My daughter is 6 years old and taking violin in school. They recommended that they go with 1/10 or 1/8. I went with 1/8 as she is on the taller side.

Receiving the violin in the mail, this thing looks tiny. When she holds it it is perfect size, but it seems as though she'd grow out of it really quickly.

I checked a chart online and it seems like 1/4 is for 5-7 year olds.

Would it be ok to go with the larger violin for her to grow into instead of the 1/8, where I fear she will grow out of it quickly?


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    I think normally instruments that come in different sizes are rented, so when the child is too large you simply switch to the next size up with the rental company. Perhaps that is not an option for you. – Todd Wilcox Jan 15 '16 at 20:34
  • Renting would have been the best way to go. – user1044 Jan 16 '16 at 3:20

The important here is to have the correct size, and following a age chart is not the way to find it. Every child is different, some are small at the same age as others already grew up.

There is one rule that is the one I think you should follow. Check this image:

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If the child can reach out their hand and close the hand around it with a straight arm then the violin is OK.
If when reaching the head and closing the hand the arm gets bent, the child needs a bigger violin.
If the child does not reach the head then the violin is too big.

If you are not sure between two of those possibilities then it's no big deal, it means soon you have to get a new instrument or that the instrument will fit better soon.

If it's very clear that it is too small or too big change it! A bad size will make the child get used to a bad position and will influence the tuning and ergonomy in a bad way.

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