right for you here.

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Our favorite violin string set of a single brand is Thomastik-Infeld – Dominant.

However, we highly recommend mixing multiple string brands to get the best sound since different string brands bring out different quality sound from each string on a violin. Our favorite violin string combination is a Jargar E, Dominant A, Dominant D, and Dominant G.

You can read more about our favorite violin string brands in our violin string recommendations article.

 

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Finding the right violin for a beginner that sounds decent, but is affordable, can be challenging. Fortunately for you, we have curated our recommended beginner violins in our guide on the best beginner violins.

Our favorite violin brand for beginners is Stentor because they look and sound better than their price range.

Beginner violins typically sell for between $100 and $500.

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Deciding whether to buy or rent a violin is an important question that many beginner violin students face. There is no straight-forward answer to this question since it depends on your individual circumstances, but there are distinct benefits to both options.

The main benefit of buying a violin instead of renting it is that it generally retains its value throughout its life which makes trading it in for a larger size or higher quality violin very viable.

The main benefit of renting a violin is that you don’t own the instrument, so if it’s damaged or your student wants to quit, you can just return it to the music store. No need to pay a repair bill or find a buyer.

To read more about the differences and see examples, read our guide on renting vs buying.

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The violin bow price can vary widely from less than $50 to well over $5000 depending on the material, the craftsmanship, and weight. In general, you should look for a violin bow that costs between 20-25% of the violin price.

Typically, the following violin bow prices apply depending on the material used:

  • Fiberglass: Fiberglass violin bows tend to be on the low-end of the violin bow price spectrum and are typically used by beginner violin students. Expect to spend less than $100 on a fiberglass violin bow.
  • Carbon Fiber: Carbon fiber violin bows are usually priced in the middle between fiberglass and wooden. They are known to be extremely durable so they are a great all-purpose violin bow material. You should expect to spend between $50 to $300 for a carbon fiber violin bow.
  • Wooden: Wooden violin bows are typically made from Pernambuco wood from Brazil. Depending on what part of the tree was used to make the bow, wooden violin bow prices can range from around $50 to well into the $1000s.

If you want to learn more about what to look for in violin bow, you can read our guide on buying violin bows.

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The adult violin comes in 2 sizes: the 4/4 (full-size) which is is 14″ wide and 23″-23.5″ long. while 7/8 is 13.5″ wide and 23.5″ long.

You can learn more about the different size violins here.

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Getting the right size violin is important to ensure the comfort of the student playing the violin. If the a violin is too big, it can lead to strain and fatigue. The same can be said for if the violin is too small. Therefore, you need to take the right measurements to find a violin that will fit your student.

How do you measure the proper violin size?

You will need to measure the length between your neck and the middle of your left-hand palm or left wrist. To take the measurements, you will need to ensure your left hand is held upright and perpendicular to your body, with no bend in your elbow or wrist.

Most teachers prefer to use the neck to wrist measurement as that will be the size that is more comfortable for the student to hold. The neck to mid-palm measurement will be the largest size the student should use.

Violin size          Arm length

1/16                   35.5 cm or 14in

1/10                   38 cm or 15in

1/8                     42 cm or 16in

1/4                     47cm or 18.5in

1/2                     51cm or 20in

3/4                     56in or 22in

4/4                     58.5cm or 23in

How do I know if the size of the violin is correct?

You will know if the violin fits if you can reach the notes using your left hands comfortably when holding up the violin. You should be able to wrap your left hand comfortably around the scroll with your arm still able to bend a little bit.

Why is it important to choose the correct size?

Playing a violin of incorrect size will make your student’s arms tired and sore. It may even hurt your student’s neck or back and you may lose interest in playing the violin.

What size violin should an adult be using?

Most adults will require a full-sized 4/4 violin. But of course, it depends on the length of your arms and do you feel comfortable holding the violin. It should not feel too heavy and you should be able to grip the top of the fingerboard with your hand, while still bending your arm easily at the elbow. If an adult feels more comfortable using the 7/8 which is slightly smaller than a 4/4, then it is fine for them to play a violin of this size.

Do I need to match the size of the violin with the bow?

Yes, the violin, bow and case come in matching sizes and usually stores sell the violin together with the matching bow and case. To save you having to worry about the sizes, you should look to buy a complete outfit which usually includes a violin, bow, rosin and case.

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There are 8 main sizes for the violin. The size refers to the length of the body of the violin, excluding the neck and scroll.

Violin sizes begin at 1/32 and go to 4/4 (full size).

The most common violin sizes are as follows: 1/32, 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8 to 4/4 or full size.

1/32, generally used by very small children, is the smallest and 4/4 (full size) is the largest, generally used by adults.

You can learn more about how to measure which violin size is right for you here.

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Our favorite violin string set of a single brand is Thomastik-Infeld – Dominant.

However, we highly recommend mixing multiple string brands to get the best sound since different string brands bring out different quality sound from each string on a violin. Our favorite violin string combination is a Jargar E, Dominant A, Dominant D, and Dominant G.

You can read more about our favorite violin string brands in our violin string recommendations article.

 

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You call someone who plays violin a violinist or a violin player.

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Finding the right violin for a beginner that sounds decent, but is affordable, can be challenging. Fortunately for you, we have curated our recommended beginner violins in our guide on the best beginner violins.

Our favorite violin brand for beginners is Stentor because they look and sound better than their price range.

Beginner violins typically sell for between $100 and $500.

Category: Violin

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Deciding whether to buy or rent a violin is an important question that many beginner violin students face. There is no straight-forward answer to this question since it depends on your individual circumstances, but there are distinct benefits to both options.

The main benefit of buying a violin instead of renting it is that it generally retains its value throughout its life which makes trading it in for a larger size or higher quality violin very viable.

The main benefit of renting a violin is that you don’t own the instrument, so if it’s damaged or your student wants to quit, you can just return it to the music store. No need to pay a repair bill or find a buyer.

To read more about the differences and see examples, read our guide on renting vs buying.

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The violin bow price can vary widely from less than $50 to well over $5000 depending on the material, the craftsmanship, and weight. In general, you should look for a violin bow that costs between 20-25% of the violin price.

Typically, the following violin bow prices apply depending on the material used:

  • Fiberglass: Fiberglass violin bows tend to be on the low-end of the violin bow price spectrum and are typically used by beginner violin students. Expect to spend less than $100 on a fiberglass violin bow.
  • Carbon Fiber: Carbon fiber violin bows are usually priced in the middle between fiberglass and wooden. They are known to be extremely durable so they are a great all-purpose violin bow material. You should expect to spend between $50 to $300 for a carbon fiber violin bow.
  • Wooden: Wooden violin bows are typically made from Pernambuco wood from Brazil. Depending on what part of the tree was used to make the bow, wooden violin bow prices can range from around $50 to well into the $1000s.

If you want to learn more about what to look for in violin bow, you can read our guide on buying violin bows.

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