Why is there no standardized size for violas?



Asked by: Luis Dickey

Are there different sizes of violas?





Unlike violins or cellos, full size violas can come in a variety of sizes anywhere from a 15” body length to an 18” body length. Just because you may be tall does not necessarily mean a larger viola is for you. And just because you may be a bit short does not necessarily mean a small viola is for you.

What is the regular size of viola?

15 and 16 inch

The most regular viola sizes are 15 and 16 inch.
For large people viola’s even come in bigger sizes: 17 and 18 inch… Almost a small cello!

What determines the size of a viola?

Viola sizes are defined by measuring the reverse side length from the side of the button to the centre line at the base. Violas of between 16 and 16½ inches (40.6 to 42cm) are classed as large-sized and suitable for most adults. Hidersine viola sizes are available in the standard and most commonly played sizes.

Is a 16 inch viola full size?





Our violas are available in 7 different sizes: 16.5″, 16″ (also known as full size), 15.5″, 15″, 14″, 13″ and 12″. 16.5″ viola is the biggest and 12″ viola is the smallest. Most adults use 16″ violas.

Is a 14 inch viola full size?

The 14-inch viola is the same length as the full-size (4/4) violin… BUT put it under your chin. It’s deeper, measuring from front to back.

What size is a 22 inch viola?

Viola Sizing Chart

Approximate Age Range Arm Measurement Viola Size
14 – Adult 25″-25.5″ 15.5″ Viola
12- 13 years 24.5″ – 25″ 15″ Viola
9 – 12 years 23″ – 24.5″ 14″ Viola
7 – 9 years 21.5″ – 22″ 13″ Viola

How do I know if my viola is too small?

It’s too small if the fingers sit properly but the bend in the arm is very large. It’s too big if your child has to push his or her shoulder out to reach. While holding the violin in the playing position, the scroll should reach the wrist when the student extends his or her arm all the way out.

Is viola too small?

Violas can be sized a little bigger than violins, but avoidance of strain is absolutely critical. If you have short arms and small hands, do not go above 15.5″ especially for your first instrument, 15″ if you’re really small or want to be careful. Good violas under 16″ are harder to find, but many do exist.



How many inches is a 3/4 size viola?

14 inches

3/4 Viola = 356mm or approx. 14 inches.

What is the best size violin for beginners?

Children often start the learning process on a good quality 1/10, 1/8, 1/4/ or 1/2 size violin, depending on their size. Some of the finest makes on offer are the Forenza and Stentor brands, expertly manufactured to achieve excellent results.



How do I know if my violin is 3/4 or 4 4?

Violin Body Lengths:

  1. 4/4 Violin = 356mm or approx. 14 inches (35.6 cm)
  2. 7/8 Violin = 343mm – 348mm or approx. 13½ inches.
  3. 3/4 Violin = 335mm or approx. 13 inches (33.0 cm)
  4. 1/2 Violin = 310mm or approx. 12.2 inches (31.0 cm)
  5. 1/4 Violin = 280mm or approx. …
  6. 1/8 Violin = 255mm or approx. …
  7. 1/16 Violin = 230mm or approx.

Do adults play 3 4 violin?

Many smaller adults wonder if they need to play on a 3/4 size instrument because they’re unaware of the range of sizes available, or feel that full size (4/4) is too large. The range of adults who can play on a full-size violin is far greater than for viola or cello.

What do you call a person who plays the viola?

violist 1. / (vɪˈəʊlɪst) / noun. US a person who plays the viola.