Ifshin Violins
Instrument Sizing

We encourage any student interested in renting an instrument from Ifshin Violin Rentals to call ahead of time so we may hold an instrument for you. We are also happy to help you with sizing.

The process we use at Ifshin Violins to size is to measure the player's outstretched arm from neck to mid palm. This simulates holding the violin under one's chin with the scroll resting in the palm of the hand. Below is the size breakdown according to this method. Calling ahead with this measurement will ensure that we have the appropriate instruments ready for you, though we always check the fit if the student comes into the shop. If you are not sure which models are available in your size, you can learn more here.

Violins

   Size     Inches
  1/16     14 - 15 1/4
  1/10     15 1/4 - 16 7/8
  1/8     16 7/8 - 18 1/2
  1/4     18 1/2 - 20 1/4
  1/2     20 1/4 - 22 1/4
  3/4     22 1/4 - 23 5/8
  4/4 23 5/8 and up

 

Violas
Viola sizes at Ifshin Violins are determined by the length of the back of the viola in inches (excluding neck button). Any student measuring less than 21" from neck to palm may request a violin of the proper size strung as a viola.

    Size     Inches
  12 1/4"     21 - 21 1/2
  13"     21 1/2 - 23 1/4
  14"    23 1/4 - 24 3/4
  15"     24 3/4 - 25 1/2
  15 1/2"     25 1/2 - 26 1/4
  16" 26 1/4 and up

 

Cellos
We have not yet found a successful method for cello sizing without seeing the student in person. However, please call ahead, since age and height (or your teacher's recommendations) will all help us to estimate the size the student may need.

We offer cellos in sizes from 1/10 to 4/4.

Please note that we have two options available in the 1/2 cello:

  • small 1/2: 24" back (measured from button to endpin)
  • large 1/2: 26" back

Please call us at (510) 843-5466 with any questions.