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pky
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If you look at the violin sizes http://fiddlerman.com/what-siz.....uld-i-get/ 

one will notice that from one size to another size up (bigger) there's usually an inch jump in body length (1/8 to 1/4 is more than an inch jump). However, from 1/2 size on it is only .5 inch. I wonder why it is so. Is it because the learners at this age are expected to be more accurate in intonation --  smaller change create less inaccuracy of fingering?

My other question is: is it possible for a child to jump from 1/2 size violin to full size violin, since there's only one inch difference? This question generated in my mind when I saw parents selling their 1/2 violins stating their children had moved up to full size violin (I know they could have sold 3/4 as well).

 

Thank you for your input!

  

Size

body length

total length

width

 

1/64

7”*

12.5”*

3.5”*

 

1/32

7.5”*

13.5*

4”*

 

1/16

8.25″     (210 mm)

14.5″     (368 mm)

4.45″  (113 mm)

 

1/10

9.25″

(235 mm)

16″

(406 mm)

5″

(127 mm)

 

1/8

10.25″

(260 mm)

17.25″

(438 mm)

5.5″

(140 mm)

 

¼

11.5″

(292 mm)

18.75″

(476 mm)

6″

(152 mm)

 

½

12.5″

(318 mm)

20.5″

(521 mm)

6.75″

(172 mm)

 

¾

13″

(330 mm)

21.75″

(552 mm)

7″

(178 mm)

 

7/8

13.5″

(343 mm)

22.5″

(572 mm)

7.25″

(184 mm)

 

4/4

14″(356 mm)

23.5″

(597 mm)

7.5″

(191 mm)

 
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These arent rules....theyre more like guidelines! My daughter went from a half to a whole, not such a big deal at that age. Other kids grow slower and reaching first posistion correctly and comfortable can be affected (small percentage im sure, obviously youve not seen kids grow) Your length fingertip to fingertip is the same as your height. (maybe on full grown kids, they frown on you measuring strangers kids at the playground, so no studies completed as of yet) Now, the question that bugs me is why are Violas measured in inches but Violins are measured in fractions? (mind blown)jimi-hendrix

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@pky... prior to the 1/16 size, there is a 1/2" difference in size.

1/16 - 1/8, there is 1" difference in size, which is 3/4" longer than than 1/16 size.

1/8 - 1/2, there is 1 1/4" longer in size than the 1/8 size.

3/4 - 4/4, they step up 1/2" at a time in size.

There is 1 1/2" difference from 1/2 to 4/4 full size.

Violin size's are standard, a given size.

When we use the term, "full size violin", we think 4/4.

When we use the term, "full size viola", we ask how big in inches.

 

A viola full size can go from 15" up to and including 16 1/2", they step in 1/2" fraction's. There is no official standard size for a full size viola.

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