Especially if you have to buy a violin for your kid, think that the kid might need a larger violin in a couple of years. At the same time, if you want your kid to use the instrument right away. The value is the threshold; you can’t go beyond that.
Things to Avoid When Looking for Your Size
Once you have the clarity about the size you want to go with, you are halfway in your journey to pick up the right instrument. The remainder of your journey will involve decision-making, avoiding the mistakes people make, even after getting the size right.
We are highlighting those often missed points here so that you can avoid those potential mistakes.
1. Absolutes Change With Brands
Though numeric values should be the same everywhere, absolutes are absolutes. But we don’t even live in a perfect world. Do we? The length of 1/10 violin from brand A may not equate to the 1/10 violin of brand B.
The lesson we learn here is that you need to crosscheck the violin you received. Make sure the size is the same. Thus, measure in centimeters for exact evaluation. If it does not align with your target size, immediately speak to your seller.
2. One Size May Not Always Fit All
There is another very subtle variable that you can’t afford to overlook. A person with a particular arm length would indeed require a standard-sized violin. But there are exceptions too.
The exception comes into play when your palm size is too small. Even with the “neck to palm method,” we only measure till the middle of the palm.
Suppose you have got the measurement right, still not feeling comfortable with your instrument. Then, it will help if you consider taking a little smaller size.
As discussed in this piece, every age group requires a uniquely sized violin. If you have a growing child at home, it might become a costly affair to get a new violin set every year. Also, you will need to purchase accessories like the case and bow separately.
If your child is growing fast, it’s always a good idea to rent a violin until he/she needs a regular size like 3/4 or 4/4.