Visit a reputable music store, preferably a string-specific store. This is the best way to buy a child violin. In an exhibition space, there will be trained employees who can help you measure your child correctly and also show you the tone of the violin.
Measure your child. Children’s violins are usually available in six sizes smaller than full size: 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4. The best way to measure your baby for size is with multiple sizes. With the help of a trained employee or a music teacher, place the violin on the child’s left shoulder in the correct position. If the violin is the right size, the roll of the violin rests in the child’s extended left hand. If the child holds the hand on the violin nut, the left elbow should have a comfortable bend. If you need to measure the baby without an instrument, here is a general size guide: with the left arm outstretched, measure from the neck to the center of the outstretched palm. A measurement of 14.5 to 15.5 inches requires a 1/16 size; 15.75 to 16.5 fits a 1/10; 16.75 to 18.5 to 1/8; 18.75 to 20 a 1/4; 20.25 to 21.5 to 1/2; 21.75 to 22.5 to 3/4.
Listen to the tone of the instrument. If you yourself are a violinist, play the instrument for a few minutes and try several different styles. If you can not play the violin, ask a store staff to show you the tone. If possible, listen to two or three instruments so you can choose the one you like best.
Tips and warnings
Your child wants to play the violin, but you have never even touched the instrument yourself. But you want to buy a violin for your child. Of course, advice from a violinist friend or a violin teacher is invaluable in the process if you choose a violin for your child. If you have to make purchases on your own, there are several things you should keep in mind for your child to get the violin that best suits his needs.