Instrument Size Guide
Double basses are available in a range of sizes to suit children of different ages and height. Listed below are the recommended sizes of double bass for various age groups and heights. These are rough estimates and based on typical sizes for heights for ages. If you have any doubts in sizing please speak with your child's tutor.
¼ size Ages 7-9 Years
½ size Ages 9-13 Years
¾ size Ages 13+
We hope you enjoy your instrument. Please take the time to read the information below in order to keep the instrument in its best condition.
Caring for your instrument
Double basses are expensive and large instruments, and as such great care should be taken when moving and transporting them. There will be a spike on the bottom of your instrument, which may be sharp so please take care when setting the instrument down.
After Each Use
We recommend that you wipe down the strings of your double bass after each use to extend their life. Sweat from playing causes strings to corrode and rust which eventually results in a dull tone. Any excess rosin should be wiped from the body of the instrument. The bow should be loosened after use in order to keep it in good condition. Always carefully retract the spike and then put your cello/double bass back in its case after playing to avoid accidental damage.
Strings inevitably break and need replacing. (Please note that replacing strings is the responsibility of the hirer). Some shops will sell individual strings however many will only sell full sets. Please ensure you buy the correct length strings for your size violin/viola. Your tutor should be able to show you how to replace strings, however many tutorials can also be found online.
Never use commercial cleaning products or polishes to clean your violin/viola as they can damage the finish. A damp cloth is all that is needed.
If you need advice about tuning, there are a wealth of tutorials available on Youtube which will show you what to do whilst also providing the relevant tuning notes for your instrument.