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What size violin do I need?

Hi

Okay so I've never played a Violin before and I know nothing about them but I'm taking lessons but I need to know what size cause we'll probably buy one from online.

I'm 13 (a girl if that matters???) I'm about 5 ft. 3 in. i weigh 113lbs. if that even matters. So what size do I need because I really have no idea what I'm looking for :/

Lol thanks!

Hi Madam WolvesLostQueen,

First thing i would like to answer you about the sizes of violin. Even though they are called as 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and 4/4, actually their body size differences are within three inches. According to the pattern, a 1/4 size violin body is 11" long, and a full 4/4 size violin body length is 14". If you look at their bows, the 1/4 size bow is about 22" but the full size bow is 29" long!

So that, you arm length is most important for picking the correct violin size. For a 5' 3" Girl, you can pick the smallest from a 3/4 to a full size violin. You may go to a local music store to get a free trial. If you a smaller violin, it may be easier for you to put it on your shoulder. But the intonation accuracy can be more difficult to keep. Because of the violin size reduced, the distance between fingers will become tighter! i remember the small built famous violinist Midori who played a 3/4 violin before she loaned the Guarneri ex-David.

One more thing, your concern about buying it online; I want to ask for your reason. It's interesting you have chance to spend less money but buy a great sound violin, you also may receive a junk from the mail.
I don't want to create any rumour about online violin is TOY/Garbage/Junk/Factory-made.
I bought several good sound violins off the web from China, not all of them have a good setup. Some of them, the bridges are too high, i need to redo the bridges. And all of them I replaced their strings with synthetic strings then they sound well after two to three weeks warm up period. I bid them from Ebay music stores, including shipment the total price was less than US$350.
Because of their symmetric matching wood grain, the inlaid purfling, the fingerboard, peg box, pegs and f-hole cuttings. I believe they are all hand-made violin. With such low price can buy a good violin, I am happy.

Of course, if you can spend $3000 dollars to a local violin maker (luthier) you have the chance to look at the instrument, touch the instrument, and play the instrument before you love it and buy it.
If you want to start your adventure to buy it online, let me share with you few things:

Make sure have enough picture to examine the instrument.
Make sure the seller has the 14 days return policy.
Make sure it cover bow, violin and the case. (But I don't like to pick from any factorymade outfit)
look at the picture:
the violin is symmetric cutting on bow sides, especially the f-hole
four strings are evenly distributed on the nut
from the side view, the strings are not too far off from the finger board.
The top spruce grain is fine and highly packed
Either the back is one piece or two, if two pieces constructed, make sure the flames are symmetric on both sides.
From the tail end view, the bridge cutting is a curve taller on the left (G) and lower to the right (E)
From the side view, look at the bridge, make sure the feet of the bridge are fitted onto the top of the violin. And the angle between the feet and the violin top of the side closer to the tailpiece must be a right angle!
Some ebay stores have the sound clip and you may listen it before you make the decision.
Look at: JoyeeMusic, Sound-Studio, Feng-Violin, Old-Violin-House patiently, you may find a good one!

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