Not everyone is full-size…and one size does not fit all. Violin-family instruments are somewhat unique in that people of all sizes and ages play them, and they are sized to fit the stature of the player. You rarely see a 3-year-old studying the trombone. Many would say this is a good thing…probably everyone but practitioners of the trombone.
When a 3-year-old, or a 12-year-old, picks up a violin to begin their studies, they play what is referred to as a fractional size instrument. Violins are sized down from 4/4 (full-size) – 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10, 1/16, 1/32. A 1/32 violin is small enough for me to put it in my pants-pocket (don’t try this at home). While I have never met a 1/32 size violin that made a truly beautiful sound, it is imperative that it is well set up and easy to play.
Cellos, violas, and even basses come in fractional sizes small enough for the earliest student. We stock the smallest sizes and strive to have instruments that are responsive, easy to play, and encouraging for a young student. We currently have a large stock of high-quality 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 violins that are more advanced options for those students who have been playing since an early age.