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freakinshoe69
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August 10, 2017 - 11:59 pm
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My sister just gave me this fiddle today and I googled it and seen there really is no difference between the fiddle and a violin only fiddle is smaller. I was wonder can I play classical music on this fiddle like a violin and have it sound just as good. and what size strings do I buy and can an electric violin tuner work on this fiddle?IMG-20170810-00017.jpgImage Enlarger

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Jim Dunleavy
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Hi and welcome to the forum! 🙂

There is actually NO difference between a fiddle and a violin. The terms are more often used to differentiate the style of music played on the instrument.

I would guess what you have there is a fractional sized violin. They make them all the way from 1/8 size up to full size (4/4) so that young children can start playing on a suitable sized instrument.

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Welcome to the forum! 

Jim is right, there is no difference in a violin and fiddle, it has to do with what style a person plays, but I've hear a lot of classical players still call their violin a fiddle. 🙂

To find out what size your violin is, you can measure the body. (A full size is 14")

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the back of mine is 13 1/4 so what fractional size would that b? i have to order a new bow and i want to order some new strings for it. Thanx for the help. on the inside it says Scherl & Roth and out beside that it looks like it says hand written 3/4. so do i have a  3/4?

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A 7/8 violin falls right about 13 1/2 inches (from what I've found online). A 3/4 falls at around 13" or 13 1/4".

Are you measuring the button? If you are, subtract that and you'd have a 3/4 violin 🙂 

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I didnt measure the button. On the inside it says model B270E3 Scherl & Roth 3/4.

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My brain is foggy today and read your post wrong (read your 13 1/4 as 1/2) . So yes, you have a 3/4 🙂

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yea i just googled it and figured that out. thanx again for the help. now after i order a few things for it ill but up and learning to play.

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Welcome to the forum freakinshoe69. I'm glad you guys figured it out.
You can absolutely use it but most adults play on 4/4, full size violins.
Could be hard to hold and finger such a small instrument and the sound will be brighter and weaker.
Enjoy your instrument and keep us informed on your progress. 🙂

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Welcome to the forum.  I like you violin.

Enjoy and post often.  

Cheers.

Toni

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I think im gonna sell this 3/4 and monday im gonna  order a 4/4.

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You are probably doing the right thing. Good luck with both the sale and the purchase. Looking forward to hearing about it!

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